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Office Space Assessment and Lease Negotiation

Start early, be informed and understand the market when it comes to evaluating your office space needs and lease negotiation. This is the message our guest, Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle, Andrew Coleman, shared during today’s episode of The Second Stage as we...

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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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Unleashing “The Possible” in Your Business

It’s been quite a long time since I attempted to drink from the proverbial educational fire hose, but I excitedly enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Implementer Boot Camp the last week of February and I can tell you it was a BIG...

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Just what does it take to be an entrepreneur?

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we had the good fortune of speaking with serial entrepreneur, Blake Squires, Founder & CEO of MOVABLE. During our discussion Blake shares the characteristics he believes make up the entrepreneurial mindset and his formula for successfully taking an...

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4 Reasons financing that buy-out deal might not be for you

In a recent interview with Fox Business, I had the opportunity to discuss both pros and cons of seller financing. While this ever-popular financing option can sometimes truly be the best alternative for business owners, I would caution that one be as prepared as possible...

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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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Assessing Employee Benefit Programs within a Changing Landscape

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While employee benefits have always been a topic of discussion for small business owners, it has increasingly become a hot button issue in light of the Affordable Care Act and its continuous changes. As an employer, how do you get started to ensure you...

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Employee Discipline & Discharge Best Practices

As entrepreneurs, we all work hard to not only establish, but ultimately grow our businesses. And human nature being what it is, we probably would all love to believe that each existing and new employee we add to our team is there to support...

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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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To be sure, insure!

Whether new to entrepreneurship or seasoned, business insurance can seem like uncharted territory. And in this case, what you don’t know really can hurt you. So on today’s episode of The Second Stage we were joined by insurance expert, Jeffrey Schwab, M&A Practice Leader at...

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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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Has Your Company Defined Its Purpose?

A company’s purpose can be defined as the reason it exists or its “why.” It’s something bigger than profits, as profits are simply the result of its purpose! On today’s episode of The Second Stage we were joined by Fathom CEO, Scot Lowry, to discuss...

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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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The Facts on Crowdfunding

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we dive into the facts on crowdfunding, a notable and newsworthy topic in the entrepreneurial and investor communities. With our guest and legal expert Bob Rapp, we highlight not only what crowdfunding is, but why the buzz in...

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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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Common Legal Pitfalls Faced by Entrepreneurs

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we were joined by legal expert Michael Marhofer, Partner at Calfee, to address some common pitfalls when forming, running and planning for your business’s future. Excited to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship, business owners (new or experienced)...

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Defining Your Target Audience

Last week on our show Gabriel Shaoolian touched on the importance of knowing the profile of your target audience AND the ability to know where to find them. On today’s show we dive into this topic much deeper. The ability to define your ideal customer or...

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6 Traits That Make Santa the Ultimate Entrepreneur

What makes Santa synonymous with entrepreneur? I equate it to six intrinsic characteristics. 1. Visionary 2. Passionate 3. Purposeful 4. Innovative 5. Risk-Taker 6. Initiative Visit my guest blog to see if you agree. Happy Holidays!

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