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Online marketing, can your business afford to ignore it?

The world of online marketing can be overwhelming to both experienced and novice business owners alike. So on today’s episode of The Second Stage we invited an online expert, the Founder & CEO of Blue Fountain Media, Gabriel Shaoolian, to provide tips as one...

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Has your organization embraced the power of core values?

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the tremendous impact core values can have on an organization affecting everything from decision making to company culture, including the happiness of your customers and employees.  Today’s guest, Bud Brian, CEO of Budco Financial Services, discussed...

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Learn What it Takes to Be a Continually Growing Business with Second Stage Entrepreneurship Author Daniel Weinfurter

On this week’s episode of The Second Stage we were pleased to have the opportunity to speak with serial entrepreneur and author, Daniel Weinfurter. Sharing Evolution’s passion for Second Stage Companies and the tremendous impact they have on the US economy and employment, Mr. Weinfurter...

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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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Entrepreneurial Peer Groups, Fostering Professional and Personal Growth

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the numerous benefits, both professional and personal, of entrepreneurial peer groups. Our guest, Rob Dube, owner of Image One, shared his own personal experiences as a member of several peer groups and how he has benefitted...

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How to Navigate the Intellectual Property Landscape

When it comes to protecting your Intellectual Property (IP), how, where and when do I get started? On today’s episode of The Second Stage we spoke with our guest, Tim Connors, a Partner with Calfee and an expert in intellectual property law, on this exact topic....

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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: Lather. Rinse. Repeat

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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Have a plan, make your vision a reality

In today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the second of five pillars key to building a foundation for scale and experiencing business freedom, having a plan! Helping us outline the importance of planning, as well as provide actionable advice, was entrepreneur and strategic...

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Get your cash flow in order

As a recap from last week, we talked about the importance of small businesses as it relates to employment in the U.S., we discussed our backgrounds and defined the meaning of Second Stage Companies.  On today’s show we highlight the first and foundational pillar...

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Friday News Nugget: Data and Metrics Should Drive Your Business

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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The Second Stage Kick Off

We are excited to launch the inaugural episode of The Second Stage hosted on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel every Monday at 5:00pm EST/2pm PST. The idea for the show was sparked through our experiences that the best resource for entrepreneurs is other entrepreneurs. Our...

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Friday News Nugget: Work-Life Balance, Is it Possible?

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: As Entrepreneurs, Embrace Discomfort

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: Attracting Talent. It’s harder than you think.

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: 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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National Small Business Week Conclusion

As the US Small Business Administration’s “National Small Business Week” wraps up today, it’s fitting that the final high-profile event be held in our nation’s capital, for it was in Washington, D.C. fifty years ago that president John F. Kennedy first established the tradition...

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National Small Business Week Celebrates 50 Years

As a business owner, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone, as you diligently work heads-down to improve and grow your company. Once a year, however, the nation pauses to recognize National Small Business Week, where for a handful of days in June, the...

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New Healthcare Law Draws a Line in the Sand

After years of preparation and negotiation, the full brunt of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is slated to go into effect beginning in January 2014. Central to this legislation is the much-debated employer mandate, which states that companies must provide full-time workers...

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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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