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2017 Family Business Achievement Awards

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is pleased to return as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 Smart Business Family Business Conference. Check out what these great family businesses across Northeast Ohio have been able to achieve.

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2017 Family Business Achievement Awards

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Class of 2017Central Ohio’s Smart 50 Awards celebrate area’s top executives

This year’s Smart 50 class is a diverse group of executives leading a wide range of organizations, but they all share one common trait: passion. Meet the 2017 Smart 50 honorees.

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Lubrizol Corp.Lubrizol uses chemistry to change the world. Eric R. Schnur wants to take that to...

Lubrizol had taken a big step forward in addressing its need to be more diverse. The next step would be to improve execution and accountability.

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Lubrizol uses chemistry to change the world. Eric R....

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The Belden Brick Co.Steady leadership helps The Belden Brick Co. to 133 years in business

Since its inception 133 years ago, the Belden Brick Co. has survived massive fluctuations in market conditions that have reshaped the competitive landscape.

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Culture is key to creating a destination workplace

How employers can improve their culture and employee engagement to start competing as a destination employer.

How to establish a system to mitigate hospital-acquired infections

Chris Dube, president of Sentact, talks about hospital-acquired infections and creating a system to address them.

Succession planning is just one piece of the talent development whole

When business owners connect succession planning with their recruiting, training and talent development initiatives, then the organization can consider itself truly prepared for the next chapter.

Stronger relationships are often the pathway to better customer service

Employees who approach their work with confidence are more likely to bring the same positive energy to their interactions with customers, says Kurt Kappa, Senior Vice President, Market Leader, Cuyahoga County, at Westfield Bank.

How companies should handle media attention amid criminal allegations

When companies become tied to a criminal investigation, whether or not it or its employees have actually committed a crime, it can be on trial in both the criminal court and the court of public opinion. Even if a company that becomes embroiled in a criminal case is eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, it can still lose in the court of public opinion and be driven out of business, says McCarthy Lebit's Rob Glickman.