The Books We Recommend During the Little Engine Ventures General Manager Training

Following a recent blog post, a subscriber said “it’s nice to see what you are reading, but what do you recommend?” And, then, “How do you put the learnings into action?” At first this is a huge request because we’ve drawn from so many books, each having influenced us in subtle ways. However, the question Read more about The Books We Recommend During the Little Engine Ventures General Manager Training[…]

Navigating Small Business Acquisitions: Understanding the Type, Distance, Pace, and Size of Your Deals

Small business acquisitions have become a vital part of growth strategies for many companies. I’ve been reading about many great, publicly traded service companies –many of whom buy dozens to hundreds of small businesses annually. They jump-start expansion plans occasionally or fit into a regular plan. In this post, we’ll delve into the key factors Read more about Navigating Small Business Acquisitions: Understanding the Type, Distance, Pace, and Size of Your Deals[…]

Reading Annual Reports of Public Companies to Influence Your Small Business

Each year I pick a reading theme that fills in my time. My primary blocks of reading time in our marketable security business line are filled with companies I have already researched before. Once current on those I like to explore. Having a theme for the year helps give me structure so I don’t wander Read more about Reading Annual Reports of Public Companies to Influence Your Small Business[…]

The Types of Managers That Fail

We recently hosted our quarterly Advisory Committee meeting in Lafayette, Indiana. Jeff Peterson stuck around afterward to share some more detailed advice. I asked if I could share his notes –which he delivered from memory–I had to write down. He agreed and proceeded to say, “There are 3 types of managers that fail.” Ultimately, each Read more about The Types of Managers That Fail[…]

Summary of the Little Engine Ventures Annual General Meeting 2023

On Thursday, July 20, 2023 more than half of our partners gathered with our managers in downtown Lafayette, Indiana for a report on the previous twelve months and our updates on the go-forward plans. We are grateful for the people who have helped us. While our purpose is to help others climb, we have been Read more about Summary of the Little Engine Ventures Annual General Meeting 2023[…]