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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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Insights

How your products are delivered is a reflection upon you

Finding a logistics company that is capable of consistently executing and safely warehousing products requires due diligence.

Identify your intellectual property or risk losing it

Intellectual property (IP) protection is a critical task that enables companies to safeguard the hard work, expertise and ingenuity of their employees, says Kristen M. Hoover, a patent attorney at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman. But, to be effective, a plan must be crafted to fit the way an organization functions.

Don’t overlook the need for subcontractor agreements

It’s alarming how often subcontractor agreements are disregarded by companies that subcontract work to vendors, says Zito Insurance Agency's Nate Bell.

Four stages to entrepreneurial success

Research of privately held family businesses has revealed four phases of an entrepreneur’s business life cycle, says Barnes Wendling CPA's Jeffrey Neuman.

Low price doesn’t mean greatest savings with LTL shipping

When it comes to LTL shipping, companies are looking for the right carrier with the best transit times, rates and services, says AMWARE's Brad Mullins.