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March 27. 2015

Winner Spotlight Series: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

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March 27. 2015

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: Giving Food a Purpose in the Community 

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been serving its community for the last 32 years. Its mission is simple but powerful, "Feed People, Fight Hunger."

When you walk into the Akron-Canton Foodbank, you can't help but feel overcome with happiness as the volunteers are cheerfully packing lunches for after-school programs, and employees are greeting you with a smile. These are just some of the reasons the Foodbank is a NorthCoast 99 winner and a great representation of what it means to be a great workplace in Northeast Ohio.More...

January 7. 2015

Winner Spotlight: State Industrial Products

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January 7. 2015

Built on family values, State Industrial Products is more than a company that manufactures maintenance chemicals. Located in Mayfield Heights, State Industrial strives to create a company culture that not only works for them, but for its employees. With a strong connection to Make-A-Wish Foundation and always striving to engrain its family values in its workers, it’s no wonder State Industrial was one of three companies to receive this year’s Workplace & Community Impact Award at NorthCoast 99.

Winning NorthCoast 99

“For State Industrial to win the NorthCoast 99 award just confirms what I have said all along  which is we are one of the top organizations in northeast Ohio to work for,” says Carol Brennan, Director of Human Resources.More...

November 6. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Hyland, creator of OnBase

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November 6. 2014

Hyland, creator of OnBase, is one of the largest independent enterprise content management vendors. Its product, OnBase, is a software solution that helps organizations streamline processes and become more efficient.  Located in Westlake, Ohio, Hyland has more than 1,800 employees and services more than 12,900 organizations.


Hyland is committed to getting its employees involved in the community, services you don’t normally find at an organization and a culture that is constantly evolving.  Not to mention, it is also this year’s 2014 Workplace Community Impact Award recipient at the NorthCoast 99 event.More...

October 2. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Excelas, LLC

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October 2. 2014

Excelas is a national provider of medical information analysis to help health care organizations, medical corporations and insurers settle and win cases. Located in Highland Heights, Excelas is the home base for 37 employees. However, with its flexible telecommuting hours, convenience time policy and strong wellness initiative, it has no trouble retaining and attracting top talent, which is also why Excelas is a Workplace and Community Impact recipient of the 2014 NorthCoast 99 Awards.

Winning the Workplace and Community Impact Award

“We are a very collaborative environment, so Winning NorthCoast99 is a joint effort amongst all of the employees here at Excelas,” says Malissa Rowland, Director of Operations & HR. “It gives us another opportunity to come together and celebrate. In addition, it serves as validation that we are on the right track and that we are making decisions that are beneficial to both us and the company.”More...

August 7. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Cleveland State University

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August 7. 2014

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public urban research university that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,500 students, eight colleges and more than 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen in 2014 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Cleveland State would not be where it is today without its diverse, enthusiastic and motivated staff. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, there is excitement in the air with record-setting freshman classes, a $500 million campus makeover and countless academic achievements; it’s also no surprise that CSU is a three-time winner of the NorthCoast 99 Award.

We got the chance to explore this vibrant campus and talk with employees about why they love working for Cleveland State and how the campus and downtown Cleveland have come together to create a best-in-class urban university.More...

June 11. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Flight Options

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June 11. 2014

Flight Options: Soaring Above the Standard

Flight Options, located in Cleveland, is one of the largest private aviation companies in the world, serving owners and clients across the globe. The Cleveland headquarters alone employs more than 500 employees.

Even though Flight Options caters to owners and clients all over, it never forgets who is at the root of this successful operation: its employees.

Flight Options is a 10-time NorthCoast 99 winner, and it credits its employees for not only carrying out but going above and beyond expectations with its three fundamental principles.

"We believe these fundamental principles to be timeless and use them as our guiding principles to help make decisions from a management and employee standpoint, almost every step of the way,” says Bob Sullivan, Vice President of Human Resources.More...

April 10. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Findaway World

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April 10. 2014

Findaway World: Always Find A Way

Findaway World, located in Solon, produces audio and digital content and is best known for its preloaded audio player, Playaway.

Mitch Kroll, CEO of Findaway World, co-founded the company in 2004 after watching Steve Jobs introduce the iPod to the world. To date, Playaway has sold more than 4.5 million units and has contracts with schools and libraries all around the country, as well as the military.

Findaway World has won the NorthCoast99 Award for the past 5 years and it’s not just because of the innovative product it produces. We got the chance to speak with Kroll and some of the Findawayers to understand what makes this company one of the 99 best workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio.More...

March 12. 2014

Winner Spotlight: Main Street Gourmet

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March 12. 2014

Main Street Gourmet is a bakery manufacturer located in Cuyahoga Falls, specializing in a wide variety of custom foods such as cookies, muffins, granola, brownies and desserts. Steve Marks and Harvey Nelson, co-owners and CEO’s of the company, have been in business together for more than 25 years.

For the past 4 years, and 7 times overall, it has also been among the winners of the NorthCoast 99 award. We got the exciting chance to speak with the owners and employees to go beyond baking muffins, and find out what really makes this company a top workplace in Northeast Ohio.

 “Winning the NorthCoast 99 award really validates what we are trying to do,” says Marks. “We want people to be happy here, and satisfied employees’ results in productive employees. I don’t want anyone to work here and be miserable, so to be awarded for having a great workplace where people like to come to work is amazing.”More...

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