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2018 Smart Culture Awards

Culture is the essence and lifeblood of an organization. Culture establishes the energy within an organization and heavily influences the happiness, success and connection employees experience.

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2018 Smart Culture Awards

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JumpStart Inc.JumpStart drives Cleveland’s innovation economy to new heights

It was 2000, and Ray Leach had built an impressive resume — starting two companies, which he sold, then creating two more companies, all in the technology space. He was 34 years old and he was at a crossroads. Things were about to change in a big way.

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2018 Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing

This year’s Evolution of Manufacturing winners have made their mark on manufacturing and have specifically chosen Northeast Ohio as their place to make the magic happen. Check out this year's honorees.

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2018 Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing

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Invacare Corp.Matthew E. Monaghan is pushing the envelope of what’s possible at Invacare

The act of walking up to a door and pulling it open is something most people do many times every day without even thinking about it. For those in a wheelchair, however, it’s considerably more difficult.

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Proposal impacts real estate industry

Ohio legislation has been proposed to close the “LLC Loophole” to make real estate transfer taxes also apply to indirect transfers. Tony Constantine, tax partner at Ciuni & Panichi, Inc., discusses what the bill could mean.

Ohio’s financial sector is the state’s quiet giant

From an outside perspective, there is little awareness of the size and strength of Ohio’s financial sector. However, once a conversation begins regarding the organizations that have chosen to headquarter here, Terry Gore, director of financial services at JobsOhio, says people are surprised.

How quality lighting design can transform your space

When it comes to lighting, there’s the good, bad and the ugly. It can be difficult to feel the difference unless there’s a side-by-side comparison, says Sean Keenan, associate principal and chief electrical engineer at Bialosky Cleveland.

Have the right team in place before you buy to improve the chance for success

Having a qualified deal team is crucial to the success of a commercial property transaction. The combination of a commercial real estate lawyer, commercial realtor, accountant and mortgage broker helps the buyer with negotiate the best terms for the deal, says McCarthy Lebit's Danielle G. Garson.

Add dollars to a deal with the right captive insurance structure

From a high level, captive insurance programs offer companies flexibility to manage their unique risks. Captives can also bring value to companies, and wealth to owners and stakeholders, but too often these opportunities aren’t recognized, says Imprise Financial's Andrew Seger.