News Expert Perspective

Expert Perspective

Editorial features contributed by local experts in various entrepreneurial fields.

Small Business Administration lending in fiscal year 2011 reached the highest level in the agency's history. During the fiscal year, which ended in Sept. 30, SBA loan approvals supported $30.5 billion in lending to small businesses and startups through its...
Last month, I stood on the factory floor of the Willard and Kelsey Solar manufacturing plant just outside Toledo. The plant pulsed with action as dozens of workers operated machines using cutting-edge technology to churn out thin, film solar...
Are you an entrepreneur starting a new Ohio business? If so, have you investigated your Ohio sales and use tax obligations? The following story gives you a glimpse at the broad array of businesses and transactions Ohio sales tax...
The phrase “think outside the box” makes me physically ill. It’s trite and isn’t at all practical. But inside the box? That’s where great leaders go to get more out of their teams. My friend and fellow thoughtLEADERS instructor Victor...
This article is part ten in a twelve-part series on information security fundamentals for small and medium-sized businesses. Bad things happen, and the organizations that can successfully ride out those rough waters are the organizations that take time to plan...
At age 13, Jim Grote began working at a local pizzeria, where most of his days were spent slicing pepperoni by hand with a paring knife and making pizzas. Two years later he was managing the place, and the...

Securing Your People

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This article is part five in a twelve-part series on information security fundamentals for small and medium-sized businesses. In the first article of this series, we discussed the importance of assigning the responsibility of day-to-day information security tasks to a...
This article is part six in a twelve-part series on information security fundamentals for small and medium-sized businesses. When it comes to protecting your IT assets, it's important to understand that the physical security perimeter is as important as your...