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The Latest in Cybersecurity: Is Your Small Business Prepared for a Cyberattack?

In recent years, the number of cyberattacks has been increasing at an alarming rate – and small businesses are particularly vulnerable. In fact, 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses. This is because they are often seen as an easy gateway into larger companies...

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5 Advancements in Technology Helping Small Businesses Compete

With less staff, resources and money compared to large corporations, small businesses have always been the stereotypical underdog. However, thanks to advancements in technology, these small businesses now have the ability to bring their companies up to match the larger competition. From online project...

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Evolution Book Shelf: Steve Jobs Says Be Willing to Fail & Ask for Advice (Interview Commentary)

Occasionally, I have the good fortune to speak to young people about entrepreneurship, opening the idea of self-employment as a career alternative. For the last few years, Denea Jackson (Evolution’s office manager) has facilitated the opportunity to present this message to the fourth-grade class...

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How To Set Attainable Goals For Your Small Business

Setting company goals is an important factor to keep your business continuously moving forward. However, the purpose of setting these goals is lost unless you make them realistic and attainable for your team. Attainable goals give your team something manageable to strive for, creating...

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5 Keys to Cultivating a Positive Company Culture

While knee deep in the growth stage, many small-business owners neglect to focus on one of the most important factors to the long-term success of their organization – creating a positive company culture. By boosting employee morale, a great company culture can have sweeping...

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Developing a Successful Sales Process

  Having a well-defined sales process is the key to successfully managing your sales team and pipeline. A sales process is a repeatable and scalable series of steps that maps out and tracks interactions with potential clients. These steps ensure everyone in the company...

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5 Tips for Effective Communication in a Small-Business Atmosphere

Establishing effective communication is the key to an organization’s success – particularly within a small-business atmosphere, where employees often wear many hats. It can have a cascading effect on all facets of an organization – from employee morale and productivity, to company revenue. However,...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Comments and discussion with Eyes Wide Open author Isaac Lidsky

At Evolution Capital Partners our purpose is to serve and inspire small business owners that we identify as Evolutionary leaders: continuous learners trying to build something bigger than themselves, something having a sustainable impact on the employees and communities they serve. Recently, I was...

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Part II: What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Add-On Acquisitions

The decision to take on an add-on acquisition is a big one and should not be taken lightly. You need to make sure company and employees are ready for this kind of strategic endeavor. Growing your small business through acquisitions offers many benefits to...

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Part I: What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Add-On Acquisitions

Think it’s time to take on a new acquisition? Add-on acquisitions can help your small business grow, position your company as a dominant player in its competitive field and increase the overall value of the company. But how do you know if your company...

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4 Ways to Gain Capital and Support Small Business Growth

Launching a new business takes hard work and determination, but the struggle doesn’t end there. Growing and developing your small business can be just as tough if you don’t have the funding to support it. Currently, there are 28 million small businesses in America,...

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7 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Attractive to Investors

When it comes time to grow and scale their company, small-business owners are increasingly looking to investors as a means of securing that much-needed extra capital. Attracting an investor – whether it’s a private equity firm, venture capitalist or angel investor – is no...

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The Entrepreneurial Operating System: Making a Difference in Small Businesses

The Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) integrates a holistic business model aimed to align and synchronize all the pieces of a business to produce the desired results. This process has caught the eye of many former, current and aspiring small business owners, including one entrepreneur...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Between the World and Me

I’ll start this post by mentioning my favorite read in 2016, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.  This book inspired me to believe that anything is possible and that the American Dream is still alive and well.  So, with this being said, during one of my...

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Financial Reporting Best Practices for Small Businesses

Financials, our first pillar in The Five Pillars of Business FreedomSM, is one of the most important elements for a growing business. Accurately tracking financial data plays a crucial role in monitoring the overall health and stability of your company. Although the endless number...

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How to Use EBITDA for the Valuation of Your Small Business

Selling a business can be a difficult decision for entrepreneurs to make, both on an emotional and financial level. There are a number of factors that come into play when determining an appropriate asking price, including competitive advantages, growth opportunities and historic financial performance....

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3 Ways Trump’s Proposed Policies Can Impact Small Businesses

  President Trump’s administration could have a significant influence on the 28 million small businesses in America. Business experts have presented conflicting views on what the next four years could bring.  Nevertheless, entrepreneurs should brace for changes, both good and bad. Though details are...

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How Repealing ObamaCare May Impact Your Small Business

President Trump has long been calling for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – unofficially dubbed “ObamaCare” – with the goal of replacing it with a better and more affordable alternative. However, despite the fact that Congressional leaders are already setting the...

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3 Trends for Marketing Your Small Business in 2017

As we move into 2017, today’s ever-evolving marketing landscape continues to place more demand on small-business owners than ever before. Although many small businesses lack the capital and resources for a marketing team, the development of modern business technology can empower small-business owners to...

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Evolution Bookshelf: The Power of Broke by Daymond John

  The Power of Broke was the selection for our 2016 third quarter book club discussion and honestly, it would not have been my first choice. But it has been fun to read the titles the team picks that are outside my long running...

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