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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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Preventing Burnout: Finding Your Work-Life Balance

Many thriving small businesses are often operated by entrepreneurs who rarely let themselves check out. Approaching day-to-day activities with a fresh perspective and a rested mind is imperative to achieving big picture success. Every small business owner must find a daily work-life balance to...

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Challenges Facing Growing Small Businesses

Business owners often are faced with many of the same challenges as they work to not only establish, but grow their companies. On today’s episode of The Second Stage we review some of these more common hurdles with our guest and growth strategist Andy...

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Second Stage Capital

The 4 Stages of Growth

Jeff and I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Crain’s to discuss Second Stage Capital, why Evolution specializes in it and some of the more common challenges business owners face when seeking it to grow their company to that next level. Second...

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Improve Productivity & Profits by Focusing on the Low-Hanging Fruit

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we were joined by co-founders of Harvest Earnings, Jeremy Eden and Terri Long, to discuss how companies of all sizes can benefit from identifying simple and actionable items that will have a significant impact on a business. Improvements...

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