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Smart Women: Driving internal change through innovation

The Smart Women breakfast and awards will be Sept. 1. Check out the dynamic panelists who will discuss intrapreneurship, as well as the 19 award winners being honored for their achievements.

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NEP Group expands across the globe, building a worldwide network

Over three years, NEP Group Inc. has more than doubled in size, with greater than 50 percent of its business now outside the U.S. It hasn’t always been easy, but NEP stuck to an aggressive growth path to become a global business.

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The 2016 Business Longevity Awards

Reaching a milestone event, such as celebrating 50 years in operation, signifies you’ve accomplished something few others have. Hitting 75, 100 or even 150 years? That’s even more impressive. That’s why Smart Business has launched the inaugural Business Longevity Awards

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How Jim Ruhlin has The Ruhlin Co. poised for another 100 years of construction...

Jim Ruhlin Sr. didn’t grow up with a plan to one day become the president and CEO at The Ruhlin Co., a business started by his grandfather, John G. Ruhlin, back in 1915.

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How to identify the right banking partner for your technology company

Since 2009, there has been significant growth in the number of new technology companies as a result of an increased amount of capital available to entrepreneurs through venture capital, growth equity and corporate investment. Technological advances have made it easier for companies to create and scale their businesses, and has contributed to the amount of […]

How to ensure a smooth transition as your company automates its processes

Automation affords companies the opportunity to provide more efficient service to customers, but caution must be taken with the manner in which this efficiency is achieved, says Matthew Berthold, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Westfield Bank.

USDA lending can provide a boost to your rural project

Many employers don’t realize the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a guarantee loan program for rural projects. Learn more about the USDA Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program from Romona Davis, of Ridgestone Bank (soon to be Byline Bank).

Myths about self-funded health plans

An estimated 61 percent of U.S. companies self-fund at least a portion of their health plan, as more and more employers are willing to explore alternative-funded solutions to provide quality health benefits to their employees. HealthLink's Susan French discusses what employers really need to know about self-funded health plans.

Congress has permanently extended a number of popular tax breaks

For many years, business tax planning has been a frustrating exercise as a number of popular tax breaks commonly known as “extenders” would expire, only to be retroactively extended in December of the subsequent year. Businesses would go the entire year not knowing whether Congress would extend these tax breaks or not. As you can […]