• Startup

    Then & Now

    Ava DeMarco and Rob Brandegee - Co-Owners

    Little Earth Productions

    Ava and Rob had a simple, yet revolutionary idea – design and manufacture trendsetting purses and belts using recycled materials. With the holistic approach to business start-up and expansion deployed by the IEE, they went from designing, making and distributing the products from their home, to building a multi-building complex.

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  • Growth

    Accelerating Growth

    Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann - Co-Founders

    The Motherhood

    Cooper and Emily turned to the IEE for help in developing a strategy for a system to predict customer interactions. Now, the system is up and running and accelerating the company’s next generation use of social media and fueling their revenue growth.

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  • Transition

    Planning for the Next 100 Years

    JIM WHOLEY - Co-Owner

    Robert Wholey & Company

    There is always something new to learn, even if your family business has been around for 100 years. Fortunately, Jim Wholey had the IEE to rely on when it came time to focus on Robert Wholey & Company’s retail operations and sell the wholesale part of the business.

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  • February Member Program

    Your First Leadership Job: Sink, Swim or Set-up for Success?

    with Tacy Byham, DDI

    Thursday, February 18th | Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe | 7:30-10:30 am

    Tacy Byham’s presentation will synthesize and present research and evidence-based practices for developing first-time leaders that are proven to result in more engaged leaders and employees, stronger bench strength and business and financial performance.

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How We Help

We drive success for closely-held businesses through custom support at every step of the business lifecycle – startup, growth and transition.





What We Do

The IEE is Western Pennsylvania’s number one membership resource for business leaders who are starting, growing or transitioning a business. Through customized, one-on-one consulting, exclusive educational series, and deep connections to the region’s entrepreneurs, the Institute helps the business leaders of today and tomorrow prosper.



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