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Edward Lowe Foundation

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The foundation's mission is to champion the entrepreneurial spirit by providing information, research and educational experiences that support entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.

The foundation embraces the concept of "economic gardening," an economic development strategy based on the fundamental concept that entrepreneurs drive economies. Economic gardening helps drive the creation and growth of local business by providing a supportive and enriched environment where these businesses not only grow, but thrive.

The foundation supports entrepreneurship by focusing on second-stage businesses with between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital, and employing 10 - 99 employees. The foundation believes that these entrepreneurs have the best opportunity to succeed if they learn from their peers. To that end, it develops and delivers programs and information that help communities appreciate and support the growth of these entrepreneurs.


The Foundation provides entrepreneur retreats, and operates, a website providing in-depth data about more than 24 million active business establishments.

From 2007 to 2009 the Foundation interacted with more than 180 communities in 41 states to help grow economies and support entrepreneurs.




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