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Wising upJack Ouellette shares leadership lessons from the military and American Textile

When Jack Ouellette, chairman of American Textile, looks back to his days in the military, he sees a few leadership lessons that were true then, and even more so now that he’s seen them applied again and again in business.

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Strengthening the regionPresenting the leaders of the smartest companies in Pittsburgh for 2015

Congratulations to Pittsburgh’s Smart 50 for strengthening the region, contributing to its economic success

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Work smarterBill Tomko III lets growth come to him, as W.G. Tomko diversifies into new areas

If you’d asked Bill Tomko III his No. 1 business priority 10 years ago, he’d have said growth. Today, he wants W.G. Tomko to be as profitable and as good as it can be.

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Bill Polacek sparks change by creating opportunity at JWF Industries

If you want to predict the future, the best way to do that is to create it. In order to overcome challenges at JWF Industries, Bill Polacek gets creative and makes his employees part of the solution.

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Selecting the right wellness vendor takes careful study

Over the past 20 years, the popularity of wellness programs has intensified, especially as health care costs have risen. But not all wellness programs are created equal. Choosing the one that best suits a specific company can be a challenge. UPMC Health Plan's Stephen T. Doyle discusses what to look for in a wellness program.

Buying equipment isn’t always the best answer. Consider these options.

Too many times how a company finances equipment is the last decision made. But it shouldn’t be. Huntington Bank's Jim Altman says often companies see they have a lot of unencumbered money on their balance sheet and decide they’ll use it to buy equipment outright, rather than financing a purchase.

Businesses will see nearly half a penny per kilowatt-hour increase this month

Most electricity users that entered into contracts before September 2015 will see an increase up to half a penny per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on their July bill. That can mean tens of thousands of dollars in additional charges to large users and have significant impact on any operating budget. “Every million kilowatt hours will cost around […]

With contracts, know what you’re agreeing to before you sign

Typically there’s conflict between obtaining business (sales) and managing risk. Instead, of having your sales force promising anything and everything to get a deal, Arthur J. Gallagher's Alan Pepoy shares how to minimize contract risk before it significantly affects your bottom line.

Friend or foe? Employers struggle to find the FMLA answer

The Family and Medical Leave Act took effect to help balance workplace demands with the medical needs of employees and their families, but many employers feel powerless to stop FMLA abuse. Douglas Fleisner of JRG Advisors discusses solutions for the concerns employers have about the FMLA.