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2018 Corporate College Smart 50 Awards

All of this year’s Smart 50 honorees have made a difference in their organizations and in the region. Their positive impact on employment has reinvented the Northeast Ohio landscape into one of the most up-and-coming business regions in the country.

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2018 Corporate College Smart 50 Awards

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American Textile Co. develops new products, grows to new heights

In its 92 years, American Textile Co. hasn’t made a single acquisition. The third generation of this family business, Lance and Blake Ruttenberg, explain how this organic growth has come through product development and innovation.

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RPM Inc.RPM’s Frank Sullivan builds on his father’s legacy with more than 100...

The most important dealmaking lessons Frank C. Sullivan has learned in his career have come from his father, Thomas, who was involved in more than 100 transactions during his career at RPM International Inc. Through all the years, dealmaking has been an integral part of the company’s growth strategy.

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Solid footingRocky Brands focuses on core business under Jason Brooks’ leadership

As the dust settles on the Rocky Brands corporate management shake-up, the company has renewed focus and a fourth-generation Brooks at the helm.

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How to configure key performance indicators around a business strategy

Strategy is a struggle for every company, but it’s critical for success. Richwood Bank President and CEO Chad Hoffman shares advice for setting up a strategic plan with the right key performance indicators.

Ohio’s health care industry benefits from the state’s many strengths

Ohio’s health care industry is fortunate to have excellent research arms associated with its nationally accredited medical centers. JobsOhio's Aaron Pitts discusses the advantages of Ohio’s strong health care and bioscience industry.

When to get a business valuation or a calculation of value

Business owners who've had their businesses value may remember providing a lot of information for a long and expensive report containing only a few pages of relevant information. Bob Evans of Clarus Partners discusses business valuations and calculations of value.

The deficiencies of online legal services

Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg & Torchia's Lisa A. Shearman looks into the tradeoffs of producing legal documents through a website instead of an attorney.

Financing is a central, but not exclusive function of a bank

Westfield's Matt Sprang talks about the benefits to entrepreneurs of having a relationship with their bank throughout the many iterations and stages of their businesses.