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2019 Pillar Award for Community ServiceUnited for our communities

The Pillar Award for Community Service was developed by Smart Business and Medical Mutual to honor businesses and individuals dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a better place to live.

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United for our communities

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Industrial Commercial Properties LLCChristopher S. Semarjian sees what others can’t

As the owner of Industrial Commercial Properties, Chris Semarjian has never viewed what he does as work. Real estate is his passion, enabling him to build a vast and lucrative portfolio of dynamic real estate assets.

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Christopher S. Semarjian sees what others can’t

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The Anderson-DuBose Co.Warren Anderson earned McDonald’s trust doing it his way

Being an entrepreneur was not Warren Anderson’s first choice as a career. But when he does something, he does it right, building The Anderson-DuBose Co. into a leader in the distribution industry.

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Warren Anderson earned McDonald’s trust doing it...

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All Pro Freight Systems Inc.Chris Haas always has an eye on what the customer needs

As one of seven children growing up in a blue-collar family in Lakewood, Chris Haas has always been well-acquainted with the value of a hard day’s work.

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Insights

Four reasons to bring production printing in-house

Consider bringing your marketing and sales printing in-house to provide control, reduce waste, allow on-demand printing and enable more targeted or customized marketing campaigns, says Lauren Hanna of Blue Technologies.

Cash management services should be a factor when selecting a bank

Businesses typically don’t jump arbitrarily from one bank to another. There’s usually a pain point, or a triggering event that causes them to look around, says ERIEBANK's Wesley Gillespie.

Don’t stick your head in the sand. Transfer your risk.

Transferring risk through the use of indemnity or hold harmless clauses in a contract is common for large corporations with attorneys on staff, but owners of small and midsize businesses need to spend time on this, too, says Zito Insurance Agency Inc.'s Chris Zito.

4 reasons why your technology isn’t working — and what to do about it

Business executives understand technology is critical for daily operations like communication and processing orders, which is why IT spending keeps growing. But many of those same executives don’t realize a meaningful return on their technology investment, say Clark Schaefer Hackett's Glenn Plunkett and Mat Jackson.

Capitalize on the tight real estate market before conditions change

Given the strength of the Northeast Ohio real estate market right now, there are compelling opportunities for landlords, says Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate's Eliot Kijewski.