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Four Trends for Growing Your Small Business in 2017

4 Trends for Growing Your Small Business in 2017

As we ring in the New Year, small-business owners are facing a host of new challenges as a wave of emerging trends hits the marketplace and technology becomes more vital to business growth and success than ever before. Small businesses that adopt and embrace...

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Year in Review: Our Partner Companies

Partner Company Leadershhip Teams at 2016 Summit

  At the end of every year, we as business owners often turn our attention to how closely our accomplishments aligned with our goals over the past 12 months. It’s a time for reflecting on our business successes and our professional growth—and just as...

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Have a Documented Roadmap to Guide Your Small Business to Victory

Have a Plan to Guide your Small Business

Not having a plan is like driving down the street at night without headlights on! Creating a measurable and achievable strategic plan is vital to the success of your small business.  A plan is your roadmap to your future, what you are going to...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: A Landmark Year for Lewellyn Technology

Evolution's Entrepreneurs: Lewellyn Technology

As 2016 ends, the team at Evolution wants to share the success of Lewellyn Technology, a 2016 Inc. 5000 honoree, and a tremendous partner on our list of current active growth companies. Since opening its doors in 1993, Lewellyn has grown from a promising...

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Small Business Cybersecurity: Are You Ready?

Cybersecurity

In our modern era, when technological advances have transformed the way small companies do business, it’s rare to find an organization that doesn’t use the Internet to streamline communications and improve employee access to important information. Still, while the Internet and the Cloud have...

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The Power of Paying Attention in Business

During the 1980s and 90s, some company leaders held a very business-centric point of view on how to become successful in their respective industry. This sometimes included uncompromising management styles, a focus on profitability at any expense, and an opinion that layoffs were just...

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Crowdfunding: The Latest Option in Small Business Investing

Crowdfunding for Small Business Investing

When you think of crowdfunding, websites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo probably come to mind. Yet, despite the unparalleled reach and reputation of these popular crowdfunding sites, most entrepreneurs don’t view them as a practical solution for attracting the kinds of small business investors...

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The role management plays in seeking a small business investment

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team as defined by Patrick Lencioni

The most important factor in the success or failure of a small business investment (or the degrees in between) comes down to the leadership and experience of the management team, the interactions between team members and the strategic plan they create for the future...

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Evolutionary Capital: An Alternative for Business Owners and Investors

Owner Investment in his or her business

Every small business owner goes through an evolution at some point in their entrepreneurship. For most, the first stage of owning a business typically involves having an uncompromising passion for the products or services the company is built on. While it may come with...

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Repeatable, the keyword to a successful process (and ultimately business)

Business Processes and Systems

While repeatable routine may not be sexy, it can take any business to a whole new level. Measured success and detailed systems can create efficiencies, make you aware of red flags, and uncover opportunities for growth you may have never imagined. Routine does not...

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Create a Culture of Innovation in Your Business

Team Idea Generation

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers the following definition for innovation:  the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods.  Many people would use this definition for innovation:  difficult, deflating and humbling.  I say this because the numerous businesses I have the fortune of...

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Grow as a business leader by getting out of your comfort zone

thoughtful business leader and crowd of business people

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Performance of a Lifetime CEO, Cathy Salit, on a recent episode of The Second Stage. As a singer and actor, Ms. Salit offers a unique approach to organizational change and leadership development, using The Becoming PrincipleSM,...

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3 Ways to Build a Better Sales Culture in Your Small Business

Small Business Sales Success

Nothing contributes more to a company’s success than having a strong sales culture in place. Not only does it turn a business into a revenue machine, it also adds to the overall culture of an organization, eventually trickling into other non-sales departments and across...

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The Evolution from Creating to Investing in Small Business

Small Business Investor

Walking away from a business you’ve poured your heart and soul into is a difficult decision, but if you’ve taken the time to develop a rewarding exit strategy, a new set of opportunities undoubtedly await you. At the beginning, these opportunities may involve pursuing...

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With a Culture of Transparency & Accountability, Results Happen

Two of the most important, yet challenging, aspects of building a small entrepreneurial business into a growing, professionally managed organization is implementing a culture of transparency and accountability.  A lot of people would suggest that this happens by default in small businesses because there...

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The Importance of Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs

Plan for the successful exit of your business

Unsurprisingly, most entrepreneurs would find it a stretch to add the words “exit planning” to their everyday vocabulary, much less to their long-term business strategy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as entrepreneurs are well-known for being focused in the way they operate...

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A Tool for Building Synergistic Teams in Your Small Business

I recently had the pleasure of completing the three-day Kolbe Certification(TM) training program, which is a conative testing measure that leaders of both small and large businesses can use to build better management teams, engage more productively with their existing ones, and identify gaps....

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Key Performance Indicators: The Pathway to Measured Success

Measure of success conceptual using measuring tape

  One of the most relatable examples of a key performance indicator (KPI) comes from being a parent. It is amazing how preoccupied kids are with growing up. This is evidenced by how frequently they measure themselves, followed by predictions on if they will...

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Innovative Funding Changing Finance Landscape

Crowdfunding for Small Business Investing

I read a great article in The Wall Street Journal titled The Uberization of Money.  The title is obviously derived from the leading ride sharing company, Uber.  According to the article, the title was chosen because the trends in money and investing are similar...

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Creating a Company with Passion

Creating a Company with Passion

  As an entrepreneur, your determination to succeed is second to none. Without this passion and drive, you would have never taken on the challenges of owning a small business. But when it comes to getting your team to exhibit the same type of...

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