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Small Business Communication: When Sales & Marketing Requires In-Person Contact

The importance of in-person communication for small business success

Once the Internet was introduced to the public in the early 1990’s, it quickly moved into its current position as the go-to source for companies searching out new ways to reach and retain customers. Prior to this, traditional advertising was the king, with local...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: Accurate Group

Evolution Leaders and Growth Company Results

We have partnered with extraordinary entrepreneurs and management teams over the past ten years, and it is through their vision, leadership and hard work that Evolution attributes its success. One of the phenomenal companies with whom we have had the honor to partner is...

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Time Crunch: Making Small Business Best Practices a Priority

Make Business Best Practices a Priority

Being an entrepreneur is undoubtedly one of the hardest things anyone can undertake. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. It can mean long hours, overwhelming financial and organizational stresses, and a ride upon the proverbial leadership rollercoaster. Yet, as you probably already...

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5 Steps to Business Meeting Mastery

Team Idea Generation

As a business owner, you’ve likely come to recognize how easily mistakes can be made during every stage of your organization’s growth. It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 company, each step towards success presents its own unique set of...

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10 Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial path is not for the faint at heart, for heart and will are at the center of it all. We are lucky to be inspired every single day by the entrepreneurs we meet. And while words are certainly no substitute for action,...

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Zappos’ Holacracy: Capitalizing on Company Culture

Since its founding in 1999, Zappos has grown to become one of the largest online shoe stores in the entire world, much of this being owed to both inspired leadership and highly savvy business deals. Their biggest came in 2009, when Amazon.com acquired the...

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Cyber Crime and Small Business: It’s Real, Be Prepared!

With cyber crime a very real reality for small businesses, we thought it important to invite cyber security expert, Vikas Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Kalki Consulting, back to The Second Stage. Joining us a year ago Mr. Bhatia addressed the vulnerability of small...

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The Culture of Continuous Learning: True Intellectual Capital

Today’s successful small business culture thrives on learning. Whether it’s happening through print, e-books or news and information sites, the overwhelming majority of small organizations regarded as “movers and shakers” in their industries are making continuous education a part of how they do business....

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The Second Stage: Our Top 10 Episodes for Entrepreneurs

Every Monday at 5 p.m. EST, Brendan Anderson and I join forces with some of the best and brightest in small business on The Second Stage, an online radio program focused on exchanging innovative business ideas and best practices for entrepreneurs. During the 1-hour...

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Find Your Sumo: Build a Culture of Business Development

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we talk about the strategic importance of establishing a Business Development (BD) mindset and culture within your organization with expert Bernie Brenner, author of The Sumo Advantage, and co-founder of TrueCare, Inc. Let’s begin with the distinction...

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Stand Out from the Crowd

As a leader and business owner, your ability to think strategically is perhaps one of the most important skills you can share with your team and organization. On a recent episode of The Second Stage, we invited author and CEO of Outthinker LLC, Kaihan...

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The Value of Logistics in Small Business

In the early days of business, logistics were delegated to a company’s shipping clerk, who often single-handedly ran all of the incoming and outgoing products inside of an organization. Today, this vital function has taken on an even bigger role, not only gaining the...

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The evolving political landscape – what small business owners can expect

With the recent changes in Congress, we invited Small Business Investor Alliance President, Brett Palmer, to The Second Stage to discuss what small business owners can expect in 2015 and beyond. During our conversation Mr. Palmer spoke to the fact that with Congress and...

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5 Must-Have Apps for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, you’ve had to stay up on many of the latest trends in your field, particularly when it comes to technology. You’ve probably already read numerous articles or heard from countless other successful business owners how technology has been playing...

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Approaches to Productivity: Tips for Small Business Owners

For small businesses, productivity is the name of the game. Yet, it doesn’t just apply to the employees of an organization; it also applies to how the business itself operates. You, your staff and your business should each be parts of a lean, mean...

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15 Ways to Promote Your Small Business in 2015

2015 is looking like it will be a great year for many small businesses, much of this due to the number of consumers searching for the latest and greatest in innovation, service and products. This means that right now is the perfect time to...

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Continuous Learning is Key to a Successful Business

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the importance of continuous learning with our guest, founder and CEO of BigSpeak Inc, Jonathan Wygant. As the leader of your business, it is vital to not only invest in the development of your team,...

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5 Creative Ways to Reward Employees During the Holidays

The holiday season is less than one week away, which can be a particularly stressful time for small business owners and their employees, largely due to the year-end push for sales and marketing efforts. Yet, there are a number of ways businesses, both large...

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Creating Entrepreneurially Minded Students

On today’s episode of The Second Stage, we were pleased to speak with the Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University, Brett Smith. It is energizing to learn that entrepreneurship has found its way into higher-education and is continuing to become more...

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The Right Staff: Hiring for Your Small Business

While many small businesses operate on a highly-monitored budget during their initial growth period, sometimes relying heavily on the owners themselves to keep the doors open, there are sometimes opportunities to expand the number of employees working inside the company. These budgetary constraints often...

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