Brad Farris

Brad Farris

As principal advisor of Anchor Advisors, Brad Farris has experience leading businesses & business owners into new levels of growth and success. Through his work with over 100 Chicago area small businesses he has experience in guiding founders and business owners through the pitfalls and joys of growing their business. Prior to joining Anchor Advisors, Brad spent over 10 years managing business units for a family-owned conglomerate with sales of $2 million to $25 million.  When he's not working, Brad enjoys cycling, cooking and the NFL. He is married with 5 children and lives in Chicago, Illinois. Connect with him on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

What EVERY Business Owner Needs To Practice This Summer

what-every-business-owner-needs-to-practice

Ahh, to be young. I remember the summer I was 10 years old. It was the summer of all summers. My family was living in the San Francisco bay

Building momentum: How to move your small business forward

how to move your small business forward

In his classic book "Good to Great", Jim Collins introduces the concept of change in your business being like a flywheel: Now picture a

5 Employee appreciation ideas you wish you thought of before

employee appreciation ideas

Buying gifts for employees is often more difficult that figuring out what to buy your in-laws for birthdays or the holidays. So how do you

6 ways business owners can clone themselves (without actually doing it)

clone

Every business owner who sets out to build a team really wants, not a team, but a CLONE. Cloning would effectively allow them to be in two

The business owner’s challenge: Building a top-notch team

building a team

Nothing accelerates growth like excellent team members. I'm not kidding. I've seen business owners struggle to grow their business for

5 Ugly truths about running your own business

ugly truths about running your own business

Most business owners have on rose-tinted glasses when they first start out. There’s nothing wrong with that—it happens to all of us. We’ve

The best mistake I’ve ever made

worst business decisions

In 1998, I was working for a division of Duchossois Industries as an engineer working on new product development. I was occasionally invited

How to turn online connections into real world sales

make sales

If you've been following along with our blog posts, or if you listen to our podcast you know that we are big fans of social media and online

How to respond to random LinkedIn requests

responding to linkedin requests

If you are active on LinkedIn, your chances of "getting found" increase. You will get more inbound contacts from prospects, job seekers,

5 reasons why your small business needs a strong sales pipeline

sales pipeline

We all want to have a strong sales pipeline, right? Who wouldn't want to have a consistent flow of prospects interested in engaging their