The Economic and Public Policy Research (EPPR) group at the UMass Donahue Institute was engaged to conduct research in support of the efforts of seven organizations to grow the Western Massachusetts/Pioneer Valley economy by supporting the needs of growth oriented companies. In this study, the sponsors intended to identify not just high growth companies but companies growing at all levels, including those that have a slower sustained growth over time and those that may be slow growing or not currently growing but have potential for growth. The research, including an analysis of data about Pioneer Valley businesses and conducting a survey of these businesses, sought to improve the understanding of the business needs and success factors of sustained growth-oriented companies within the region. The research focused on small to medium-sized businesses in the region with 5 to 500 employees.
Pioneer Valley Growth Business Study (PDF, 1.8 MB)