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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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ASPIRE 2017 – Entrepreneurial pathways

Every entrepreneur takes a different path to achieve success, but they all share some common traits: confidence, a willingness to take risks and the ability to see a need that other people didn’t even realize existed.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Entrepreneurial pathways

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ASPIRE 2017 – Steven J. Demetriou

Over the years, Steven J. Demetriou has spent time in a wide range of industries, but he’s always approached leadership with the same philosophy.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Steven J. Demetriou

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ASPIRE 2017 – Edward F. Crawford

Edward F. Crawford was a young man working his way through school in the early 1960s when he first put his entrepreneurial skills to the test.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Edward F. Crawford

Insights

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.

A look at the advantages of outsourcing your HR services

When companies choose to outsource their HR services, they create opportunities to focus more intently on issues that matter to employees, says Cheryl Cooper Perez, President and Director of Sales at Benefit Innovations Group.

Why you can’t afford to wait to address concerns with your bank

Time is valuable, so you want to maximize the value of each task on your calendar. This includes external relationships that your company has with partners like your accountant, your legal counsel or your bank. If you feel like you’re doing too much of the heavy lifting to keep your financials in order and not getting enough support from your bank, it’s time to assess the relationship and perhaps even consider making a change, says Northwest Bank's Patrick Paoletta.

Staffing firms help focus your search for job candidates

Nick Bailey, Area Manager at Nesco Resource, explains how to manage, not lower your expectations, and get on the path to filling your company’s personnel needs.

Let an owner representative guide your commercial real estate project

Skoda Minotti's Dale Bradford explains the benefits of working with owner representatives and defines their role in commercial real estate deals.