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2016 Year in Review Special Edition: Part 2

With 2016 winding down, we feel it’s a great time for small business owners to reflect on their successes and failures (or better stated, growth opportunities) in the past year, and then begin developing new strategies that build on these experiences in the year...

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2016 Year in Review Special Edition: Part 1

With 2016 winding down, we feel it’s a great time for small business owners to reflect on their successes and failures (or better stated, growth opportunities) in the past year, and then begin developing new strategies that build on these experiences in the year...

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Encore: Is Investment Crowdfunding a Viable Option for My Business?

On today’s episode of The Second Stage we welcome Bill Hubbard, Owner and Founder of Hubbard Business Counsel, to shed light on the newest of the crowdfunding options for both business owners and investors, Reg CF or Title III. In effect as of May...

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Encore: From Entrepreneur to Investor

We are thrilled to welcome Joan Crain, Global Family Wealth Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, this week to The Second Stage. Joan works closely with wealthy families and their advisors to provide comprehensive and customized wealth planning solutions. We will speak with Ms. Crain...

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Encore: How financially capable are your employees?

We talk often about the importance of great financial metrics and reporting as you establish and grow your organization. And it doesn’t stop with just having solid financial practices in place, but must be accompanied with a culture of transparency and accountability to empower...

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Encore: Conquer Complexity in Your Business: Scale is Possible

At a certain point in the lifecycle of every business, there comes an awkward phase of organizational development where the complexity of a business is overcoming its team’s capabilities as leaders and the systems they created. Too big to be small, and too small...

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Encore: Employee Onboarding Best Practices

As business owners grow their organizations, attracting AND retaining the right talent is crucial. Without the right team in place with everyone understanding their individual and team roles and how they fit into the organization, it is hard to reach desired company goals. So...

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Encore: Exit Your Business on Top

A journey every business owner MUST take, exiting your business can either be the most rewarding or the most deflating. The part of an entrepreneur’s journey not often highlighted, the question is, what defines a great exit and how can it be planned for...

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Strategies for Small Businesses to Find the Best Capital Partner to Fuel Growth

Growing your small business is a challenge, no matter the size or industry, with many owners identifying access to capital as one of the biggest hurdles in achieving their goals. But typically access alone is not the stumbling point. Knowing how to identify the...

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Privacy and Data Security: Is Your Business Prepared?

Kim Ferenchak, Practice Leader of Executive Risk at Oswald Companies, joins us on today’s episode of “The Second Stage” to discuss privacy and data security risks and how to ensure your business is prepared as well as protected. Business practices have evolved as we...

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Encore: Selling Your Business: Don’t Go It Alone

As you plan to sell your business, remember (1) you can never start too early and (2) don’t go it alone. Finding the right professional (s) to help you through the process is essential. Here to join us for today’s discussion on selling your...

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Encore: Create an Advisory Board of Innovators

An important element of a great business many overlook is assembling a diverse advisory board, committed to developing your organization and exchanging knowledge. The right people bring innovative ideas, create opportunities and help a company move forward faster toward its stated objectives (or ones...

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The Power of Attentional Networking to Switch Relations to Revenue and Grow your Business

Can intentional and “attention”al networking have a meaningful impact on your business and life? Global Leading Authority on Networking and Relationship Capital, Itzik Amiel, joins us on The Second Stage to share how to utilize ATTENTION to not only find the RIGHT people to...

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Encore: Make Your Management Meetings Meaningful

It’s your weekly management meeting and everyone is late, there is no agenda and mentally most in attendance are off somewhere else “working” on their laptop or smartphone just waiting for their turn to do a “data dump” of information to the team on...

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Encore: Law 101 for Business Owners

Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or new to business ownership, the law can be confusing when it comes to protecting your assets, limiting your liabilities or just creating your company’s operating agreement. On today’s episode of The Second Stage our hosts will be...

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Encore: Preparing Your Business For Sale

Are you contemplating selling your business, but unsure where to start? On today’s episode of The Second Stage our guest, Founder of EdgePoint Capital Advisors, offers his expertise on how and when a business owner should begin preparing their business for sale. While there...

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Encore: Business Insurance Basics

Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or starting a business for the first time, the world of insurance, including the terminology, can be overwhelming. And in this case, what you don’t know, really can hurt you. So on today’s episode, the hosts of The...

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Encore: The Impact of Sustained Growth on Business and the Economy

As demonstrated by the name of our show, Second Stage Companies are our passion. In broad terms, these are established businesses with typically 10-99 employees, a local or regional reputation, and most importantly, establishments consistently adding jobs. While many think of start-ups or large...

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Open-Book Management in Action at West Paw Design

We are thrilled to welcome Spencer Williams, President and Owner of West Paw Design, a US manufacturer of eco-friendly pet toys and beds for cats and dogs, to The Second Stage. As an honoree on the 2016 Forbes’ list of America’s Best Small Companies,...

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Encore: Create a ‘Contagious Culture’

Introduced through the Small Giants Community, we are thrilled to welcome leadership advisor and strategist, Anese Cavanaugh, to The Second Stage. Anese sites that 93% of our impact is in how we “show up,” leaving only 7% of our impact to the words we...

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