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Case Study on Entrepreneurship

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we spoke with serial entrepreneurs, Michelle Tomallo and Micki Tubbs, Co-Founders of FIT Technologies in Cleveland, OH. Evolving from a web based software development firm focused on the education market to a provider of customized IT Solutions...

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Is your advisory board working for you and your business?

Recently writing a guest article for Crain’s Cleveland Business on the subject of advisory boards and their effectiveness,  I reflected on the common challenges many business owners face when creating a meaningful group of advisors to help them propel their business forward.  Three identified issues are a lack of...

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Does your business have a crisis communications plan?

Big or small, it is inevitable that a crisis of some kind will happen within every business.  And the days of playing ostrich are virtually gone in today’s world of 24/7 “news” (professional and amateur) and social media. On today’s episode of The Second...

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How To Make Your Business More “Sellable”

Today on The Second Stage we had the good fortune of speaking with bestselling author and founder of The Sellability Score, John Warrillow. Mr. Warrillow shares what motivated him to write Built To Sell: Creating a business that can thrive without you as well...

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Preparing Your Business For Sale

Are you contemplating selling your business, but unsure where to start?  On today’s episode of The Second Stage our guest, Tom Zucker, Founder of EdgePoint Capital Advisors, offers his expertise on how and when a business owner should begin the preparation for just such...

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Make Your Management Meetings Meaningful

One of the most common frustrations for business owners and their management teams are unproductive meetings. If your weekly management meeting is anything like ours once was, not everyone is on time, there is no set agenda and most are on their laptop or...

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Is Your Company Ready for Small Business Investors?

One of the first questions I’m often asked is exactly what type of company Evolution Capital Partners works with. Before I answer that question, let me take a step back and talk about the different types of businesses we’ve encountered. From a startup to...

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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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Assessing Your Business’s Telecommunication Needs

The world of business telecommunications has had to virtually transform itself with the advancements in technology over the past 20 years. And with this industry shift, the business users themselves have become more sophisticated, putting increased demands for better communication services on their providers...

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Small Business Valuation: What is my business worth?

As a business owner, how do I know what my business is worth and what factors affect the value? Is this something I should have calculated regularly or under specific circumstance? Is this something I can do myself? All great questions and ones we...

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How Vulnerable is Your Small Business to Cyber Threats?

Small business owners often do not realize just how vulnerable their companies are to cyber attacks, but the reality is that any business (no matter size or sophistication) using or supporting technology is a target. We were excited to speak with our guest this...

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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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Ensuring New Employee Success

Here at Evolution we always stress how important people truly are to your organization and is even one of our Five Pillars of Business Freedom. So as you grow your small business and work hard to attract top talent, how do you ensure that...

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Common Accounting Errors in Small Business

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we were joined by Audit Director and Partner at McGladrey, Roger Prough. During our discussion we focused on some of the more common accounting errors he and his team often uncover while auditing small business financials including, improper...

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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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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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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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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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