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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”

A Conversation with Mike Algrim, Director of Commercial Banking for First National Bank, about growing up in St. Charles, what lights him up about entrepreneurial growth, and his prediction on a cashless society.   You attended St. Charles High School. What is something you learned growing up that you employ today in business? The core … Continue reading “Epic in The Fox Valley – Mike Algrim”

Aurora University graduate Worked in public accounting since 2012 Specialty areas: manufacturing and technology sectors Looks for ways to help businesses succeed Loves hiking!   She knows what successful companies look like Hi, I’m Lisa! Since I joined APEX, I have had the privilege of working with one of our major manufacturing clients, assisting them … Continue reading “Meet Lisa Yanke, CPA – Executive Division Associate”

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 … 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”

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