These are the stories of the Evergreen™️ movement.
Evergreen leaders are seasoned entrepreneurs, CEOs and presidents with the vision, creativity, resourcefulness, patience and grit to build and scale a business that will stay private indefinitely. They measure success by how well they deliver on their mission and how well they embody the 7Ps: Purpose, Perseverance, People First, Profit, Private, Paced Growth, & Pragmatic Innovation.
Tugboat Institute is a membership organization that brings together Evergreen businesses across industry sectors to share best practices and unique insights, and to develop trusted bonds for their respective Evergreen paths.
Pivoting 101: Caviar, Tattoos, and Bingo
I think we could all agree that the word “pivot” has dominated many of our conversations around business—and life in general—in the last six months. Brian Canlis and his team at Canlis restaurant in Seattle are exemplars of the power of the pivot. From transforming the storied fine-dining restaurant to a drive-through, to creating a delivery program, to offering drive-in movies in their parking lot, the team has been on a constant path of adaptation and reinvention.
Sustained Growth in an Unprecedented Time: Dr. Gary Kunkle
Dr. Gary Kunkle is a leading academic researcher in the area of sustained company growth over time. In this interview with Dave Whorton, Founder and CEO of Tugboat Institute, Gary offers insight into several of the key variables that set sustained growth companies apart and perspective on the role these businesses play in the economy and in communities.
Recipe for Success: Incorporating Family and Community into Your Business
Alissa Leinonen is the award-winning Founder & CEO of Seattle’s largest and longest running woman-owned catering and boxed-lunch company, Gourmondo Co. What began as a small, four-table lunch spot in Pike Place Market over 20 years ago is now a leader in the Pacific Northwest catering industry. There is much about Alissa and her success that is remarkable, but perhaps most inspiring is her commitment to People First—to her family, her employees, and her community.
Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty: Dave Whorton
Navigating the wake of the COVID pandemic will continue to present challenges and uncertainty for Evergreen businesses. In this period, it can be helpful to look to leaders who have persevered through difficulty and maintained a focus on their purpose and their people. In this welcome presentation from Tugboat Institute Summit 2020, Dave Whorton, Founder and CEO of Tugboat Institute, offers insight into George Washington’s exemplary life and career and shares inspiration from this early Evergreen leader.
What Parents Need to Know About Remote Learning: Jeff Patterson
In this presentation from Tugboat Institute Summit 2020, Jeff Patterson, CEO of Gaggle, encourages parents and employers of parents to be particularly attentive to the mental health and well-being of children in the academic year ahead. Jeff has unique insight into the experience of students’ online lives in today’s remote learning landscape.
Demystifying Debt Capital Growth: Ami Kassar
How would you finance an acquisition? Deplete your cash flow? Take out a bank loan? Ignore the opportunity to avoid risk? In this 5-minute presentation from Tugboat Institute Summit 2019, Ami Kassar, founder and CEO of MultiFunding LLC, and author of The Growth Dilemma, presents another—less well-known—option for funding growth.
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Thoughtful commentary on running Evergreen (private, profitable, purposeful, people first) businesses. A must listen for any bootstrapped entrepreneur looking to make a difference.