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Friday News Nugget: The Facts about Workplace Engagement

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: The Maverick

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 Simple Facts about the Affordable Care Act

A timely and important topic for all, but in particular small business owners, we were pleased to have with us on today’s show experts from Oswald, Rob Edmonds and Andrea Esselstein, to help us navigate the waters around the Affordable Care Act.    While the...

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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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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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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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Friday News Nugget: The hardest action for an entrepreneur, LETTING GO

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: Stick To Your Plan

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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Passion For Possibilities

Our final core value – Passion For Possibilities – truly sums up the tremendous opportunities we open ourselves up to when we adhere to TEAM. The possibilities are endless. One of my favorite quotes is from author Patrick Lencioni, “If you get all the...

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Meticulous Dedication To Process

Without dedication to process, decisions can be random and not based on fact. As described in our third core value, creativity and flexibility are key. But coupling that with a process and routine for making new ideas a reality can take a business to...

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Friday News Nugget: Cultivating your employees and the success of your organization

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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Embracing Evolutionary Businesses

Growing a business is truly an evolutionary process.  Our second core value, Embracing Evolutionary Businesses, describes our passion for businesses that are are looking to scale and grow to the next level. We see our purpose as helping entrepreneurs take their founder-dependent business and...

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Taking Transparency to New Heights

Core Values – They Work! Here at Evolution, we went through a transformative process to define our core values. We wanted these values to not only reflect how we conduct business, but encapsulate the spirit of who we really are and why we do...

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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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9 Tips For Creating a Meaningful Strategy (Part 3 of 3)

In my final post in this series, 9 Tips For Creating a Meaningful Strategy, I would like to dive a litter deeper into the remaining five tips: Keep the team focused, Focus often on progress checks, Focus on the big levers, Remove obstacles, and Don’t...

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9 Tips For Creating a Meaningful Strategy (Part 2 of 3)

Strategy in Action:  Communication and Teamwork Key Did the questions posed during my last post (9 Tips For Creating a Meaningful Strategy) resonate with you? “Do you feel that the team has a clear definable Plan for success? Are you ready to come out...

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9 Tips For Creating a Meaningful Strategy (Part 1 of 3)

The Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) gathered in Orlando in April for the National Meeting where we inaugurated a session for CEOs focused on the things that keep us up at night. As I reflect back on the main topics of interest and...

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