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The Pittsburgh Smart 50 help spark the region’s business success and strength

Smart Business presents the Chase Smart 50 Awards to celebrate and recognize Pittsburgh’s top executives for their ability to effectively build and lead innovative and “smart” organizations.

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A recipe for expansionBill Sarris manages growth at Sarris Candies with a dollop of old-fashioned values

For more than 50 years with various additions, Sarris Candies has grown from Founder Frank Sarris’ basement into a $45 million company with 500 employees, during peak season.

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CATALYST FOR CHANGEThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Kevin McMahon stay nimble to stretch resources

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and J. Kevin McMahon are in the business of doing things — but unlike other arts and cultural organizations, it goes far beyond booking shows, creating events or opening galleries.

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Sheetz Inc.Joe Sheetz steps in to lead Sheetz, where the line between family and employees...

Since he took over as president and CEO last year from his cousin, Joe Sheetz is doing his best to follow in the footsteps of the company’s three former CEOs who are all still part of the family ownership group.

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Insights

Is it time to integrate your multibank model for the cross-border challenge?

Local banks are often the smart choice for younger businesses, but taking the time to re-evaluate the benefits of a more consolidated banking structure can be overlooked as businesses mature. In particular, companies that do business overseas and work within a decentralized, multibank model can have very little insight into their overseas treasury operations.

How office relocation and redesign is made easier with a design firm

A commercial interior design firm works to help companies find a space that’s an effective setting for their operational and aesthetic needs, and tailors its services to best suit specific client goals.

How lifestyle medicine gets to the root of disease to improve health

Significant and growing scientific evidence shows that the primary determinant of health or disease is not genetics, but lifestyle. In recognition of this connection, a relatively new style of treatment, known as lifestyle medicine, is increasingly being seen as an alternative to traditional treatments used on chronic diseases.

How to build, and be a part of, a powerful nonprofit board of directors

The Pittsburgh region is nonprofit rich, which helps make the area a special place to live and raise a family. But it also makes it incredibly competitive for funding, which means nonprofits need to build powerful boards of directors who can help advance the mission of the organization and ensure its perpetuity.

Weighing the available options for business succession planning

It’s never too early to start thinking about your ownership-transition strategy, regardless of where your business is in its life cycle. Here's an overview of some of the choices, in order to help you consider all the options you can pursue.