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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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ASPIRE 2017 – Entrepreneurial pathways

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ASPIRE 2017 – Steven J. Demetriou

Over the years, Steven J. Demetriou has spent time in a wide range of industries, but he’s always approached leadership with the same philosophy.

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ASPIRE 2017 – Steven J. Demetriou

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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 – Edward F. Crawford

Insights

How quality lighting design can transform your space

When it comes to lighting, there’s the good, bad and the ugly. It can be difficult to feel the difference unless there’s a side-by-side comparison, says Sean Keenan, associate principal and chief electrical engineer at Bialosky Cleveland.

Have the right team in place before you buy to improve the chance for success

Having a qualified deal team is crucial to the success of a commercial property transaction. The combination of a commercial real estate lawyer, commercial realtor, accountant and mortgage broker helps the buyer with negotiate the best terms for the deal, says McCarthy Lebit's Danielle G. Garson.

Add dollars to a deal with the right captive insurance structure

From a high level, captive insurance programs offer companies flexibility to manage their unique risks. Captives can also bring value to companies, and wealth to owners and stakeholders, but too often these opportunities aren’t recognized, says Imprise Financial's Andrew Seger.

Postmortem event meetings are a last chance to fix future mistakes

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then any event planner that doesn’t do a postmortem after an event is crazy.Postmortems are an essential way to correct mistakes and make process improvements, says Ryan A. Konikoff, COO at Rock The House.

Important considerations when applying for an SBA loan

If you’re a small business owner, you may have questions about the best type of loan for your needs. Whether you’re just getting started or have been in business for years, you may be able to benefit from an SBA loan, says Northwest Bank's Kirk Jacobson.