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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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How businesses can improve their chances of getting a loan

Financing a business takes research, preparation and patience. No matter how small or large a business is, when meeting with a bank to secure a loan, business owners should be able to present plans, strategies and goals as clearly as possible, says Northwest Bank's Cheryl Madsen.

Ohio’s budget brings changes to businesses in and out of the state

With Ohio’s new budget come pro-business changes that aim to simplify tax filing and draw in revenue from out-of-state sellers that have in many ways eluded sales tax collection, says Skoda Minotti's Mary Jo Dolson.

How the design of your space can impact the bottom line

Companies like Google, Pandora and Apple sport colorful, hip headquarters that capture who they are and what they do. Now more than ever, business owners of companies of all sizes and sectors are grappling with the changing workplace, says Bialosky Cleveland's Tracy Sciano Vajskop.

Companies must hone their interview process to land the best candidates

Some employers have a very effective interviewing process and are adept at identifying the best candidates for open positions. Others, however, struggle. The problem most organizations have is a lack of structure and coordination in their interview process, says Paul Brown, a branch manager at Nesco Resource.

Common areas of commercial leases that cost tenants money

There is no such thing as a standard commercial lease. Still, many tenants are content to sign one without much consideration for its provisions and what it means in terms of their responsibilities, says McCarthy Lebit's Andrew Perry, Esq.