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Cleveland Breakfast

Strategic Planning Strength Training

Strategic Planning takes many shapes and forms.  At this focused breakfast event, learn how three firms in very different industries (manufacturing, software products and organic lawn care) have applied the strategic planning process in their companies.  The owners of these firms will share how they attack strategic issues, address strategic problems and use strategy to guide the performance of their companies.  There will be ample time to ask questions and share other experiences by those attending.

  • Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • Location: Calfee, Halter & Griswold (1405 East 6th St., Cleveland, OH 44114)
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25


  • Dustin Klein, Publisher & COO, Smart Business Network


  • Paul Chaffee, CEO & CFO, Software Answers, Inc.
  • Paul Doherty, President, Wecall, Inc. 
  • Jonathan Green, Vice President, Meaden & Moore, LTD
  • Alec McClennan, CEO, Good Nature Organic Lawn Care
  • Jeff Susbauer, President, Growth Strategies, Inc. 


Columbus Breakfast

Overcoming the Skilled Labor Challenge

The old adage of “good help is hard to find” is quickly becoming extremely relevant in many industries. So, how did we get here? The great recession forced many skilled workers to either change career paths or retire. At roughly the same time, the number of skilled labor training programs and apprenticeships began to diminish and that trend continues. This had left many companies in the manufacturing and construction industries struggling to find solid talent. During this interactive Focused Breakfast session we will have business owners and resource experts share what they are doing to win the war for talent, give advice on how you can do the same, and answer your questions.


  • Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Location: Scioto Country Club (2196 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43221)
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25


  • Andy Hays, Partner, Copper Run Capital


  • Rick Mallett, CFO and Director of Acquisitions, The Reserve Group
  • Emily Ritchey, Vice President of HR, HBD Industries
  • Mike Rosati, Owner, Rosati Windows
  • Mary Tebeau, Executive Director, The Builders Exchange of Central Ohio


Cleveland Breakfast

Attracting and Retaining Talent through an Engaged Workforce

From the Harvard Business Review to internet HR chat rooms, professionals agree that engaged employees give more discretionary effort to your organization and tend to stay with your company longer.  They exceed goals, enjoy challenges and contribute more to your bottom line.   The problem?  Those same dream employees tend to get the least amount of focus and attention from management, in part because they’re doing what they need to do and don’t require immediate attention. In this session we will discuss best practices for improving employee engagement across a generationally diverse culture and building a more strategic and energized workforce to drive revenue and build your company.

  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Location: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30am
  • Cost: $25


  • Dave Clifford, President, Avantegrity LLC
  • Jay Mellon, CEO, AtNetPlus
  • Todd Palmer, Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • LaToya Smith, Talent Acquisition Manager,  Fifth Third


  • Dustin Klein, COO & Publisher, Smart Business
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