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2017 Business Longevity Awards

This year’s Business Longevity Award honorees are proof that hard work and a commitment to excellence can pay off. These 44 companies were built on timeless values and principles that set the stage for generations of economic achievement.

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2017 Business Longevity Awards

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Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Northeast Ohio

An entrepreneur is someone who bounds into the unknown, creating the future. They are visionaries who launch and reimagine businesses, employ millions and endow their communities, leaving legacies of accomplishment and enrichment.

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Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Northeast Ohio

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Northeast Ohio’s 2017 Smart 50 Awards celebrate area’s top executives

This year’s 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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ASPIRE 2017 – Entrepreneurial pathways

Every entrepreneur takes a different path to achieve success, but they all share some common traits: confidence, a willingness to take risks and the ability to see a need that other people didn’t even realize existed.

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Insights

Stay on top of benefit compliance or face escalating fines

It’s common that employers aren’t sure whether their benefit plans are complying with all the applicable laws. It’s not necessarily the plan design, deductible or what’s covered that’s the issue, says Cheryl Cooper Perez, president of Benefit Innovations Group.

How to send a strong message through events

Whether the purpose of an event is to strengthen the company brand or deliver a message from the internal team, every detail of the event must be handled with care. The signage, décor, centerpieces, handouts and every other element of the event is a reflection of the company’s ability and reinforces its approach to business, says Rock The House's Matt Radicelli.

How to determine if a captive program is right for your company

Any company with good cash flow that’s looking to reduce its insurance costs should explore a captive insurance program. These programs can cover all the same risks as a traditional insurance program — workers’ compensation, automotive, employee benefits, etc. — while offering an opportunity to customize coverage, says Imprise Financial's Andrew Seger.

How businesses can improve their chances of getting a loan

Financing a business takes research, preparation and patience. No matter how small or large a business is, when meeting with a bank to secure a loan, business owners should be able to present plans, strategies and goals as clearly as possible, says Northwest Bank's Cheryl Madsen.

Ohio’s budget brings changes to businesses in and out of the state

With Ohio’s new budget come pro-business changes that aim to simplify tax filing and draw in revenue from out-of-state sellers that have in many ways eluded sales tax collection, says Skoda Minotti's Mary Jo Dolson.