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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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Nurses are in high demand. Here’s how to become one.

Vivian Yates, Ph.D., dean of the Division of Nursing Education at Cuyahoga Community College, discusses the nursing profession and what those interested in this career field must do to get their start.

How working with your bank can bring you closer to your goals

Michael Benson, Vice President/Akron Metro Manager at Consumers National Bank, discusses how companies can build a stronger partnership with their bank.

Inbound marketing techniques offer manufacturers an advantage

Chris Peer, owner and CEO of SyncShow, outlines global competition’s effect on manufacturing and how effective marketing is helping some companies get ahead.

Compliance issues as you near the 50-person mark, other growth stages

Colleen Bement, vice president of Business Development at PayBridge, talks about about how to be prepared for the compliance that your growth may trigger — whether it’s 50 employees or another threshold.

How the restaurant industry’s sales are stacking up

Adam Berebitsky, tax partner and co-leader of the National Restaurant Practice at BDO USA, LLP, discusses trends in the restaurant industry based on operating results of publicly traded restaurant companies.