Welcome to the Small Giants Blog. We write great articles so you can learn, be inspired and share relevant content.

Since we share quite a bit about culture, community, vision, etc., we thought we’d balance it out by sharing some real talk about the financial metrics of growing a sustainable small business. This post is courtesy of our friends at Evolution Capital Partners.

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, your company’s sustainability and growth prospects are reliant on the financial health of your organization. And at Evolution, we feel that not only understanding the financial levers that drive your business are imperative, but monitoring these identified predictive financial metrics on a regular basis are just as important. This is why we have defined the first pillar in The Five Pillars of Business Freedom (SM) as Financials.

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Millennials: Are They Really That Bad?

Posted by Erin Walter on January 26, 2016

This article originally appeared on thethoughtboard.com.

In 2015 millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. While there is no official age range for millennials, it is commonly accepted that they were born between 1981 and 1997. According to Pew Research Center, there are currently 53.5 million millennials working in the U.S., with a large portion still in college.

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When people describe a company with great culture, many people immediately picture a laid-back and fun-loving atmosphere. This sells a good company culture far short, though.

Building a great culture is much more than just casual attire or Beer Friday—it’s more about the who, what, how, and why of your business. Your culture isn’t your perks, it’s your values. Building great culture takes some combination of time, money, and effort, but the payoff is a powerful business tool and the ultimate competitive advantage.

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Topics: Values, Company Culture


A bowl of popcorn sat at the center of the conference room table, a gift from a colleague. It was filled with a Chicago delicacy—caramel, cheese, and butter popcorn mixed together in a tasty, caloric holiday mix.

We made it about 45 minutes into the afternoon session before the first handful came out of the bowl. Then the second, and a third. Soon all I could hear was the crunching.

Popcorn is a loud food. You don’t notice this at the movie theater with an action film playing in the background, but in a quiet conference room, the sound of popcorn being chewed can become overwhelming. Once your mind has noticed it, it’s hard to focus on anything else. It’s a disruptor.

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