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March / April 2015
NEO SUCCESS AWARDS
The 80 winners of this year’s NEO Success Awards represent the best our region's business community has to offer — growing revenue, adding employees and staying profitable. Meet a few of the standouts, from the marketing masters and e-learning experts to the light leaders and coupon king.
NEO Success Awards 2015: The Winner's List
NEO Success Awards 2015: By the Numbers
After enduring a company crisis, Fathom has flourished by encouraging a business-within-a-business entrepreneurial mindset.
Life Lessons from Kay McKinney Mlakar of Millcraft
Words of wisdom from the leader of a company with six decades of female ownership.
Anyone with an iPhone and a laptop can make a video, but video production firm Cinécraft is triumphing over amateurs with e-learning and a dedication to storytelling.
Once David Levine and Michael Recker of Wireless Environment saw the light, there was no stopping them.
BlueBridge Networks’ growth fuels the success of the organizations that depend on them.
Town Money Saver cashes in with good old-fashioned printed coupons.
Insatiable health care tech needs are driving Direct Consulting Associates’ growth.
Home Instead creates a growing business from an aging population.
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARDS
Each year, Dominion East Ohio and Inside Business recognize nonprofits that have worked to make Northeast Ohio communities better places to live, work and play. This year’s winners have used gardens to replace blight with beauty, lighted the way downtown and kept hard-earned tax refunds in the hands of low-income residents. Together, they represent the best of the region’s creativity and potential.
Mother of Invention
Advanced Methods in Innovation makes high-tech manufacturing tools accessible to kids.
Brite Winter Festival provides a winter warmup for thousands in Ohio City with music, art and food.
Ohio City Inc. offers guidance and money to help residents keep crime at bay.
Arts in Stark’s The ELEVEN puts public art to work boosting Pro Football Hall of Fame foot traffic.
The Warehouse District brings new spark to downtown retail with inside-the-box thinking.
Sounds Like Home
The Zimmerman Symphony Center made the Canton Symphony Orchestra right at home.
The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership swaps blight for beauty in warren’s Garden District.
The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation’s REVITALIZE program makes home-ownership in rehabilitated neighborhoods possible.
Lighting the Way
LAND Studio’s AHA! festival sheds new light on what downtown Cleveland has to offer.
The Akron Marathon’s Blue Line Charity Partner Program gives a boost to nonprofits and the local economy.
Cash in Hand
The Cuyahoga EITC Coalition puts hard-earned tax refunds in the hands of low-income families.
Road to Reentry
Neighborhood Solutions takes an agricultural approach to creating jobs for former inmates reentering society.
Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Dr. Jay Gershen is leading a $166 million transformation of this tiny medical school that’s doubling the size of the campus and extending its reach far beyond rural Portage County.
New Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish is hitting the ground running.
User comments sent Kent Displays’ liquid crystal tablets into a new marketplace.
Books@Work takes a literary approach to workplace engagement.
Lessons learned in debate club that can benefit us all.
Be environmentally friendly around the office with these easy changes to the daily grind.
Ian Charnas believes maker spaces everywhere need to be open to everyone.
A Bug's Life
Edible crickets from Big Cricket Farms are niche for now, but the company’s poised for the U.S. food industry to get on board.
WORKING THE ROOM
ONE TO WATCH
Jason Estremera | 33
President of Young Latino Network and Director of Business Services at the Hispanic Business Center
Pride and Joy
Even years later, the thrill of winning an award for a small business doesn't go away.
The Power of Threes
An old rule that guides good communication can also be a formula for achieving greatness as a community.
It’s a foreign word and an offbeat concept, but one that can revitalize your workplace this year.