In a crowded marketplace, where traditional products and services continue to be commoditized, the ability to innovate has never been more important. Making your organization stand out by offering something truly innovative can be the difference between success and failure.
That’s why Smart Business is honored once again to recognize a group of savvy innovators — Rising Stars, Visionaries and Master Innovators — who understand how to effectively separate themselves from the competition.
This year’s honorees represent manufacturing, software and technology, retailing, as well as two business incubators. Each of them has approached the marketplace differently and has the results to prove it.
We are just as elated to feature a dynamic panel discussion with three entrepreneurs who define innovation at its greatest. Each has shepherded the development, promotion or support of breakthrough technologies.
- Steve Potash, president and CEO, Overdrive, has helped revolutionize the digital book industry, specifically the ability to check digital books out of libraries.
- Dan T. Moore, president, The Dan T. Moore Cos., continues to innovate with each of his properties, including helmet pad systems for the U.S. military through Team Wendy.
- Todd Goldstein, partner and CEO, Shaker LaunchHouse, leads one of the new breeds of start-up incubators that are helping to foster regional entrepreneurship.
Congratulations to the honorees, and we hope you join us Sept. 20th at the 2012 Innovation in Business Conference.
Innovation in Business Conference
Join Smart Business for the14th annual Innovation in Business Conference, which will focus on breakthrough innovation and how to achieve it.
Date: September 20, 2012
Venue: LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility
25777 Detroit Road / Westlake, OH 44145
Cost: $30/ticket or $250 for a table of 10
5:00 p.m. Doors Open for Networking & Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Honoree Recognition & Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m. Dessert
Business leaders from organizations that have been in existence five or fewer years with innovative approaches to a business process, idea, product or service.
CEO / Partner
Design Flux Technologies, LLC
Babies Travel Too
Business leaders and organizations that have demonstrated a history of innovative ideas throughout their careers or business lifespans, or have developed cutting-edge processes or products.
President & Owner
Hy-Tech Products/ Industrial Heat Sources
Madison Electric Products
Business leaders or organizations with sustained success and a history of innovation, as well as in excess of $50 million a year in annual revenue.
Scott Forster & Eric Lofquist
Co-owner, President & CEO;
Co-owner, VP & COO
Magnus International Group
Seth Mason & David Sterio
Energy Manager and the
Superintendent of Maintenance;
Manager, Engineering & Building Services