Get access to just-in-time expertise

wherever your company needs it most

Through the GrowFL System for Integrated Growth (SIG), business leaders gain access to just-in-time expertise — wherever a company needs it most. SIG addresses issues impacting growth for second-stage business owners, including internal issues such as human resources, fiscal management, operations, as well as external issues that focus on exploring new markets, preparing to export, sales, and supply chain. The goal is to provide CEOs with Fortune 500-level data, information, and best practices that many times may be too costly to access on their own.

Are you struggling to scale your company? Like many second-stage business owners, you may be noticing systems that once served you well are starting to show cracks — or that you need new skills and information to continue to grow profitably. The GrowFL System for Integrated Growth (SIG) program addresses issues that impact your growth, whether they are internal or outside the walls of your company. For example, SIG can help you:

  • Get a handle on financial management and understand what the numbers are telling you.

  • Learn how to recruit, retain, and develop talented employees.

  • Explore new markets, create prospect lists for those markets or analyze competitors.
  • Prepare to export — from documentation to identifying global markets and setting up distribution channels.
  • Bring in best practices on supply chain and operations to improve company logistics protocol.

SIG is delivered virtually through a SWAT team of business experts, a series of phone calls, and a secure, online portal. The SWAT team does not dictate a particular course of action but provides best practices and valuable data to help you better manage and grow your company.

Experts in their respective fields, these specialists operate under the guidance of the Edward Lowe Foundation which is a nationally recognized expert on second-stage growth companies.

SIG is ideal for companies at pivotal points. Even though your company is growing, you may feel overwhelmed. For example, you may need to build a senior management team, but lack employees with in-depth knowledge in certain areas. Or you may be running on all cylinders and ready to take that next step towards increased sales and new markets.

Whatever your situation, SIG can provide expertise for continued success.

Who should apply?

To participate companies must:

  • Be a for-profit, privately-held company;
  • Typically generate annual revenue of between $750,000 and $100 million;
  • Typically employ between 6 and 150 full-time equivalent employees;
  • Have both the appetite and aptitude for growth;
  • Operate beyond the local area to regional, national, or global markets.

What to expect


The cost of the program is $8,000.

Time commitment

24 -30 hours spread approximately over two to three months, ideally no longer than 6 months.

Focus areas

HR (recruiting and retention as well as compliance), operations and supply chain, accounting and finance, global trade, sales and marketing, succession planning, secondary market research, online marketing and customer prospecting.


The program kicks off with a call between the CEO and a SIG team leader to identify your company’s greatest needs. Followed by a series of in-depth consultation with SIG specialists to dive deeper into those pain points. After the consultation, the specialists then present their deliverables which contain valuable data and analysis in response to your specific needs. These consultations will be conducted through a series of follow up calls as coordinated by the team lead. Finally, the team leader conducts a debriefing call before wrapping up the engagement.

Ready to Apply?

The cost for the GrowFL System for Integrated Growth Program is $8,000. Once you apply, a complimentary assessment call will take place to determine if the program is a good fit for you. Explore how you can increase your top-line revenue today. Apply for GrowFL’s System for Integrated Growth program.

GrowFL System for Integrated Growth Program


Stephanie Kempton

With over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in research, corporate strategy, marketing, advertising, product management, and media planning uniquely qualifies her to apply it in an actionable way to your business. Stephanie has applied her skills in marketing and research across a wide range of industries: banking, real estate, manufacturing, utilities, retail, healthcare, arts, non-profit, sports, and entertainment. In her career, she has held positions as a group product manager, research analyst, corporate strategist, media planner, account supervisor, director of advertising, account planner, and director of research and planning. Her research and planning expertise has directly contributed to enhanced business performance for a wide range of brands and businesses.

Hosted In Partnership with Edward Lowe Foundation

The Edward Lowe Foundation, established by entrepreneur Edward Lowe in 1985, is dedicated to supporting the second-stage development of growth-oriented businesses. With a mission to champion the spirit of entrepreneurship and assist entrepreneurs in navigating the unique challenges of business expansion, the Foundation provides invaluable resources, programs, and research. Located in Michigan, the Foundation operates on a national scale, facilitating peer learning and leadership development through initiatives such as leader retreats and educational workshops. These programs are designed not just to scale businesses but also to foster a community among entrepreneurs, encouraging collaboration and mutual support in their entrepreneurial journeys.

The System for Integrated Growth Process


The System for Integrated Growth Process

The GrowFL CEO Roundtable program helped to educate us tools such as market strategy and business planning to bring us up to date,” Crews said. “From there, I worked with market research through GrowFL’s System for Integrated Growth (SIG) program to understand the marketplace. We looked at industries that are applicable to my technology and their growth rates. GrowFL helped me build a business plan, conduct competitive analysis and secure target customer lists. Now we have diversified into different markets and that’s a big investment for us. Our participation in the GrowFL program has increased sales by 10-20%.
Dr. Nancy Crews, Custom Manufacturing and Engineering
The insights that GrowFL and FloridaMakes has provided through the System for Integrated Growth and CEO Roundtables, and the work they’ve done to help our team, has made this venture successful,” Williams explained. “We’re adding more jobs and expanding the reach of the service division as we continue to work with GrowFL. It’s a difference of night and day. If we didn’t have GrowFL working alongside us, we wouldn’t be in nearly the good position we are right now. It would have taken a lot longer to figure out the pieces of this puzzle.
Glenn Williams, Bell Performance
The recession forced us to look beyond the marine industry for customers, but we didn’t want to risk substantial capital on researching new markets. We also were trying to grow our e-commerce business and knew that we needed to compete better on Internet search engines. You can get a myopic vision about solutions when you’re running a small, family-operated business,” he said. “The peer group helps you look at other solutions in a confidential setting. They can speak objectively – and sometimes bluntly – about a business decision we are considering. We may be surrounded by the trees, while the peer group sees the forest.
John Swiatkowski, Pacer Group

Building Success Together

Our programs provide connections with other second-stage company leaders, resources, and organizations whose expertise, experience, and products lead to the second-stage company’s continued growth and prosperity.

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