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

This year’s Smart 50 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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TalentLaunchM&A will play key role in Aaron Grossman’s drive to $1B at TalentLaunch

Aaron Grossman is on an ambitious quest at TalentLaunch. He's using his considerable entrepreneurial and dealmaking skills to use to help his company achieve its full potential.

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Petitti Garden CentersAJ Petitti has Petitti Garden Centers poised for another big year

Spring has sprung and AJ Petitti can't wait to get going on another growing season in Northeast Ohio. Petitti Garden Centers is an iconic company built on the bonds of family and great customer service.

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Smart Culture AwardsGreat culture: The foundation of your success

Culture is arguably the biggest marketing tool for enticing candidates to join your business. It also happens to be fundamental to business success.

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How to sharpen your networking skills to add business value

Those who thrive in today’s business climate find ways to take advantage of possibilities for organizational innovation and competitive advantages, while mitigating the surrounding risk, says Hylant's Kim Riley.

What to consider ahead of the sale of a closely held business

There is an emotional bridge business owners need to cross as they consider selling their company, says Joshua G. Berggrun, an associate attorney at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA. 

Consider an apprenticeship program to fill your talent pipeline

Apprenticeships are getting another look to bridge the gap between the education America's students receive and the market demands for skilled labor, says Starr Sherman, manager of Tri-C's Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence.

Is your retirement plan leveraging an expert advisor?

In today's market, having an elite retirement plan advisor at your side is increasingly important for employers. Steve Wilt of CAPTRUST shares why.

Why it’s important for your bank to know your succession plans

Succession plans show a bank that a business owner is focused on the company’s future and is taking steps to ensure that if something happens, the business can succeed without him or her at the helm, says First Federal Lakewood's Kurt Kappa.