Who We Are
E. Smith, PhD Practitioner,
author and consultant
with over 30 years experience in design and development of social
enterprises, community economic development, small business
renewable resource management, and commodity futures hedging.
Advisor (CTA) registered with the National Futures Association.
Co-Director, MBA Program,
Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.
CEO and President, Secure Futures, LLC a
Triple-E solar energy development corporation and commodity trading
National Program Leader
on Community-Based Entrepreneurial Development, USDA Cooperative State
Education and Extension Service (CSREES), Washington, DC. Served in a
joint appointment in 2002 with Lightstone Community Development
develop a new national initiative for community-based entrepreneurial
development. Co-developed and co-led national workshops, conferences
and public-private partnerships to strengthen the entrepreneurial
development capacity of rural communities.
Organized and managed
successful non-profit and for-profit enterprises, including:
- Community Energy
- Community Energy
Development Corporation (Philadelphia)
- Lightstone Community
Development Corporation (WV)
- Rural/Urban Resource
Center at Rodale Institute (Kutztown, PA)
- Staunton Creative
- West Philadelphia
Neighborhood Resource Center
Led strategic planning
and future search conferences
in Vermont, Colorado, Virginia, West Virginia and Turkey for
non-profit, public sector and
corporate clients. Designed and organized a national virtual search
New American Communities, involving over 200 national policy-makers and
to exchange best practices and policy recommendations for USDA/CSREES
community-based entrepreneurial development.
PhD in Social Systems
Sciences, Wharton School of Management, University of Pennsylvania.
Our Associates: On a project specific basis we
retain other expertise as needed.