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2021 Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing

2021 Smart Business Evolution in Manufacturing Awards honor innovative Northeast Ohio manufacturers.

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Jive Software Inc.Elisa Steele helps customers maximize technology without losing the personal touch

It was at a neighborhood ice cream parlor that Elisa Steele first discovered the power of a great customer experience. As she moved into her professional career, that passion to delight customers only burned brighter.

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OSIsoftBy putting customer needs first, Jenny Linton has OSIsoft poised for great things

The goal at OSIsoft has never been to grow. It's to serve customers and grow as a result of that good work. As Jenny Linton looks to the future, she sees a great opportunity to work with her team to change the world - and grow.

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ZooskKelly Steckelberg has fallen in love with creating opportunity at Zoosk

Kelly Steckelberg doesn’t sit in an office at Zoosk. She’s out on the floor with her team and that’s just the way she likes it.

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How to identify the right banking partner for your technology company

Since 2009, there has been significant growth in the number of new technology companies as a result of an increased amount of capital available to entrepreneurs through venture capital, growth equity and corporate investment. Technological advances have made it easier for companies to create and scale their businesses, and has contributed to the amount of […]

To match private equity firms and executives, block out the noise

Private equity firms are seemingly always on the lookout for high-quality C-level executives, more so than most organizations because they have multiple companies in their portfolios all seeking to find ways to grow or transform. As a result, when private equity firms acquire companies, they tend to change a significant portion of the management team. […]

Why good times are the best time to get a line of credit for your business

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a business owner is to put off securing a line of credit. Sales are growing, product is flying off the shelves and business couldn’t be better. It may not seem like it, but it’s actually an ideal scenario to sit down with your bank and discuss […]

Culture, employee experience and how HR is (re)defining them

The Human Resources function is changing. As the talent landscape shifts and millennials come to define the workforce, the traditional tenants of HR are adapting to this generation’s imperatives. Bryan Buck takes a look at the changing role of HR and how it shapes hiring efficacy, culture and engagement.

Venture debt can be a good option to fund medical device technology

Venture debt has long been a favored source of non-dilutive capital amongst life science companies, particularly medical device companies. Why? Venture capital investing in medical devices and diagnostics has traditionally lagged biotech by more than half, says Justin McDonie, senior vice president and managing director at Bridge Bank. See how the lack of venture capital dollars for medical device companies creates opportunities for venture debt to augment venture capital dollars to fund medical device technologies.

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