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Improve Your Decision-Making Skills as a Small Business Leader

At the end of the day, the single most important element of managing a small business is making the big decisions that determine whether your business will sink or swim. I’m often asked by small business investors how to best position business leaders to...

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The Importance of the Finance Function in Small Businesses

I recently had the opportunity to speak with CFO THOUGHT LEADER on the significant role financial data plays in growing small businesses.  Financials being the foundational pillar in The 5 Pillars of Business Freedom, we discussed the transformation a business can undergo when an...

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Five Twitter Accounts Every Small Business Owner Should Follow

Tips, tricks and insights for growing your small business can come from a wide variety of sources—industry insiders, books, magazines, and recently, social media. I follow several Twitter accounts offering essential reading and a level of thought leadership that comes from years of experience...

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How to Hire the right talent to Move your business forward

In my last post in our series on the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom, I discussed the importance of having a plan. You can have all the money in the world, and the best business idea anyone has ever heard, but if you don’t...

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Know your numbers

We’ve mentioned before that getting your cash flow in order is essential for the growth of your business, and is the first step toward building a solid foundation. Reiterating this point, I had the good fortune to speak with Inc. writer, Jill Hamburg-Coplan, to discuss...

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Have a Plan

In our last post in this series, we discussed the first of the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom, Financials. Once you have your cash flow in order, it’s now time to move on to the next pillar, having a Plan! You can have the...

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How to Improve Your Cash Flow

We have discussed the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom and how they are essential to helping business owners get back to doing what they love. So today we will dive deeper into the first pillar, getting your business’s cash flow in order. This is...

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So Just What, Exactly, is Evolutionary Capital?

Every business inevitably hits a point at some time during its growth when the resources needed to simply keep the business functioning overpower the ability to add resources that actually move the company forward. Anyone who runs a business knows this is one of...

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5 Pillars of Business Freedom

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One of the most common frustrations we see business owners encounter is working in their business instead of on their business. Basically, the day-to-day monotonous requirements of keeping the business running are monopolizing their focus so they aren’t free to be forward looking and...

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Where Does Small Business End and the Middle Market Begin?

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Middle Market Executive’s  Editor in Chief, Jack Sweeney, on the often debated topic, “where does Small Business end and the Middle Market begin?”  During our discussion we talk about the importance of running an organization by...

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We are Thankful

Thankful for the entrepreneurial spirit! During this time of thanks, we wanted to share our gratitude for all entrepreneurs, their spirit and drive a tremendous example.  We are especially grateful for our partners at each one of our growth companies – it is an...

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Friday News Nugget: Cash Flow Creativity

Every week we pick an article that we love here in the office, share some of our thoughts and discuss what’s happening in the world of entrepreneurship, business growth and capital. We’d love to hear what you’re thinking too. Continue the dialogue in the...

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Friday News Nugget: Think Profitability

Every week we pick an article that we love here in the office, share some of our thoughts and discuss what’s happening in the world of entrepreneurship, business growth and capital. We’d love to hear what you’re thinking too. Continue the dialogue in the...

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Passion For Possibilities

Our final core value – Passion For Possibilities – truly sums up the tremendous opportunities we open ourselves up to when we adhere to TEAM. The possibilities are endless. One of my favorite quotes is from author Patrick Lencioni, “If you get all the...

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Taking Transparency to New Heights

Core Values – They Work! Here at Evolution, we went through a transformative process to define our core values. We wanted these values to not only reflect how we conduct business, but encapsulate the spirit of who we really are and why we do...

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Friday News Nugget: Grow aggressively or stay the course?

Every week we pick an article that we love here in the office, share some of our thoughts and discuss what’s happening in the world of entrepreneurship, business growth and capital. We’d love to hear what you’re thinking too. Continue the dialogue in the...

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Process + Practice = Success

Having served as both an entrepreneur and investor, I’ve come to realize that the reason most businesses fail (or fail to achieve the desired levels of success) is not because of the product, price, promotion, or the initiative of the business owner, but rather...

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Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs

As a business owner, I continue to be amazed at the number of government programs, think-tanks, and non-profit entities that are launched and publicized amidst great fanfare, with the goal of helping to create small business jobs. What’s even more startling to me, however,...

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Your Banker is Not a Partner

Has this ever happened to you? You’re a small business owner seeking additional growth capital, so you make an appointment to meet the same bank (and banker) you’ve worked with since your business first launched five years ago. During the meeting, you outline your...

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Liberate your decision making process

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Do you have enough time in your day? Want to make business decisions easier for yourself and your employees? If you are like most (including myself!), the answer is undoubtedly YES. As part of our year-end review, our entire Evolution team participated in an...

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