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We are crazy about growing businesses.


We exist to connect small business owners to solutions supported through perspective, accountability and encouragement from other like-minded business owners.

Behind LoCo Think Tank


9+ Chapter Serving Individuals


90+ diverse business owners


3 Team Members

Expert Speakers

Multiple Guest Speakers

LoCo (Local Community) Think Tank

Collaborative Solutions for Business Owners to make Business Dreams a Reality.

We help business owners feel more confident and grow their business faster by gaining perspective, accountability, and encouragement from peer business owners through monthly peer collaboration meetings, professionally facilitated by a successful business veteran. We do this by custom mixing 12 non-competitive business owners from diverse industries to be guided by a facilitator who leads owners through a Lo-Collaborative process to find unique, collaborative solutions to timely business challenges and opportunities.

Grow your business through collaboration - not networking.

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More about LoCo Think Tank

The story of LoCo Think Tank can be told through our historic taglines and gaglines


Value Driven Peer Advisory is how we provide effective and affordable peer advisory services because of our LoCo Facilitators, the give-back mindset business veterans who deliver our services.  We ask of our needs and we share of our abundance. At Loco Think Tank, and we encourage and admonish with kindness. We hold our members loosely, with no long-term contracts, and our LoCo Facilitators, the same.  We are a coalition of the willing.  


LoCo stands for LOcal COmmunity Think Tank - or, make you crazy if you don’t talk to someone about your small business challenges...or, make your spouse crazy if you ask them ONE MORE TIME what they think you should do?  

Peer Advisory For All!  This reflects the development of our chapter models designed for all phases of a business journey - the Builders, Thinkers, and Next Level memberships.  It also reflects our belief that peer collaboration is a beneficial engagement for anyone. 


It’s not a support group, it’s an excellence manufacturing center!  Honestly, it is a support group, and a damn effective one.  We acknowledge that we can often see ourselves more clearly through the eyes of others, and that no one has ever built anything of significance by themselves.      


Our Last, Brief Philosophies:

Two parts business, one part personal.  

The chapter owns the chapter.  

Our diversity is our strength.    

Brandon Avery

Former Member, Now Facilitator

"Awesome organization! We owe a lot of our business growth and success to the ideas and strategies sourced through LoCo Think Tank and fellow members."

Our Team

Curt Bear


Curt’s professional experience has always supported business owners. His 15-year business banking career connected him to local businesses looking to scale through financial resources. During that time, he was a part of a high-priced peer-group where he quickly learned the value of having 10 others collectively think through one’s work problems. Ten brains have 10x more ideas than just one, right? He sought to bring this model to the business owners who needed it the most, small businesses, at an affordable price. 

That’s when LoCo Think Tank was born, as Curt attempted to leave banking to pursue his food-business dreams.  Later, as Curt processed whether and how to scale his mobile food operation, Bear’s Backyard Grill, the collective feedback helped him see that his passion was growing LoCo Think Tank. LoCo’s mission, then and now, is to uplift business owners to create the business and life they’ve always imagined through the power of collaboration. We currently serve over 80 business owners and have nine highly-skilled experienced business facilitators and are growing in new locations!

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Deb Pyles


Debbie Pyles came on board in October of 2019 as our new Member Experience Coordinator. Deb has an extensive background in administrative, inside sales, and customer support. She has always been customer-focused and considers it to be her artistic expression. She strives to anticipate, meet and even exceed customer needs, wants and expectations. She will act as an advocate for her customers (in LoCo’s case, our members) and responds with a sense of urgency. Deb believes willingness, initiative, and work ethic is a talent and that there is a smart way to work hard. Passion, focus, intensity, curiosity and being fiercely loyal are all characteristics that have enabled her to achieve success. Deb fosters rescued dogs and considers camping and the mountains as her favorite vacation get-away.

Alma Ferrer


Alma joined LoCo in March 2021 as our intern and now does all things digital like email marketing, social media, podcast editing, and website managment. She's currently a UX design student and has studied restaurant management, graphic & web design, and marketing. She also volunteers at her church as the Department Leader of Live & Video, where she has improved their live streaming graphics and training processes. Alma believes knowledge is power and experience goes way beyond what can be read in a textbook. Curiosity, eagerness, and ambition are characteristics that have enabled her to succeed in life and vocation.