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Northeast Ohio’s 2017 Smart 50 Awards celebrate area’s top executives

This year’s 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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The chief ingredientsWhite Castle balances seasoned success with fresh ideas

Beef consumption is declining. So, what does that mean for White Castle System Inc., the king of the slider? Find out from new CEO Lisa Ingram.

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#1 Cochran evolves to customer expectations, pushing others to follow suit

#1 Cochran, considered the automotive retail leader in Western Pennsylvania, stays true to its culture of innovation as the industry changes.

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Commit to growthParagon Foods invests in its people for the well-being of all

Paragon Food's Elaine Bellin has invested in her people. It was her greatest challenge and also her greatest opportunity to encourage Paragon’s growth.

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Add maternity management to help cut costs and raise productivity

Integrating a maternity management program into a health plan is a win-win for moms-to-be and employers. HealthLink's Judy Dawson discusses the benefits of maternity management.

Treatment of inside salespeople under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Why inside salespeople are commonly misclassified as exempt and the consequences of failing to pay overtime to non-exempt employees. Insight from Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia Member Michael B. Dubin.

SBA loans can be a smart alternative for a new, growing business

When you’re a small business owner looking for a loan, you may have questions about where to start. If this is the first time trying to secure a loan for your business, you may want to consider going after a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for your business, says Northwest Bank's William Dickson Jr.

Why a strategic approach is needed to lure superstar executives

When companies seek to strengthen their executive teams by luring premier talent from outside the organization, they need to offer potential recruits a compelling reason to make a change, says Tyler A. Ridgeway, Director, Human Capital Resources at Kreischer Miller.

It’s never too early to begin crafting your business succession plan

Succession planning can be a difficult task for business owners whose sole focus has always been the growth of the company, says Steven P. Larson, an attorney with McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman. However, taking steps to secure your company’s future is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your employees following your departure.