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84 Lumber84 Lumber, Nemacolin founder Joe Hardy stays curious, engaged and always puts people...

Joseph “Joe” Hardy, founder of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, isn’t a fan of slowing down at age 91, although his daughter holds the reins now.

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Jelly Belly Candy Co.Bob Simpson ensures Jelly Belly always does right by its product line

The Jelly Belly Candy Co.’s roots go back to Gustav Goelitz opening a candy business in 1869 in Belleville, Illinois — but the introduction of the company’s namesake candy in 1976 was what really put the business on the map. Today the beans represent 85 percent of sales, according to President and COO Bob Simpson.

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Howard Hanna Real Estate ServicesCustomer-centric / ‘Hoby’ Hanna looks for core values when Howard Hanna Real...

When Howard Hanna Real Estate Services acquired Realty One in 2008 it was a deal that made Howard Hanna the fourth largest real estate company in the nation — and it also presented some daunting tasks.

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Gogo Inc.Michael Small is focused on making Gogo the name you know for in-flight connectivity

The first day as a publicly owned company was a rough one for Michael Small and Gogo Inc. See how Small kept his cool and positioned Gogo for success.

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Prospective billing implementation impacts key dates for Ohio employers

Prospective billing could impact an employer’s coverage status or alternative rating program eligibility, costing them potential savings.

How to achieve growth much easier by absorbing these valuable tips

When it comes to growing a business, whether strategically or organically, the better informed and prepared a company is, the better its chances for success. But how to become better informed and prepared may be a mystery to some companies. “There are a number of business incentives out there that a lot of companies don’t […]
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Mentorships, upskilling may offer hope in manufacturing labor shortage

After enduring a protracted downturn and shedding 5.7 million jobs, 33 percent of their workforce, American manufacturers are leaving money on the table — and it’s ironic that a labor shortage would force them to do that.

How to find alternative sources to finance your real estate venture

There are myriad programs available to commercial and industrial real estate users that provide low cost capital and incentives for new investment. In addition to conventional financing, there are nontraditional sources of financing, tax deferral and tax mitigation strategies that can stretch your equity dollar. Smart Business spoke with Bob Brehmer, CCIM, SIOR, principal at NAI Daus, […]

How to help your employees be smart health care consumers 

Think of planning a family vacation — you spend weeks determining where you want to go, and how much you can afford to spend. You ask your friends and family for advice. You read reviews. You look for the best deals and compare prices. And then, once you’re armed with that information, you make a […]