Breaking through

This year’s Innovation in Business honorees demonstrate the ability to think big

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

Featured Panelists:
Todd Goldstein, CEO/Partner, LaunchHouse
Dan T. Moore III, President, Dan T. Moore Cos.
Steve Potash, President & CEO, OverDrive Inc.

Rising Stars

Business leaders from organizations that have been in existence five or fewer years with innovative approaches to a business process, idea, product or service.

Austen BioInnovation
Institute in Akron

Todd Goldstein
CEO / Partner

Courtney Gras
Design Flux Technologies, LLC

Alison Musser
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.

Jennifer Altstadt
Weatherchem Corp.

Matt Hlavin

Ken Paine
President & Owner
Hy-Tech Products/ Industrial Heat Sources

Brad Wiandt
Madison Electric Products

Master Innovators

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
Lincoln Electric

For more information and to register online click here, or contact Meredith Baldy at [email protected] or (440) 250-7023.