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Small Business Growth

How Evolutionary Capital Helps Second Stage Companies

business growth investment to achieve goals

Small Business Investors You’ve heard of Venture Capital.  You’ve heard of Private Equity.  But have you heard of Evolutionary Capital?  It fits uniquely in between, in the second stage of growth. When you finally rise above the difficulties of being a start-up, your small...

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The Power of Profit in Small Business

The Power of Profit in Small Business

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, your company’s sustainability and growth prospects are reliant on the financial health of your organization. And at Evolution, we feel that not only understanding the financial levers that drive your business are imperative, but monitoring these identified...

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Entrepreneurially Run Companies Need Structure To Grow

An operating process offers a framework for growth

Many entrepreneurs feel that if they put enough hours and hustle into their business, they will be successful. And while many certainly are successful due to the blood, sweat and tears poured into the business (especially in the beginning years), in the long run,...

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Financial Dashboards in Small Business

Financial Metrics in Small Business

With few exceptions, there’s a good chance every vehicle you’ve driven has come equipped with a dashboard, displaying everything from your automobile’s speed and fuel level to its engine temperature and RPMs. Without this display available, it would be extremely difficult to know how...

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Access to Small Business Capital

cost of capital versus benefits

In the Opinion Section of the November 4th Wall Street Journal, Mr. Peter Wallison, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and best-selling author, wrote an article titled Bernanke and the Slow-Growth Crew.  I believe it was a thought provoking article in that...

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Supporting the Entrepreneurial Community for 10 Years

The Leader in Growing Second Stage Companies

The Leader in Growing Second Stage Companies® Celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month, we reflect on Evolution’s purpose to Inspire Entrepreneurs to Create Evolutionary Businesses. Having the good fortune to have partnered with twelve companies and spoken with thousands of small business owners...

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The State of Entrepreneurs in 2015

Innovation important to Entrepreneur Success

As an entrepreneur, you already know how well your company has performed thus far in 2015, but you may not know how your experience stacks up against other small business owners across the country. Today we examine an annual survey recently published by Hiscox,...

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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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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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Is mezzanine capital right for your established businesses?

On this week’s episode of The Second Stage we were pleased to be joined by F.N.B. Capital Partners’ Managing Partner, Stephen Gurgovits, to help us not only define mezzanine funding or financing, but understand when it is a viable option for established and growing...

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3 facts to disprove the private equity misperception

Private equity is not well understood largely because almost all of it is well…….private. But how it is portrayed in mainstream media is off base and I would say even a bit unfair.  To this point, I recently wrote an article for Smart Business...

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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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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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How to Hire the right talent to Move your business forward

In my last post in our series on the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom, I discussed the importance of having a plan. You can have all the money in the world, and the best business idea anyone has ever heard, but if you don’t...

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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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Have a Plan

In our last post in this series, we discussed the first of the 5 Pillars of Business Freedom, Financials. Once you have your cash flow in order, it’s now time to move on to the next pillar, having a Plan! You can have the...

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Assessing Employee Benefit Programs within a Changing Landscape

looking at the cost of capital benefits

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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