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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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Marketing Your Small Business: Buying in on Branding

Everywhere you look, from brick-and-mortar stores to the Internet, you’re constantly bombarded with advertisements, logos, and messaging in effort to get your attention and earn your business. For most business, including small business, building brand awareness can’t be accidental – it has to be...

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The Value of Mentoring for Small Business

Most owners of small businesses can think back to a time when they were inspired by a mentor to begin their journey. This inspiration may have come from a friend, family member, successful entrepreneur or elsewhere, ultimately giving them the wherewithal to chase after...

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How to Rent, Lease, or Purchase Office Space for your Small Business

2008 was a tough year for many businesses, large and small, as the economic downturn produced a climate which, at the time, appeared unfavorable to growth or the introduction of new products and services. Yet, the one theme common among those who have succeeded...

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Entrepreneurs: Leaders and Managers

For all the entrepreneurs, business owners, and top-level executives out there, you’ve probably thought about which bucket you fall into most often: manager or leader? The importance of each, even the debate over which carries more weight, isn’t new. In my position, I’m often...

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Visionary and Integrator: It takes both to grow a company!

Before I go too far into the discussion on our most recent episode of The Second Stage, I’d like to paint the picture of the “Visionary” and “Integrator” roles within an organization as described by our guest, Mark Winters, Entrepreneur and Certified Entrepreneurial Operating...

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Take Action: Identify Road Blocks & Create a Plan for Success

5 Pillars of Business Freedom

The 5 Pillars of Business Freedom Entrepreneurs and the small businesses they champion often face the same paradox – a clear understanding of their goals and where they want to be, but a hesitation with how to craft a tactical action plan that will...

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Invest in your people – value creation is a direct result

As we have discussed on multiple occasions on The Second Stage, your people are your biggest asset! So how do you invest in this asset to help grow your organization? This is the question discussed with our guest, Mr. Rich Manders, Founder & CEO...

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Innovation in Established Businesses, Where to Start

Entrepreneurship and Innovation typically go hand in hand as one creates a product or service, but can sometimes get lost as one establishes and then begins to grow their business. During this week’s interview on The Second Stage with guest, Dr. Jeff DeGraff, we...

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Conscious Capitalism: The Benefits of Aligned Organizations

Core Values and Value Creation, two often discussed topics here on The Second Stage, are the foundation as well as benefit to embracing the business model referenced as Conscious Capitalism. During today’s discussion, our guest, William Vogelgesang, co-founder of Candlewood Partners, describes this purpose-driven...

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6 Websites That Increase Productivity

TED Talks Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to their organizations that reaches beyond getting dollars in the door. Be it feast or famine, maintaining a positive attitude and staying inspired is paramount to balancing the morale of your team. TED Talks are infamous for providing...

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The Affordable Care Act As We Approach 2015

As a follow up to our episode on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in October 2013, The Second Stage invited back insurance experts Robert Edmonds and Andrea Esselstein from Oswald to this week’s show to discuss the status of the ACA as well as specific...

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Transparency, Critical to the Success of your Business

So far on our journey through the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom SlideShare series we’ve talked about Financials and improving your cash flow, achieving business goals through Planning, and Hiring the right people. As we move on to our fourth pillar, we’ll discover why...

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Early Stage Financing Trends and Solutions

Are entrepreneurship and early stage companies on the rise or decline? A topic which seems to have many nuances and not easily answered, but one we have seen highlighted and debated recently in the media and here at Evolution. For someone like myself that...

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Social Media and the Small Business: 3 Qualifying Questions

In the evolving world of digital marketing, there are several ways for your small business to get the recognition and audience it deserves. Many people ask me about social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and whether they’re effective avenues for connecting their company...

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Does your business have “mojo?”

We were thrilled to have author and entrepreneurial advocate, Bo Burlingham, join this week’s episode of The Second Stage to dive into what he describes as “business mojo,” or common characteristics observed in the extraordinary companies researched for his work – Small Giants: Companies...

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Is mezzanine capital right for your established businesses?

On this week’s episode of The Second Stage we were pleased to be joined by F.N.B. Capital Partners’ Managing Partner, Stephen Gurgovits, to help us not only define mezzanine funding or financing, but understand when it is a viable option for established and growing...

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