Accelerating Success: Strategies to Support High-Growth Companies
Wednesday, November 14, 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST
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Do you know which companies in your community have the potential for creating the most jobs? Companies that have survived the start-up stage, but have not yet grown to full maturity, are your best bet. Many of these firms fly under the radar but the payoff for recognizing them and meeting their unique needs and challenges can be great. By learning how to identify and support your community's high-growth companies, you can strategically target and nurture job creation. Join IEDC on November 14 and learn how to identify and support local companies that are entering a growth stage or that have strong potential for rapid growth.
You will walk away from this webinar:
• Knowing how to identify local companies that are growing rapidly or have potential for high growth.
• Equipped with new strategies to support and promote these companies.
• Understanding which strategies and tactics will work best in your own community.
Edward Lowe Foundation
Mark Lange is the executive director for the Edward Lowe Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to accelerate entrepreneurship and its impact on community and economic development. As executive director, Lange ensures that the foundation's initiatives and day-to-day activities lead to the fulfillment of short and long-term goals. He works closely with the foundation president on management development and strategic direction. Since joining the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1998, Lange has led the organization to increased national recognition and a focus on second-stage entrepreneurs-companies poised for growth and job creation. To assist these entrepreneurs, the foundation works through local and regional support organizations to deliver education programs, recognition events and information services. It also conducts and publishes research to underscore the contributions that second-stage businesses and entrepreneurs make to local communities and the national economy.
President and CEO
Richardson Chamber of Commerce
William Sproull is President and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC), Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP). This unique and complex set of organizations he runs has two separate Board of Directors, and a City Council to whom he reports.
He has led the revitalization of Richardson's telecom based economy through a focus on industry and technology diversification. He built the MTBC into the state of Texas's largest trade association for technology companies. He led the RCC in 2010 through the rigorous US Chamber Accreditation program successfully, earning the highest 5 Star rating conferred by the US Chamber for accreditation. Sproull and his REDP team are credited with bringing two catalyst economic development projects to Richardson: a 3,000 employee Bank of America operation in 2004, and a $3 billion Texas Instruments semiconductor factory in 2003. In 2005, he helped lead a statewide coalition that got legislation passed in Texas to create the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, a half-billion investment fund. Governor Rick Perry of Texas has appointed him to three consecutive two-year terms on the Fund's Advisory Committee, and appointed him as Chairman in 2010.