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If you have any question at all about the power of charitable giving, just consider this: #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement fueled by social media and online donation tools, was started on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2012 by a single New York City nonprofit. In its seventh year, #GivingTuesday 2018 campaigns raised over $380 … Continue reading “The Season of Giving: 4 Reasons Why Giving Back Makes Good Business Sense”

The Story of Joe: How one man used the Apex Kairos process to transform his business and achieve his personal goals.   Have you ever found your business hitting a plateau—or even a decline—and weren’t sure what to do about it? Or perhaps you have thought about expanding your business, but hesitated due to concerns … Continue reading “Achieve Your Personal Goals Through the Success of Your Business”

In the beginning, all bets are off. A business owner’s sheer will and determination is enough. This works when you reach four or five employees. Then comes an epiphany. Fatigue and plateau set in. And you realize that if you keep doing the same things, you will get the same results. Clearly, this is not … Continue reading “Empowering Your Team Empowers Your Business”

When we start out in business, everything is urgent. Everything is important. You’re a Swiss Army knife — doing the work, billing it, marketing it, making it, taking care of customers. As the business grows, it’s easy to get stuck in “urgency” mode. But that’s not where growth happens. Two Types of Thinking The task-focused … Continue reading “Think First, Grow Second”

Fact: when you start a business, a company’s success is in direct proportion to struggle. It has to be that way. You are running the show. In fact, you ARE the show: the main actor, the ticket taker, the promoter, and the custodian. According to a survey by The Alternative Board, 30 percent of entrepreneurs … Continue reading “How to Sprint Past Early Stage Struggle to Strategic Planning for Growth”

Diana is a business owner of a popcorn company. She’s busy leading, working, delivering, packaging, presenting and planning. Some call her a nonstop force of energy. She hasn’t taken a vacation in three years. Jack, on the other hand, is always the life of the party. No small wonder he is in sales. The problem … Continue reading “7 Habits of Small Business Owners Who Think Ahead of the Curve”

We’ve doubled the size of Apex in two years, and it never would have happened if I hadn’t stepped aside. It hurt to let go. But if I hadn’t, I knew we would never be anything more than a few people with a nice, little office working at capacity in the bustling town of St. … Continue reading “From One Business Owner to Another: Letting Go is the Best Way to Grow”

KEY TAKEAWAYS: 1. Business owners who unchain from the business create opportunities for growth and sustainability. 2. Build a business that produces an income stream for the business owner — without his or her active involvement. 3. The more future-proofed a company is, the higher its valuation. 4. Getting key people involved creates alignment and … Continue reading “5 Questions for Companies That Want to be Around in 2025”

By Lucas VanDeWoestyne, CPA, CGMA and Partner of Apex CPAs & Consultants   In many ways, a great partnership in business is like any lifelong relationship. Both require a sense of shared values, and the willingness to take next steps together. Successful partnerships don’t just happen overnight. They are a product of trust and respect … Continue reading “What Makes a Great Partnership in Business?”

Sam Segretto has built a business on making people look beautiful. He, his wife, and three sons own the upscale Zazú salons with locations in Chicago, Hinsdale, Wheaton and Naperville. Being a business owner is never part-time. “We live it,” he says. “It’s 24 hours, thinking about it, talking about, it’s part of who we … Continue reading “The Beauty Behind Tax Benefits for Zazú Salons”

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