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2018 Corporate College Smart 50 Awards

All of 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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2018 Corporate College Smart 50 Awards

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RPM Inc.RPM’s Frank Sullivan builds on his father’s legacy with more than 100...

The most important dealmaking lessons Frank C. Sullivan has learned in his career have come from his father, Thomas, who was involved in more than 100 transactions during his career at RPM International Inc. Through all the years, dealmaking has been an integral part of the company’s growth strategy.

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RPM’s Frank Sullivan builds on his father’s legacy...

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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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Open dialogue, respect are key to working well with municipalities

Municipal leaders must evaluate a number of factors when faced with a company pursuing a development project within their borders, says Charles A. Nemer, a Principal at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman. Business leaders who are willing to work with the community to address these details in a constructive fashion demonstrate a level of respect that can often help it move forward more quickly.

Questions for business owners to consider when estate planning

“Regardless of whether the owner decides to maintain the business or sell it and divide the profits, the time to consider and lay plans is early on,” says McCarthy Lebit's Kimon P. Karas.

How to cost-effectively navigate the tightening logistics market

The logistics industry is being affected by two divergent trends: a driver shortage and growth in the U.S. economy. The confluence of factors has greatly reduced capacity, leaving shippers with the uncomfortable choice to either take an expensive option or to have their materials sit, says AMWARE's Matthew Fink.

How a long-term relationship with a banker facilitates business longevity

Among the keys to business longevity is getting good, sound advice. While there are many sources of advice, having a trusted banker for guidance is a benefit to any company, says Westfield Bank's Matthew Berthold.

The art and science of determining a business’s worth

For many business owners, approximately 40 to 60 percent of their net worth is their company. Given the impact a business transition will have on their future, the business owner needs to be aware of the business’s value to eliminate any unwanted surprises, says Barnes Wendling CPAs' Rob Zunich.