The Impact of Sustained Growth on Business and the Economy
January 18, 2016
Hosted by Brendan Anderson and Jeffrey Kadlic
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As demonstrated by the name of our show, Second Stage Companies are our passion. In broad terms, these are established businesses with typically 10-99 employees, a local or regional reputation, and most importantly, establishments consistently adding jobs. While many think of start-ups or large corporations as being the job generators, companies demonstrating ‘sustained growth’ turn out to be the heroes. So what does ‘sustained growth’ look like? Here to discuss the characteristics of these companies and why he considers ‘sustained growth’ an important measure of company health is Dr. Gary Kunkle, the founder of Outlier LLC and Research Fellow at Business Dynamics Research Consortium. Through his extensive research, Dr. Kunkle demonstrates that growth is actually a learning curve. No matter the industry, he states, “all companies face the same set of challenges and decisions each time they expand. And the more frequently they grow, the better they get at making these decisions.”
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The Second Stage serves as an entrepreneurial forum to exchange ideas and best practices amongst peers. While each business is unique, most companies face the same obstacles on their path to success. The topics and trends addressed within this community of like-minded individuals will include financials and reporting, valuation and value creation, succession planning, human resources, technology, insurance and benefits, as well as many others. The show will be delivered from the perspective of the hosts who view opportunities from both an entrepreneurial and institutional private investor perspective.
The Second Stage also shines a light on the significant impact that entrepreneurs and their growing companies have on creating a vibrant economic base.
Brendan Anderson and Jeffrey Kadlic
Brendan Anderson has spent the past 20 years as an investor and manager of businesses ranging from manufacturing to financial services. Fascinated by the capital gap within the small business growth sector, he rapidly came to the conclusion that providing best practices in addition to growth capital could consistently produce great results for the management, employees, communities, and investors. He is an active member and mentor within Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and is continuously entrenched in its culture of best practices.
Jeffrey Kadlic spent the first 10 years of his career making private investments in an institutional setting. Early success was achieved in large part to an entrepreneurial mindset within a corporate culture. While practicing as an institutional investor, working in and around dynamic small businesses, he recognized that growing small businesses needed more than just an influx of cash to scale operations. Leveraging corporate practices within an entrepreneurial setting, in addition to the capital, was the best way to achieve great performance.
Brendan and Jeffrey are both alumni of Crain’s Forty under 40 and E and Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalists.
Connected by their passion for growing small companies, in 2005, Anderson and Kadlic partnered to co-found Evolution Capital Partners, focused exclusively on advising and investing growth capital in Second Stage Companies. Evolution and its companies recognized on the Inc.500 5000.