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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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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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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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Friday News Nugget: Are banks missing an opportunity to support small 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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Year-end Tax Planning Tips: Don’t wait until December

On today’s episode  of The Second Stage we discussed the ever looming topic we all love as business owners, year-end tax planning. And while we may not like to think about it – preparation, planning and yes, even a strategy, can help to ease...

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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: The opposite of success is not failure, but growth

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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Accountability, Everyone gets the job done

With our guest, Brent Sapp, CEO of Inc. Navigator, today we discussed the fifth and final pillar of Business Freedom, Accountability. Last, but by no means least, with the first four pillars in place (Financials, Plan, People and Transparency), Accountability ensures that there is...

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Transparency, Everyone’s a part of the process

In today’s episode of The Second Stage we discuss the fourth of our five pillars of Business Freedom, Transparency. To discuss this critical pillar we were thrilled to have Open Book Management expert Patrick Carpenter, Vice President of The Great Game of Business. To...

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Attract your dream team

With the first two pillars in place (great financials and a detailed plan), business owners now have the freedom to attract their dream team.   In today’s episode of The Second Stage we focused on the importance of having processes, structure, a mission and values in...

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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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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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Always Look For A Better Way

A company can’t stagnate. It’s got to evolve. Being the entrepreneurs that we are – and with the desire to maintain that entrepreneurial spirit – it was important to us that we capture this spirit in our core values. The result: Always Look For...

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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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Venture Capital and Private Equity an Alternative to Crowdfunding for Private Investors?

I recently wrote a guest article for Crain’s Cleveland Business outlining the potential pitfalls of crowdfunding, encompassed by the JOBS Act.  While I commend the notion, I believe it has the potential to be a recipe for disaster. Does crowdfunding miss the mark with...

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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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