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ASPIRE 2017 – Edward F. Crawford

Edward F. Crawford was a young man working his way through school in the early 1960s when he first put his entrepreneurial skills to the test.

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ASPIRE 2017 – William E. Conway

Relationships are a key component in any line of work, but perhaps even more so when you’re the head of a business, says William E. Conway.

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Smart Women: How women leaders are setting the pace in business

Presenting the 2017 Northeast Ohio Smart Women Award winners and panelists who will be featured at this year's Smart Women Breakfast on April 20.

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Talent Driven2017 Smart Culture Awards

These 28 Northeast Ohio Smart Culture honorees have the sustainable advantage of cultures that deliver results that impact their bottom line.

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Insights

Employers must make a compelling case to land IT talent

Supply and demand stands out as the biggest challenge that companies face in securing talent that is capable of working on their IT systems, says Grant A. Derner, executive vice president at Nesco Resource. A recent report drafted by Nesco found that while there are 33,000 candidates in the IT workforce in the Cleveland area and more than 2,700 open jobs in the sector, there are only 18 candidates per job.

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.

How to determine if a family office is right for your needs

Family offices combine the expertise of financial, accounting and legal professionals all under one roof. However, the term “family office” is sometimes a confusing phrase that needs further clarity and understanding. Each family office has myriad services it can offer a family, and there are two different types of family offices: single-family offices and multi-family offices, says Floyd A. Trouten III, CPA, a Director at Barnes Wendling CPAs.

Leaders must be ready to disrupt in order to remain competitive

Entrepreneurial spirit can inspire a company to pursue tremendous creativity and innovation, so long as that company has a leader who is firmly behind those lofty endeavors, says Kurt Kappa, Senior Vice President and Market Leader, Cuyahoga County at Westfield Bank.

It’s never too early to begin crafting your business succession plan

Succession planning can be a difficult task for business owners whose sole focus has always been the growth of the company, says Steven P. Larson, an attorney with McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman. However, taking steps to secure your company’s future is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your employees following your departure.