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Cascade Capital Corporation 2016 BUSINESS GROWTH AWARDS

Smart Business proudly presents this year's class of honorees for the Cascade Capital Corp. Business Growth Awards, recognizing companies in the Akron-Canton region that have established an enduring standard of excellence.

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Central Ohio’s Smart 50 Awards celebrate area’s top executives

The men and women who comprise this year’s Smart 50 class may be different, but they all share one common trait: passion. Meet them here.

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Lorain County Community CollegeHow Roy Church transformed LCCC for generations to come

It was music to his ears when Roy A. Church, Ed.D., heard that a community college in Ohio wanted a president — particularly one who could help make the institution more dynamic and more embedded in the fiber of the community.

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Change the boxEat’n Park catches guests’ attention with a shinier, more convenient package

Eat’n Park noticed some dips in its sales numbers about five years ago. It wasn’t dramatic, but it was noticeable, says President and CEO Jeff Broadhurst. Learn how the 67-year-old brand stays relevant.

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HR departments can play a key role in building a strong culture

Nesco Resource's Meredith J. Guyot explains how to build trust between management and employees in your company.

How to structure your company retirement plan for long-term success

Your small or midsized business is unique, with unique challenges and needs. So why would you incorporate an “off-the-shelf” or “401(k) in a box” retirement plan, and expect to get results? Fragasso Financial Advisors' Robert Yelenovsky shares how to set up a retirement program that contributes to your long-term success.

The four Cs of employee benefits every business should follow

In today’s world of employee benefits an employer needs to evaluate the level and expertise of service when it comes to risk management, creative solutions, consulting and compliance. Michael Galardini of JRG Advisors discusses the most progressive ways to develop and manage your employee benefits.

New uncertainties for Pittsburgh’s rebounding energy companies

As the energy industry rebounds, businesses will encounter a wide range of complicated legal issues. Matt A. Jarrell and LuAnn Datesh of Sherrard, German & Kelly P.C. talk legal obstacles that could impede growth if ignored.

Telehealth: What’s in it for employers and employees

Various forms of telehealth — whereby patients access medical care remotely using telecommunications technology — have been around for years. But these days its popularity is accelerating exponentially. UPMC Health Plan's Kim Jacobs explains why employers need to take note.