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Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Orange County

An entrepreneur is someone who bounds into the unknown, creating the future. When we first honored four forward-thinking entrepreneurs in […]

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Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Orange County

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Northeast Ohio’s 2017 Smart 50 Awards celebrate area’s top executives

This year’s honorees have made a difference in their organizations and in the region. Their positive impact on employment has reinvented the Northeast Ohio landscape into one of the most up-and-coming business regions in the country.

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The chief ingredientsWhite Castle balances seasoned success with fresh ideas

Beef consumption is declining. So, what does that mean for White Castle System Inc., the king of the slider? Find out from new CEO Lisa Ingram.

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#1 Cochran evolves to customer expectations, pushing others to follow suit

#1 Cochran, considered the automotive retail leader in Western Pennsylvania, stays true to its culture of innovation as the industry changes.

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A look into the best practices of the highest performing private companies

Mario O. Vicari has the opportunity to work with hundreds of private companies and he gets to see it all — from the very best performers to those that seem to constantly struggle and lots in between. Here are his thoughts on what it takes to be in that top tier of businesses.

Don’t stick your head in the sand. Transfer your risk

Business leaders tend to view risk transfer as an administrative burden. What they don’t realize is it reduces their overall cost of risk, says Zito Insurance's Chris Zito.

How your bank can help protect your financial future

It gets complicated when you try to manage your personal life and your business, says Kurt Kappa, Senior Vice President, Market Leader, Cuyahoga County, at Westfield Bank. Kappa shares some tips on how to do both more effectively.

Key aspects that impact what your business is worth

Having a formal valuation performed by a qualified valuation expert is something every business owner should consider, especially if they haven’t had one done in the past, says Steven J. Piatak, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, Senior Manager, Valuation Services and Fraud Prevention at Barnes Wendling CPAs.

How to breathe new life into abandoned retail spaces

The large physical structures that gave big box retailers their name are quickly becoming the white elephants of the real estate world, says Eliot Kijewski, Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield/CRESCO Real Estate. The big question is what do owners and communities do with these buildings, Kijewski says.