Business Innovation & Growth Council

Business Innovation & Growth (BIG), a membership non-profit organization, aims to create an intimate community of like-minded, high potential entrepreneurs and provide a meaningful and rewarding peer-to-peer exchange among those facing similar challenges with growing their businesses.

BIG’s mission is to lead the development of “high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs” and proactively grow their businesses by providing education, resources, leadership, and visibility.

BIG launched in 2006 with 13 Founding Trailblazers who were committed to creating an organization run by and run for entrepreneurs to further their growth potential and to create economic value for the region. The Founding Trailblazers were also committed to building a community of high growth entrepreneurs by providing:

  • Like-minded peer-to-peer network
  • Education of best practices for high-growth/fast-growth companies
  • Leadership & mentoring support for early stage entrepreneurs
  • Access to relevant resources, capital, and expertise

Below are the Founding Trailblazers of BIG:

  • Rudy Alexander, 11 giraffes (previously Elevator Channel)
  • Reggie Bowser, Red Bow Photo, (previously Rollover Systems)
  • Richard Brasser, The Targeted Group
  • Ryan Dienst, GMI (Global Medical Imaging)
  • Naras Eechambadi, Quaero (now owned by CSG Systems)
  • Preston Fay, Technekes
  • David Jones, Peak 10
  • Bill May, iQmetrix (previously Work Wireless)
  • Frances Queen, Queen Associates
  • Dan Roselli, RED F
  • Bob Salvin, Salvin Dental Specialties
  • Scott Spanbauer, Bridgebuilder
  • Thad Throneburg, Throneburg, Inc, (previously Medflow)

BIG has continued to grow in membership since its inception. BIG also continues to expand the programming to meet the needs of the entrepreneurial community, including the launch of a new initiative focused on sustainability.

In addition to BIG’s relationship with Inc. Magazine, BIG partners with many local and regional organizations to serve the entrepreneurial community.

BIG is supported by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council.