Economic Gardening

Scott County is excited to offer this national program aimed at cultivating "second stage" business grow and thrive in our region.  Scott County -- in  partnership with Hennepin, Ramsey, Carver, and Anoka counties, the Edward Lowe Foundation, and the National Center for Economic Gardening -- want to help growing businesses make better decisions for the future through strategic research, facilitated CEO discussions of relevant issues, and interest forums.  Now it is third year, Scott County is part of the largest multi-county Economic Gardening program in the nation. 

Over the course of eight months, accepted companies will participate in CEO roundtables and forums, as well as spend approximately 50 hours collaborating with the research team.  The best part – all of the fees associated with the Economic Gardening program are covered by Scott County.  If you are able and willing to devote time to the program, Economic Gardening may be the answer you’re looking for to take your business to the next level.  

Events

What is it?
  • Provides scholarships to owners of second stage growth businesses for business research combined with peer learning and business forums. 
  • 2016-2017 Program starts in Fall 2016. 

What businesses are eligible?
  • Privately held businesses 
  • 10-99 employees 
  • Revenue between $1M-$50M 
  • Ready to transition from small to large — past start-up stage but not yet mature 
  • Appetite and aptitude for growth 

How does it work?
 The Economic Gardening program provides:
  • Custom research:  40-60 hours per chief operating officer 
  • Chief operating officer (CEO) round tables sessions:  8 half-day sessions 
  • CEO forum events:  4 sessions for CEOs and additional companies per session 
For more information:
Brad Davis
952-496-8654
bdavis@co.scott.mn.us 

Register online at: 
Edward Lowe Foundation

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