The Bigelow Forum

Our annual invitation-only gathering of successful Entrepreneur Owner-Managers. Sharing what EOMs have learned – and have had to unlearn – to build and unlock Enterprise Value in the private transaction market.

Active Participants. Vigorous Dialog. Common Experiences. Deeper Understanding.

This is The Bigelow Forum.


2019 Bigelow Forum

September 12th and 13th
2pm to 2pm
Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH


The Bigelow Forum is an invitation-only gathering for Entrepreneur Owner-Managers of high-performing private businesses and their spouses. The event is an opportunity for successful private business owners to candidly explore, discover, and learn from each other's experiences and then use this collective learning to continue to build their enterprises, their legacies, and their lives. We look forward to 24 hours of stimulating conversation and new relationship building.

The 2019 Bigelow Forum welcomes featured speaker David Laibson. Laibson is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, incoming Faculty Dean of Lowell House, and former Chairman of Harvard’s Department of Economics. He leads Harvard Universityʼs Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative where he and his colleagues ask fundamental questions about virtually every aspect of human existence and society.  Their research reaches across a variety of different disciplines at Harvard—from economics to the life sciences—and is directly relevant to practical problems faced by families, organizations, firms, and policy makers.

Laibson’s address to Bigelow Forum Entrepreneur Owner-Manager  participants is expected to include comments on the most common cognitive biases that can negatively affect

David Laibson

good decision making when building and capturing Enterprise Value. These include anchoring, loss aversion, the endowment effect, over-confidence, the “winner's curse” (and how you may use it to your advantage when choosing a new majority investor for your enterprise), and present bias (with an emphasis on transition-planning procrastination). Laibson also intends to address principles for smart investing after you've achieved a capital gain in your firm.