As the official 7 Stage Business Advisors in South Africa, OpenCircle are proud to join Carl in celebrating his recent success in the American Business Awards.


CEO, Business Growth Strategist and Thought Leader on Entrepreneurship, Carl Gould is the winner of the Bronze Stevie® Award in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the 17th Annual American Business Awards®.  Gould accepted his award at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.    “I am honored to be considered in the same company as the top Business Leaders in the Professional Services space,” said Gould.

All organizations operating in the U.S.A. – large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit – are eligible to submit nominations to the ABAs in a wide range of categories, honoring achievement in every aspect of work life, from customer service and management to public relations and product development.

“The nominations submitted for The 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding. The judges found the competition to be intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Carl Gould is a serial entrepreneur, best selling author and international speaker. Carl built three multi-million-dollar businesses by the age of 40, and has been at the forefront of the entrepreneurial community domestically and globally with his company 7 Stage Advisors. His coaching and consulting methodologies are in practice in over 35 countries. Carl is an award-winning coach and business mentor. He is a thought leader in the area of business growth at both the individual and organizational level and keeps his  intense daily work schedule with the day to day help of his administrative, marketing and public relations team. Gould said, “A business leader is only as good as his or her team. This award is recognition for all of the hard work my entire team has done over the past year and I am blessed to be able to receive this award on their behalf as well.”

The American Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. More than 3,800 nominations were reviewed in the judging process this year by more than 200 professionals, whose average scores determined the winners.

“This is an awesome recognition for our entire team and will only help to keep our momentum going!” said Kim Logson, a cash-flow management coach with 7 Stage Advisors.

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at

About 7 Stage Advisors

7 Stage Advisors is a coaching and consulting firm that addresses the growth needs of small to mid-market firms in a variety of ways. 7 Stage Advisors helps accelerate and sustain their clients growth by becoming an extension of their management team, and employing a proprietary methodology that has proven effective in 35 countries and on six continents.

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at