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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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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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3 Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

  Entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar hurdles throughout their careers – personnel conflicts, undefined business paths and financial woes. Industry leaders have analyzed these common issues and have come up with a variety of solutions – often filling the pages of books with...

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The Second Stage: Our Top Radio Episodes of 2016

Small Business Investing: 2016 Year in Review

As small business investors, we’re extremely passionate about inspiring entrepreneurs on their way to creating strong foundations for long-term success. It’s not only become our professional mission in our dealings with clients, but also served as a personal undertaking for each member of our...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Hillbilly Elegy”

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A timely deviation from my typical business focused titles, today’s book reflection is on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Describing his life growing up in small towns in Kentucky and Ohio prior to joining the...

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Evolution Capital Partners’ 2016 Leadership Summit

Evolution Capital Partners Leadership Summit

Each year, Evolution Capital Partners hosts its Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting in support of our growing list of active partner companies and investors. This year’s summit, held at our headquarters in Cleveland, OH, brought together our largest group of partner companies to date,...

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Why Every Small Business Owner Needs a Mentor

Small Business Owner and Business Mentor

As every CEO, entrepreneur and small business owner knows: It’s lonely at the top. Even with all the inherent advantages of having the final word in decision-making and the status of being an executive, we as company leaders sometimes feel isolated from the rest...

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How to Find the Right Small Business Investor to Fuel Growth

Small Business Investor and Planning

Of the many challenges faced by small business owners, finding enough capital to invest in expanding your company is often viewed as the most difficult. But the difficulty doesn’t always stem from simply obtaining growth capital, but rather the processes you put in place...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Innovator’s Dilemma”

The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

Over the past six months we had a summer associate who inspired me with an innovative way to get more reading in than I ever thought possible, taking my appetite for continuous learning to a whole new level.  How, you may be asking?  I...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Dip”

The Dip, A Book That Teaches Your When to Quit

As I recently listened to an entrepreneur describe her vision and business plan, outlining that insufficient capital was a piece of the puzzle she was missing in order to reach her business goal, she said “I’m in The Dip.” “You know, the one described...

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