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5 Must-Have Apps for Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, you’ve had to stay up on many of the latest trends in your field, particularly when it comes to technology. You’ve probably already read numerous articles or heard from countless other successful business owners how technology has been playing...

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15 Ways to Promote Your Small Business in 2015

2015 is looking like it will be a great year for many small businesses, much of this due to the number of consumers searching for the latest and greatest in innovation, service and products. This means that right now is the perfect time to...

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Continuous Learning is Key to a Successful Business

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the importance of continuous learning with our guest, founder and CEO of BigSpeak Inc, Jonathan Wygant. As the leader of your business, it is vital to not only invest in the development of your team,...

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Creating Entrepreneurially Minded Students

On today’s episode of The Second Stage, we were pleased to speak with the Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University, Brett Smith. It is energizing to learn that entrepreneurship has found its way into higher-education and is continuing to become more...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Your Small Business Mobile-Friendly?

In last week’s blog I spoke about recommendations for adapting your business in the digital world, pointing out that a solid and above industry standard website can truly set you apart from the competition. As a follow up to this point, it is important...

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Keep Your Small Business Emerging in a Digital Economy

In the last ten years, nothing has changed more than the way in which your small business gains visibility—and business itself. When asked how small businesses can adapt themselves to the digital world, I refer to the same four key points: their website, digital...

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Expect an ROI When it Comes to Your Office Build-Out or Redesign

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we were pleased to speak with architect, James Horman of Progressive AE, to discuss how architecture and thoughtful design can truly impact a business’s overall performance, productivity and bottom line. After all, designing or reconfiguring your office...

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Living the American Dream

It was a pleasure speaking with our guest this week on The Second Stage, Dr. Paul Hsu, the true definition of a lifelong entrepreneur. Dr. Hsu’s inspirational story displays what is possible with vision, drive and determination, his definition of “entrepreneurial spirit.” Arriving in...

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3 facts to disprove the private equity misperception

Private equity is not well understood largely because almost all of it is well…….private. But how it is portrayed in mainstream media is off base and I would say even a bit unfair.  To this point, I recently wrote an article for Smart Business...

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