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Create a Culture to Attract and Retain Your Talent

Today’s guest on The Second Stage, Chirag Kulkarni, serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Insightfully, shares his experiences in not only attracting        

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10 Characteristics of Highly Successful People

Common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs

Recently, Forbes explored the most common traits among those considered super-achievers. Based on the greatly celebrated book “The Art of Doing” by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, the list compiles a broad look at the behaviors individuals at the top of their field exhibit,...

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Selling your Small Business: Don’t Go It Alone

Business Owner finding the right advisor for sale process

While the topic of selling your business is certainly not a novel one here on our blog or radio show, The Second Stage, my recent conversation with the co-founder of divestopedia, John Carvalho, sparked some exceptional points on why having a great advisor is...

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Evolution’s Jeffrey Kadlic on Business Buff Entrepreneurs: Strive and Thrive

Strive and Thrive as an Entrepreneur

Before co-founding Evolution Capital Partners, I invested a decade in institutional settings making private investments, and discovered rather quickly how critical capital investments were to small businesses hoping to scale their operations. Yet, I also saw something else, something even more critical than an...

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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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