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The 5 Stages of Value Maturity Podcast Series: Stage 1 – Identify Value

  In this five-part podcast series, we will be hosting exit planning expert Mike Trabert to discuss the five stages of a value maturity cycle that will help position your business for a successful transition. A partner at Skoda Minotti, Mike leads the firm’s...

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Preparing Your Business for the Private Equity Exit Process

So much has been written about selling to private equity, but far less has been discussed about when private equity sells and what is done to prepare the management team for that process. However, it is important to note that because all private equity funds...

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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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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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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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The role management plays in seeking a small business investment

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team as defined by Patrick Lencioni

The most important factor in the success or failure of a small business investment (or the degrees in between) comes down to the leadership and experience of the management team, the interactions between team members and the strategic plan they create for the future...

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Evolutionary Capital: An Alternative for Business Owners and Investors

Owner Investment in his or her business

Every small business owner goes through an evolution at some point in their entrepreneurship. For most, the first stage of owning a business typically involves having an uncompromising passion for the products or services the company is built on. While it may come with...

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The Evolution from Creating to Investing in Small Business

Small Business Investor

Walking away from a business you’ve poured your heart and soul into is a difficult decision, but if you’ve taken the time to develop a rewarding exit strategy, a new set of opportunities undoubtedly await you. At the beginning, these opportunities may involve pursuing...

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The Importance of Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs

Plan for the successful exit of your business

Unsurprisingly, most entrepreneurs would find it a stretch to add the words “exit planning” to their everyday vocabulary, much less to their long-term business strategy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as entrepreneurs are well-known for being focused in the way they operate...

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Why Evolution Partners With Second Stage Companies

Build a Foundation for Sustained Growth with a Small Business Investor

When we began working on the principles that would ultimately become the driving force behind our decision-making at Evolution Capital Partners, we not only relied on tips from proven experts in the area of smart investing, but we also leaned heavily on our own...

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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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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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Second Stage Investing: Supporting The “Unsexy” Entrepreneur

In a recent article in Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Venture for America, Andrew Yang, wrote candidly about his views on what kinds of startups he looks to invest in. Labeling these companies as “unsexy” by the standards often used to describe most fledgling...

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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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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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Selling your Small Business: Don’t Go It Alone

Business Owner finding the right advisor for sale process

While the topic of selling your business is certainly not a novel one here on our blog or radio show, The Second Stage, my recent conversation with the co-founder of divestopedia, John Carvalho, sparked some exceptional points on why having a great advisor is...

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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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Venture Capital and Private Equity an Alternative to Crowdfunding for Private Investors?

I recently wrote a guest article for Crain’s Cleveland Business outlining the potential pitfalls of crowdfunding, encompassed by the JOBS Act.  While I commend the notion, I believe it has the potential to be a recipe for disaster. Does crowdfunding miss the mark with...

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