Helping local, post start-up companies scale and grow

A day of problem-solving, practical toolkits and networking for organizations looking to take their business to the next level

June 23, 2016
UVA Darden School of Business

So you’ve survived the startup phase of your business. How do you now scale and grow?

At this conference, faculty from the UVA Darden School of Business and industry experts will assist small and medium-sized Virginia business owners in exploring the scaling phase of entrepreneurship. Participants will learn from peer companies, panelists, Darden Professor Ed Hess, author of Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses, as well as keynote speaker John Bassett, author of Making It in America: A 12-Point Plan for Growing Your Business and Keeping Jobs at Home.

Hosted by the Institute for Business in Society, this conference will include panel discussions, networking sessions and a hands-on workshop to provide support and tools to entrepreneurial business leaders. We will address growth across various business functions, such as:

  • Accounting
  • Financing
  • HR and Payroll
  • International Trade
  • Marketing and Sales

Attendees will participate in a hands-on workshop with Professor Ed Hess and receive a complimentary copy of his book, Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesseswhich addresses the top ten business growth challenges and how to overcome them.

For an overview of the agenda, please click here.


While there is no charge to attend this conference, registration is required and by invitation-only. For more information, please contact us at

This conference is presented in collaboration with the Darden Center for Global Initiatives and Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.