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2019 Pillar Award for Community ServiceUnited for our communities

The Pillar Award for Community Service was developed by Smart Business and Medical Mutual to honor businesses and individuals dedicated to making Northeast Ohio a better place to live.

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Industrial Commercial Properties LLCChristopher S. Semarjian sees what others can’t

As the owner of Industrial Commercial Properties, Chris Semarjian has never viewed what he does as work. Real estate is his passion, enabling him to build a vast and lucrative portfolio of dynamic real estate assets.

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The Anderson-DuBose Co.Warren Anderson earned McDonald’s trust doing it his way

Being an entrepreneur was not Warren Anderson’s first choice as a career. But when he does something, he does it right, building The Anderson-DuBose Co. into a leader in the distribution industry.

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All Pro Freight Systems Inc.Chris Haas always has an eye on what the customer needs

As one of seven children growing up in a blue-collar family in Lakewood, Chris Haas has always been well-acquainted with the value of a hard day’s work.

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Why supervisory training should be provided for frontline managers

Employees are typically promoted to frontline manager positions because they’re great individual contributors. However, they often arrive at the role with little or no prior management experience, says Corporate College's Jody M. Wheaton.

How to look for and identify the signs that it’s time for a new banker

While some banks can grow with a company, others can’t. That’s why companies should regularly evaluate their banking relationship, says First Federal Lakewood's Kurt Kappa.

How to prepare to defend against “bet-the-company” litigation

Bet-the-company litigation is a term recently created to refer to complex litigation that could result in a company going bankrupt and going out of business — it’s a new name given to an existing phenomenon, says McCarthy Lebit's Robert T. Glickman.

If the idea of a ransomware attack doesn’t keep you up at night, it should

Ransomware is like New York City, says Shawn Richardson, principal of Cyber Services at Rea & Associates. Just like how New York’s downtown buildings have constantly changed over the past 25 years, ransomware gets bigger, better and more modern as bad actors build upon past forms.

How to make your digital transformation a success

Organizations must get a handle on their data, not only to understand their business better, but also to act on the information in a timely manner, says EOX Vantage's Sudhir Achar.

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