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Entrepreneurially Run Companies Need Structure To Grow

An operating process offers a framework for growth

Many entrepreneurs feel that if they put enough hours and hustle into their business, they will be successful. And while many certainly are successful due to the blood, sweat and tears poured into the business (especially in the beginning years), in the long run,...

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Second Stage Investing: Supporting The “Unsexy” Entrepreneur

In a recent article in Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Venture for America, Andrew Yang, wrote candidly about his views on what kinds of startups he looks to invest in. Labeling these companies as “unsexy” by the standards often used to describe most fledgling...

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Create a Contagious Culture

Create a Contagious Culture

Introduced through the Small Giants Community, we were thrilled to have leadership advisor and strategist, Anese Cavanaugh, on a recent episode of The Second Stage. Anese sites that 93% of our impact as business leaders is in how we “show up,” leaving only 7%...

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4 Ways to Boost Company Morale at This Year’s Holiday Party

Charitable Work During the Holidays

Even if your small business is doing well in 2015, making your team more cohesive and prepared for the coming year is important. Sometimes a business does well in spite of its culture; but as many entrepreneurs have discovered, sometimes the hard way, if...

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Financial Dashboards in Small Business

Financial Metrics in Small Business

With few exceptions, there’s a good chance every vehicle you’ve driven has come equipped with a dashboard, displaying everything from your automobile’s speed and fuel level to its engine temperature and RPMs. Without this display available, it would be extremely difficult to know how...

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Access to Small Business Capital

cost of capital versus benefits

In the Opinion Section of the November 4th Wall Street Journal, Mr. Peter Wallison, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and best-selling author, wrote an article titled Bernanke and the Slow-Growth Crew.  I believe it was a thought provoking article in that...

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The Balancing Act of Small Business Leadership

Business People Leadership Management Discussion

To succeed in small business, you need two types of people: a dreamer and a doer. As a business leader or entrepreneur, you likely consider yourself stronger in one of these areas – and you’ll find that both of them are necessary when it...

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Supporting the Entrepreneurial Community for 10 Years

The Leader in Growing Second Stage Companies

The Leader in Growing Second Stage Companies® Celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month, we reflect on Evolution’s purpose to Inspire Entrepreneurs to Create Evolutionary Businesses. Having the good fortune to have partnered with twelve companies and spoken with thousands of small business owners...

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Valuation versus Value Creation

value is created when a strategy is created and executed

On a recent episode of The Second Stage, we had the good fortune of speaking with Dr. Carl Sheeler, Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group and author of Equity Value Enhancement: A Tool to Leverage Human and Financial Capital While Managing Risk. During our...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Incident Management System

Having the great pleasure of speaking with hundreds of successful entrepreneurs each year is what inspires all of us at Evolution and is reflected in our core values. We are truly humbled to have the opportunity to partner with a select few of the...

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The State of Entrepreneurs in 2015

Innovation important to Entrepreneur Success

As an entrepreneur, you already know how well your company has performed thus far in 2015, but you may not know how your experience stacks up against other small business owners across the country. Today we examine an annual survey recently published by Hiscox,...

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10 Big Ideas from the World’s Top Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur and Storyteller Walt Disney

Successful entrepreneurs are often the most quoted and quotable in the business world, as they exemplify the traits and passion necessary for accomplishing extraordinary feats. For some, these entrepreneurs serve as a beacon of hope, as many started out in a home garage or found...

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Small Business Success: Grow Through Failure

Small Business Success: Grow Through Failure

I always counsel young people that your career is a marathon, not a sprint, and that a successful journey is one that is a culmination of many triumphs and failures. Someone once told me that there is something instructive about going out with an...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: ROI Networks

ROI Networks honored as Top Avaya Solution Provider

Since our founding in 2005, Evolution Capital Partners has been privileged to partner with many outstanding organizations helping them to implement a foundation for growth. One such organization we’ve teamed up with recently is ROI Networks, whose expertise in unifying communication systems in small...

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Elevating the Finance Role in Your Small Business

The Importance of Finance in Small Business

As a small business begins to grow, one of two things occurs: either the founder begins taking on more of the company’s responsibilities in terms of accounting, marketing and operations, or they begin to invest in people with expertise in these areas. While many...

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The Rise of Midwest Venture Capital

Venture Capital Moving to the Midwest

Many of my friends, when introducing me to someone, invariably say that I am from Chicago, Houston or Pittsburgh because they have heard me say that I lived in those cities before moving to Cleveland. The fact is that I moved eight times by...

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Small Business Leadership: How Financially Capable Are Your Employees?

Small business owners realize the impact finances have on their organization as a whole, yet they aren’t always aware of the effect an employee’s personal finances plays both inside and outside of the workplace. This doesn’t mean offering employees a significant increase in pay...

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3 Business Leaders Who Changed the World (and How to Emulate Their Style)

Steve Jobs Displays Persistence

Over the past century, scores of incredible businessmen and women have transformed the way the world does business either by introducing new technologies or making such a tremendous impact in their own industries that they eventually became global icons. Today, Evolution Capital Partners salutes...

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Small Business Stress: How to Keep Your Cool

Healthy Habits Reduce Stress

There are few topics more deserving to be written about regarding entrepreneurship than your physical and mental health. There are no shortage of stories about the incredibly draining mental and physical toll running a small business can have on the founder. One characteristic that...

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5 Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop

Leadership Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

Being in business, you’ve probably used the phrase “natural-born leader” numerous times to describe an executive who is a mover and shaker in their industry. Truth be told, however, these individuals likely spent much of their lives honing their skillset in a variety of...

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