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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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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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Debt vs. Equity Financing: Which is Best for Your Business?

When small-business owners need extra capital to grow and scale their company, it can be a challenge to figure out which type of financing is the best fit. Should you take out a business loan or look for an investor? Before making this important...

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Crowdfunding: The Latest Option in Small Business Investing

Crowdfunding for Small Business Investing

When you think of crowdfunding, websites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo probably come to mind. Yet, despite the unparalleled reach and reputation of these popular crowdfunding sites, most entrepreneurs don’t view them as a practical solution for attracting the kinds of small business investors...

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With Plenty of Tools Available, Good Financials are a Necessity

The Importance of Finance in Small Business

Almost everyone who’s deeply interested in the entrepreneurial spirit has watched Shark Tank at one time or another. Yet, another popular TV show that focuses on the lives – and livelihood – of small business owners is The Profit, a reality program from CNBC...

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Key Performance Indicators: The Pathway to Measured Success

Measure of success conceptual using measuring tape

  One of the most relatable examples of a key performance indicator (KPI) comes from being a parent. It is amazing how preoccupied kids are with growing up. This is evidenced by how frequently they measure themselves, followed by predictions on if they will...

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Innovative Funding Changing Finance Landscape

Crowdfunding for Small Business Investing

I read a great article in The Wall Street Journal titled The Uberization of Money.  The title is obviously derived from the leading ride sharing company, Uber.  According to the article, the title was chosen because the trends in money and investing are similar...

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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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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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Valuation versus Value Creation

value is created when a strategy is created and executed

On a recent episode of The Second Stage, we had the good fortune of speaking with Dr. Carl Sheeler, Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group and author of Equity Value Enhancement: A Tool to Leverage Human and Financial Capital While Managing Risk. During our...

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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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Disaster Recovery: Putting a Plan into Practice & Mitigating Risk

To fully actualize disaster recovery planning, entrepreneurs are encouraged to combine written protocols with possible real-world scenarios which attempt to replicate the chaotic situations caused by disasters, an approach which has proven to be extremely valuable from both human and hardware perspective.  Approximating the...

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Disaster Recovery: The How To and Prioritization Practices

Business Impact Analysis Central to every disaster recovery planning process is the performance of a Business Impact Analysis. The business impact analysis forces small business owners to consider their company from top to bottom and determine what needs to be recovered and how quickly....

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Disaster Recovery: What is it and Why Should Small Business Owners Pay Attention?

With another challenging winter now in the rearview mirror, small business owners are taking a look back to reflect on how well they survived the brutal snow storms, delayed flights, highway gridlock, and missed deadlines that plagued the national business landscape over the past...

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Middle-Market Service Providers Must Go Deep to Grow Big

Middle Market executive chats with Doug Tatum to discuss his observations of the middle market and why service providers focusing on this market must “go down deeper” than they have in the past.

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In Bearish Market, Goldilocks Opportunities Abound in Second Stage Companies

With the American economy scarcely 100 days away from performing a swan dive off the fiscal cliff, investors everywhere are scrambling to get their financial house in order, bracing for a protracted market swoon, and anticipating the likelihood of another recession.  Amidst this backdrop...

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