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Software Craftsmanship Guild in Akron gets a new leader

Anthony Hughes in September will become president of the guild, a 1-year-old for-profit school that trains people to become software developers in three months. Hughes had run JumpStart's mentoring program for entrepreneurs.

STACI Corp. of LaGrange names new CEO

8:55 am David M. Buckley will lead STACI, which provides custom-designed manufacturing and supply chain services to midsize original equipment manufacturers. The appointment comes about two months after STACI was acquired by New York private investment firm Centre Lane Partners.

MedData Inc. of Brecksville is sold to a publicly traded Florida company

August 19, 2014 MEDNAX Inc. of Fort Lauderdale did not say how much it will pay for MedData in the cash transaction. MedData is a provider of revenue cycle management services that serves more than 3,000 physicians at 700 facilities across 43 states.

Metal Seal Precision Ltd. employees return to work after July plant fire

August 18, 2014 The fire resulted in about $50 million in damages, and led to decreased production at the Mentor-based maker of precision metal components and subassemblies.

OSHA cites Perry Fiberglass Products Inc. for repeat and serious violations

August 18, 2014 The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations follow an investigation started Feb. 5 after a complaint of alleged 'unsafe handling of hazardous chemicals' at the Avon Lake based maker of fiberglass pipes and tanks.

COMS Interactive is sprinting to big gains in software

August 17, 2014 If you're a nursing home, history suggests that you will quintuple the money you spend on software from COMS Interactive. And that's the worst-case scenario, according to customer data generated by the Broadview Heights company.

Manufacturers fight back against currency manipulation

August 17, 2014 Currency manipulation has a huge impact on manufacturers, says Bill Adler, president of Stripmatic Products Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights. Indeed, the past chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association thinks it's the biggest hurdle U.S. companies face when it comes to competing globally.

Los Angeles brokerage Lee & Associates opens space here

August 17, 2014 Three real estate brokers with deep roots in the region are putting their talents together to open the first Ohio office for California-based Lee, a national commercial real estate services firm.

Going Places: Aug. 18, 2014

August 17, 2014 See who's climbing the employment ladder in Northeast Ohio.

RCF Group buys two local office furniture dealers

August 17, 2014 There's a new force entering Northeast Ohio's office interior supply market. RCF Group of West Chester, a suburb of Cincinnati, is the new owner of the former Cuyahoga Cos. of Lakewood and S. Rose Co. of Cleveland. RCF will operate both companies under its name.
What's New for Aug. 18-22, 2014: ChatterAds from The Kennedy Group of Willoughby

What's New for Aug. 18-22, 2014: ChatterAds from The Kennedy Group of Willoughby

August 17, 2014 The Kennedy Group has partnered with plastic bag and film products maker Hilex Poly to create ChatterAds, which the companies describe as 'a removable, portable message delivery system that secures to plastic bags in retail, grocery, hardware, mass merchant, QSR and convenience stores.'
Cleveland-Akron area lost 7,242 jobs in July

Cleveland-Akron area lost 7,242 jobs in July

August 15, 2014 The 0.62% decline from June runs counter to the national trend. However, for the 12-month period ending in July, the seven-county Northeast Ohio region added 11,674 jobs, bringing total private-sector employment to 1,170,981, a 1.01% year-to-year increase.
The 9 gets a target opening date and adopts a new marketing stance

The 9 gets a target opening date and adopts a new marketing stance

August 15, 2014 Geis Cos.' remake of the old Ameritrust skyscraper as a mixed-use project will debut Saturday, Sept. 6. Developers now refer to the project on the southeast corner of Euclid Avenue and East Ninth Street as a 'resort.'

Bravo Wellness secures $22 million investment

August 12, 2014 The investment from ABS Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with offices in Baltimore and San Francisco, will allow the company to add more staff, more service offerings and perhaps enable it to take on more office space.

Linsalata Capital Partners sells NeuroTherm Inc.

August 11, 2014 The Mayfield Heights-based middle-market private equity firm sold NeuroTherm to publicly traded St. Jude Medical Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Personal View: Entrepreneurship paths for all

Personal View: Entrepreneurship paths for all

August 10, 2014 Despite efforts to the contrary, a stubborn gender gap remains in entrepreneurship. Nearly twice as many males as females start their own companies. Some have suggested that closing that gap would represent the final victory of the feminist revolution begun more than a generation ago.

Going Places: Aug. 11, 2014

August 10, 2014 See who's climbing the corporate ladder in Northeast Ohio.
What's New for Aug. 11-15, 2014: EXFIL Ballistic helmet from Team Wendy of Cleveland

What's New for Aug. 11-15, 2014: EXFIL Ballistic helmet from Team Wendy of Cleveland

August 10, 2014 Team Wendy, which makes products that protect against serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, says the latest model in its EXFIL line is designed for law enforcement and military users.
Music Box is taking shape in the Nautica complex (with photo gallery)

Music Box is taking shape in the Nautica complex (with photo gallery) 

August 9, 2014 The venue is the brainchild of Colleen and Mike Miller. Mike is a boomerang Clevelander, and his wife, Colleen, is a veteran Chicago concert promoter. The official ribbon cutting took place on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Hermes Sports & Events grows with purchase of three Fleet Feet Sports stores

August 9, 2014 Hermes has acquired three Fleet Feet Sports stores, a move Hermes president Neal Neroni said will provide runners and walkers the chance to 'one-stop' shop.
SECOND STAGE: Paisley Farm  has designs on growth

SECOND STAGE: Paisley Farm has designs on growth

August 9, 2014 Willoughby-based Paisley Farm makes and distributes pickled vegetables and relishes to warehouse clubs throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Some firms hiring with more than just their gut instinct

Some firms hiring with more than just their gut instinct

August 9, 2014 Some local companies are turning to psychometric assessments in hiring to try to gather objective data on otherwise subjective traits.
ADVISER: 'Free' software can end up costly

ADVISER: 'Free' software can end up costly

August 9, 2014 For all its benefits, open source doesn't necessarily mean free, and it doesn't mean you can use it without consequences.
TAX TIPS: LLCs can add complexities

TAX TIPS: LLCs can add complexities

August 9, 2014 Be wary of tax complexities that can create traps, in particular when it comes time to buy or sell an LLC interest.
R.W. Beckett adds power with energy unit

R.W. Beckett adds power with energy unit

August 9, 2014 Beckett Energy sells lithium-ion battery modules and battery management systems to a variety of customers.
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