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2018 Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing

This year’s Evolution of Manufacturing winners have made their mark on manufacturing and have specifically chosen Northeast Ohio as their place to make the magic happen. Check out this year's honorees.

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2018 Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing

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In safe handsPam Petrow and Vector Security adapt to new technology

Technology has created a new dynamic in many businesses, and Vector Security is no exception. Pam Petrow shares how the company has adapted.

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Pam Petrow and Vector Security adapt to new technology

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Eagle Family Foods Group LLCPaul Smucker Wagstaff spreads his wings with Eagle Foods

Paul Smucker Wagstaff spent most of his career with The J.M. Smucker Co., working his way up the hierarchical ladder, on his way to one day lead the multi-billion dollar international food company. Then he quit.

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Power brokerAlex Shumate thrives by working with others to help Columbus grow

Whether he’s leading the Squire Patton Boggs’ Columbus office or The Ohio State University's board of trustees, Alex Shumate strives for action, growth and innovation. And he is eager to get others involved in his work.

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How culture affects performance in an increasingly competitive market

Culture is the base upon which everything else in a company is built. And like a building’s foundation or a tree’s roots, Westfield Bank's Jon Park says it needs to be strong to support all that’s built and grown on top of it.

Ohio’s financial sector is the state’s quiet giant

From an outside perspective, there is little awareness of the size and strength of Ohio’s financial sector. However, once a conversation begins regarding the organizations that have chosen to headquarter here, Terry Gore, director of financial services at JobsOhio, says people are surprised.

How quality lighting design can transform your space

When it comes to lighting, there’s the good, bad and the ugly. It can be difficult to feel the difference unless there’s a side-by-side comparison, says Sean Keenan, associate principal and chief electrical engineer at Bialosky Cleveland.

Have the right team in place before you buy to improve the chance for success

Having a qualified deal team is crucial to the success of a commercial property transaction. The combination of a commercial real estate lawyer, commercial realtor, accountant and mortgage broker helps the buyer with negotiate the best terms for the deal, says McCarthy Lebit's Danielle G. Garson.

Add dollars to a deal with the right captive insurance structure

From a high level, captive insurance programs offer companies flexibility to manage their unique risks. Captives can also bring value to companies, and wealth to owners and stakeholders, but too often these opportunities aren’t recognized, says Imprise Financial's Andrew Seger.