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Small Business Success: Grow Through Failure

Small Business Success: Grow Through Failure

I always counsel young people that your career is a marathon, not a sprint, and that a successful journey is one that is a culmination of many triumphs and failures. Someone once told me that there is something instructive about going out with an...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: ROI Networks

ROI Networks honored as Top Avaya Solution Provider

Since our founding in 2005, Evolution Capital Partners has been privileged to partner with many outstanding organizations helping them to implement a foundation for growth. One such organization we’ve teamed up with recently is ROI Networks, whose expertise in unifying communication systems in small...

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Elevating the Finance Role in Your Small Business

The Importance of Finance in Small Business

As a small business begins to grow, one of two things occurs: either the founder begins taking on more of the company’s responsibilities in terms of accounting, marketing and operations, or they begin to invest in people with expertise in these areas. While many...

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The Rise of Midwest Venture Capital

Venture Capital Moving to the Midwest

Many of my friends, when introducing me to someone, invariably say that I am from Chicago, Houston or Pittsburgh because they have heard me say that I lived in those cities before moving to Cleveland. The fact is that I moved eight times by...

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Small Business Leadership: How Financially Capable Are Your Employees?

Small business owners realize the impact finances have on their organization as a whole, yet they aren’t always aware of the effect an employee’s personal finances plays both inside and outside of the workplace. This doesn’t mean offering employees a significant increase in pay...

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3 Business Leaders Who Changed the World (and How to Emulate Their Style)

Steve Jobs Displays Persistence

Over the past century, scores of incredible businessmen and women have transformed the way the world does business either by introducing new technologies or making such a tremendous impact in their own industries that they eventually became global icons. Today, Evolution Capital Partners salutes...

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Small Business Stress: How to Keep Your Cool

Healthy Habits Reduce Stress

There are few topics more deserving to be written about regarding entrepreneurship than your physical and mental health. There are no shortage of stories about the incredibly draining mental and physical toll running a small business can have on the founder. One characteristic that...

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5 Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Develop

Leadership Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

Being in business, you’ve probably used the phrase “natural-born leader” numerous times to describe an executive who is a mover and shaker in their industry. Truth be told, however, these individuals likely spent much of their lives honing their skillset in a variety of...

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10 Characteristics of Highly Successful People

Common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs

Recently, Forbes explored the most common traits among those considered super-achievers. Based on the greatly celebrated book “The Art of Doing” by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield, the list compiles a broad look at the behaviors individuals at the top of their field exhibit,...

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Selling your Small Business: Don’t Go It Alone

Business Owner finding the right advisor for sale process

While the topic of selling your business is certainly not a novel one here on our blog or radio show, The Second Stage, my recent conversation with the co-founder of divestopedia, John Carvalho, sparked some exceptional points on why having a great advisor is...

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Evolution’s Jeffrey Kadlic on Business Buff Entrepreneurs: Strive and Thrive

Strive and Thrive as an Entrepreneur

Before co-founding Evolution Capital Partners, I invested a decade in institutional settings making private investments, and discovered rather quickly how critical capital investments were to small businesses hoping to scale their operations. Yet, I also saw something else, something even more critical than an...

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Small Business Communication: When Sales & Marketing Requires In-Person Contact

The importance of in-person communication for small business success

Once the Internet was introduced to the public in the early 1990’s, it quickly moved into its current position as the go-to source for companies searching out new ways to reach and retain customers. Prior to this, traditional advertising was the king, with local...

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Evolution’s Entrepreneurs: Accurate Group

Evolution Leaders and Growth Company Results

We have partnered with extraordinary entrepreneurs and management teams over the past ten years, and it is through their vision, leadership and hard work that Evolution attributes its success. One of the phenomenal companies with whom we have had the honor to partner is...

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Time Crunch: Making Small Business Best Practices a Priority

Make Business Best Practices a Priority

Being an entrepreneur is undoubtedly one of the hardest things anyone can undertake. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. It can mean long hours, overwhelming financial and organizational stresses, and a ride upon the proverbial leadership rollercoaster. Yet, as you probably already...

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5 Steps to Business Meeting Mastery

Team Idea Generation

As a business owner, you’ve likely come to recognize how easily mistakes can be made during every stage of your organization’s growth. It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 company, each step towards success presents its own unique set of...

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10 Inspiring Quotes for Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial path is not for the faint at heart, for heart and will are at the center of it all. We are lucky to be inspired every single day by the entrepreneurs we meet. And while words are certainly no substitute for action,...

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Zappos’ Holacracy: Capitalizing on Company Culture

Since its founding in 1999, Zappos has grown to become one of the largest online shoe stores in the entire world, much of this being owed to both inspired leadership and highly savvy business deals. Their biggest came in 2009, when acquired the...

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Cyber Crime and Small Business: It’s Real, Be Prepared!

With cyber crime a very real reality for small businesses, we thought it important to invite cyber security expert, Vikas Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Kalki Consulting, back to The Second Stage. Joining us a year ago Mr. Bhatia addressed the vulnerability of small...

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The Culture of Continuous Learning: True Intellectual Capital

Today’s successful small business culture thrives on learning. Whether it’s happening through print, e-books or news and information sites, the overwhelming majority of small organizations regarded as “movers and shakers” in their industries are making continuous education a part of how they do business....

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The Second Stage: Our Top 10 Episodes for Entrepreneurs

Every Monday at 5 p.m. EST, Brendan Anderson and I join forces with some of the best and brightest in small business on The Second Stage, an online radio program focused on exchanging innovative business ideas and best practices for entrepreneurs. During the 1-hour...

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