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Parma startup rocks 2014 COSE Business Pitch Competition

Colby Featherbottom's Custom Sound Machines, run by Ryan Schoeneman, took home the contest's $20,000 first prize. Second-place winner Brewnuts won $10,000, and two other companies each received $5,000.
Kent State University signs agreement to establish U.S. Export Assistance Center on campus

Kent State University signs agreement to establish U.S. Export Assistance Center on campus

October 22, 2014 The College of Business Administration will work with the U.S. Commercial Service 'to facilitate the identification of export-ready companies in Northeast Ohio, providing businesses with enhanced benefits such as client counseling and overseas market assistance.'
Ignoring an objection to your bankruptcy claim is like throwing money away

Ignoring an objection to your bankruptcy claim is like throwing money away

October 22, 2014 If you receive a claims objection, allowance of your claim is at stake. Unless you respond in a timely fashion, your claim could be disallowed, and you will receive nothing from the debtor's bankruptcy estate.

Akron to get 'artist development day labs' from Sundance Institute

October 20, 2014 Programming will build on the experience of the Sundance Institute's residency labs. Workshops, panels and labs will take place in these eight cities: Akron; Charlotte; Detroit; Miami; Macon, Ga.; Philadelphia; San Jose, Calif.; and St. Paul, Minn.
Urban Farmer is serving up business to local farms

Urban Farmer is serving up business to local farms

October 19, 2014 In the five months since it has opened, Urban Farmer Cleveland has cemented relationships with about 20 small local producers, including Chardon-based New Creation Farm, Ohio City Farm, Kent-based Lucky Penny and Killbuck Valley Mushrooms in Burbank.

Farmers puts its money into online banking

October 19, 2014 Farmers National Bank of Canfield has launched a variety of web-based banking services in an effort to not only meet demands of its own customers, but to compete with larger banks, officials say.

Going Places: Oct. 20-24, 2014

October 19, 2014 See who's advancing in companies and institutions in Northeast Ohio.
What's New for Oct. 20-24, 2014: Zumby from Animal Oralectrics of Cleveland

What's New for Oct. 20-24, 2014: Zumby from Animal Oralectrics of Cleveland

October 19, 2014 Animal Oralectrics, a biotech startup, says it has invented a medical device that fights oral bacteria linked to bad breath and gum disease in dogs — a health problem that it claims affects 80% of dogs by the age of three.

Huntington’s a big player when it comes to Small Business Administration loans

October 18, 2014 Huntington Bank issued more Small Business Administration loans than any other bank in the country, according to data released by the federal government for the program’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Putting faith in the business

Putting faith in the business

October 18, 2014 Some company leaders in Northeast Ohio are incorporating faith into the workplace.
Point To Point adjusts, has a more analytical view

Point To Point adjusts, has a more analytical view

October 18, 2014 Mark Goren has spent the last two years rebuilding his ad agency, preparing it for what he calls the 'B2B Buyer Revolution.'
TAX TIPS: 'Material participation' can be tough to prove

TAX TIPS: 'Material participation' can be tough to prove

October 18, 2014 Planning to transition the ownership and management of a business from the retiring “boomer” generation presents challenging business, tax and other legal issues.
ADVISER: Out of sight, but not necessarily out of mind

ADVISER: Out of sight, but not necessarily out of mind

October 18, 2014 In the wake of the firestorm surrounding the NFL's fumbling of the Ray Rice matter, the league has pledged to crack down on domestic violence and other off-the-field conduct.
Bike-sharing program is making a quick expansion into three more Cleveland neighborhoods

Bike-sharing program is making a quick expansion into three more Cleveland neighborhoods

October 17, 2014 Just five weeks after its rollout in Ohio City, the service offered by Cambridge, Mass.-based Zagster is adding stations in downtown Cleveland, Tremont and University Circle, and boosting the number of bikes by nearly 50%.
First Federal Lakewood opens first branch in the city of Cleveland

First Federal Lakewood opens first branch in the city of Cleveland

October 15, 2014 The branch, at 6610 Detroit Ave. in the Gordon Square neighborhood, is First Federal Lakewood's 19th full-service location. 'We're enthusiastic about the energy in Cleveland,' says CEO Thomas Fraser.

Cleveland auto coatings plant cited for 15 alleged serious health and safety violations

October 15, 2014 The proposed penalties for the citations at Hurst Auto-Truck Electric Ltd. are $62,300.
NRP Group affiliate purchases properties for Breakwater Bluffs apartment complex site

NRP Group affiliate purchases properties for Breakwater Bluffs apartment complex site

October 14, 2014 Breakwater Bluffs LLC, the Garfield Heights-based multifamily developer, paid a total of $3 million for properties that give it control of much of the block on the north side of Breakwater Avenue between West 58th Street and West 65th Street.
Rockathon tasked entrepreneurs and software developers with creating music-related companies

Rockathon tasked entrepreneurs and software developers with creating music-related companies

October 13, 2014 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few weeks ago dipped its toe into the high-tech world of hackers when it hosted the daylong event. A panel of judges that included Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris chose the winner, a startup called Dada Bot.

Cuyahoga County doubles down on business disputes

October 12, 2014 Cuyahoga County's business court is evolving in the hopes of making the avenue for resolving complex business-to-business cases even more robust.

Going Places: Oct. 13-17, 2014

October 12, 2014 See who's advancing in Northeast Ohio companies and institutions.
Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 13, 2014

Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 13, 2014

October 12, 2014 Behind the news with Crain's Cleveland Business writers.
What's New for Oct. 13-17, 2014: The Citrus Zinger Sport from Zing Anything of Akron

What's New for Oct. 13-17, 2014: The Citrus Zinger Sport from Zing Anything of Akron

October 12, 2014 The Akron company thinks it has a better option than 'guzzling down sugary sports drinks' to stay hydrated while exercising.

COSE Business Pitch Competition narrows down to four finalists 

October 9, 2014 About 75 entrepreneurs took part in the fourth annual competition by submitting entries that consisted of a two-page executive summary and a two-minute video pitching their ideas.

Bridge Industries portfolio company purchases Tubular Structures International LLC

October 8, 2014 TransTech Energy bought the Texas-based fabricator of pressure vessels, storage vessels and processing equipment for the oil and gas industry through a new subsidiary called TransTech Fabrication LLC. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

OverDrive Inc., Barnes & Noble subsidiary NOOK Media form partnership 

October 8, 2014 The agreement will allow the Garfield Heights-based e-book platform for public libraries to provide readers with access to digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK Newsstand.
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