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Find Your Sumo: Build a Culture of Business Development

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we talk about the strategic importance of establishing a Business Development (BD) mindset and culture within your organization with expert Bernie Brenner, author of The Sumo Advantage, and co-founder of TrueCare, Inc. Let’s begin with the distinction...

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Stand Out from the Crowd

As a leader and business owner, your ability to think strategically is perhaps one of the most important skills you can share with your team and organization. On a recent episode of The Second Stage, we invited author and CEO of Outthinker LLC, Kaihan...

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The Value of Logistics in Small Business

In the early days of business, logistics were delegated to a company’s shipping clerk, who often single-handedly ran all of the incoming and outgoing products inside of an organization. Today, this vital function has taken on an even bigger role, not only gaining the...

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The evolving political landscape – what small business owners can expect

With the recent changes in Congress, we invited Small Business Investor Alliance President, Brett Palmer, to The Second Stage to discuss what small business owners can expect in 2015 and beyond. During our conversation Mr. Palmer spoke to the fact that with Congress and...

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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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Approaches to Productivity: Tips for Small Business Owners

For small businesses, productivity is the name of the game. Yet, it doesn’t just apply to the employees of an organization; it also applies to how the business itself operates. You, your staff and your business should each be parts of a lean, mean...

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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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5 Creative Ways to Reward Employees During the Holidays

The holiday season is less than one week away, which can be a particularly stressful time for small business owners and their employees, largely due to the year-end push for sales and marketing efforts. Yet, there are a number of ways businesses, both large...

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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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The Right Staff: Hiring for Your Small Business

While many small businesses operate on a highly-monitored budget during their initial growth period, sometimes relying heavily on the owners themselves to keep the doors open, there are sometimes opportunities to expand the number of employees working inside the company. These budgetary constraints often...

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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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The Value of Mentoring for Small Business

Most owners of small businesses can think back to a time when they were inspired by a mentor to begin their journey. This inspiration may have come from a friend, family member, successful entrepreneur or elsewhere, ultimately giving them the wherewithal to chase after...

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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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Entrepreneurs: Leaders and Managers

For all the entrepreneurs, business owners, and top-level executives out there, you’ve probably thought about which bucket you fall into most often: manager or leader? The importance of each, even the debate over which carries more weight, isn’t new. In my position, I’m often...

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Visionary and Integrator: It takes both to grow a company!

Before I go too far into the discussion on our most recent episode of The Second Stage, I’d like to paint the picture of the “Visionary” and “Integrator” roles within an organization as described by our guest, Mark Winters, Entrepreneur and Certified Entrepreneurial Operating...

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Take Action: Identify Road Blocks & Create a Plan for Success

5 Pillars of Business Freedom

The 5 Pillars of Business Freedom Entrepreneurs and the small businesses they champion often face the same paradox – a clear understanding of their goals and where they want to be, but a hesitation with how to craft a tactical action plan that will...

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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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Conscious Capitalism: The Benefits of Aligned Organizations

Core Values and Value Creation, two often discussed topics here on The Second Stage, are the foundation as well as benefit to embracing the business model referenced as Conscious Capitalism. During today’s discussion, our guest, William Vogelgesang, co-founder of Candlewood Partners, describes this purpose-driven...

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