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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”

A Conversation with David B. Eshoo, President and Founder of Helping Hand IT Services & Networking, Inc., About Gardening for Ideas, His Kairos Time Tricks, and the Top 4 IT Blindspots for Most Businesses   1. How have you made a difference in the Fox Valley community? We are members of both the Saint Charles … Continue reading “Epic in The Fox Valley – David Eshoo”

• Enjoys helping others • Comes from a large family • Loved dominoes growing up • She’s in go-mode much of the time What do you do at Apex? Financial statements and all types of tax returns, including individual and business entities. What do you love most about accounting? People say that I do the … Continue reading “Meet Dawn Andrey, Enterprise Associate at Apex”

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”

A Conversation with Phil Graf, Founder of Graf Tree Care, About the Urban Forest, Fishing From the Air, and Why Taking Trees for Granted is a Big Mistake   You’ve grown your company from two to more than a dozen people (including Ringo, the shop dog). What’s your secret to business growth? I have no … Continue reading “Epic in the Fox Valley – Phil Graf”

Served accounting clients for 32 years Hi, I’m Debby Anderson. I prepare monthly compilations, payroll, sales, individual and entity tax returns. I was previously with Morrison & Associates for 32 years. I also love good food, which may be why people think I’ll eat anything! Loves being part of the Apex team! Everything is working … Continue reading “Meet Debby Anderson, Enrolled Agent at APEX”

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?”

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