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8 Tri-County Business Journal • July/August 2011 BUSINESS BRIEFS


NO REST FOR THE WEARY:


STATS SHOW SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS, VACATION DON'T MIX


by Dave Choate L


Penfield House raises $1,800 for W-E Library A total of $1,800 was raised to support theWilloughby-Eastlake Public


Library’s adult summer reading program through a fundraiser held recently at thePenfield House, a Willoughby Hills home designed by architectFrank Lloyd Wright. All tours were sold out and 72 people had the opportunity to see the inside of this local architectural masterpiece.


MISCELLANEOUS


Survey: Few aware of cloud computing Small-business owners lack cloud


computing knowledge, according to Newtek Business Services’ findings from its SB Authority Market Senti- ment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll of approxi- mately 1,800 respondents, nearly 71 percent say they have never heard of cloud computing. Further, 78 percent thought that their data was secure, while 71 percent stated their data was not backed up offsite.


Huntington opens


Giant Eagle branches Huntington Bank and Giant


Eagle recently celebrated the grand opening of what will be 18 in-store bank branches in Cleveland and the surrounding areas in 2011, including Beachwood, Lyndhurst (temporary branch to open July 14) Mayfield Heights, Mentor, Willoughby Hills. Ten locations have opened, with the remaining eight set to open by Oc- tober. Over the next four years, Hun-


tington will open 45 seven-day-a- week, full-service, in-store branches in Giant Eagle supermarkets in the


et’s say your name is Biz Onar. You own and operate a small business that sells air, and you frequently work 12-hour days doing so. You’re not exactly flush with time as a result, and you’re unsure if you can afford to


take a vacation in 2011. You’re hardly alone. According to Business News Daily, 54


percent of respondents to a small business poll found said they weren’t going to or didn’t feel they could take a summer vaca- tion. Given the well-documented benefits of a little time off from work, those numbers are worrisome. So why aren’t more small business owners taking


some time off? The reasons range from the financial (29 percent of respondents cited that) to a hectic schedule (37 percent). Sometimes, it’s a combi- nation of the two. But again, vacations are worth


it, especially during the warm, re- laxing summer months. You don’t have to spend weeks away from your business in order to relax, de-stress and collect your thoughts, and you don’t need to spend thousands doing it if your money is tied up in your business. In fact, the BND report indicates that more and more business owners are planning to spend less than $500 on their vacations. The important thing here is the potential to relax


and re-focus. Very few people can go non-stop. So Biz Onar, take that vacation. You deserve it. And


tell us if you plan to take one and what you plan to do, if you’re willing to share.


Dave Choate is the lead writer for BizEngine, longtime blogger and voracious reader of all things business and news. Dave is dedicated to delivering small-business news, information and analysis that matters.


Cleveland area, creating more than 270 jobs. As part of the companies’ exclusive, 15-year, in-store branch agreement announced last fall, Hun- tington will add at least 500 jobs throughout Ohio.


Cornerstone IT adds


staff, moves to Mentor Cornerstone IT has moved into


new corporate headquarters at 8824 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor. Cornerstone IT has been adding staff and acquir- ing companies as its business contin- ues to grow. The company recently hired Todd Weisfeld as a project manager and Mark Meeks, former CIO ofChardon Rubber.


Workers unprepared for unexpected events Six out of 10 American work-


ers do not have a financial plan in place to deal with an unexpected and costly life event such as a medical emergency. That’s a key finding of a national study released analyzing forces impacting the trends, attitudes and use of employee benefits. The 2011 Aflac WorkForces Re-


port found that 51 percent of work- ers said they are not very or not at all prepared to pay for out-of-pocket ex- penses not covered by major medi- cal insurance. Further, 31 percent have less than $500 in savings for emergency expenses. The report is the result of an online survey of more than 2,000 benefits decision makers and more than 4,000 U.S. workers released by Aflac.


FirstEnergy breaks


ground for facility FirstEnergy Nuclear Operat-


ing Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., recently broke ground for a new Emergency Operations Center in Painesville for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. The 12,000-square-foot facility


will house activities related to main- taining public


health and safety during an emer-


gency at the plant. Personnel will use state-of-the-art equipment to moni- tor environmental conditions and communicate with state and local emergency representatives. Con- struction is expected to be complete in January. Until then, the current Emergency Operation Center at the Perry Plant will remain operational.


Chardon agency adds Westlake partners Pease-Kerr-Canfield Insurance


Agency, based in Chardon, recently merged with the Insurance Part- ners Agency in Westlake. The new operation will be called Pease-Kerr Insurance Partners. With this merger, key principals


and service staff of Pease-Kerr-Can- field will continue with Pease-Kerr Insurance Partners. The Insurance Partners Agency organization now has 50 employees in five Northeast Ohio locations.


Taekwondo program


set for autistic kids Brenda Richards, OTR/L, occu-


pational therapist, author and owner of The Center for LifeSkills, re- cently announced a new program, ATKD – Adapted Taekwondo, de- signed to train taekwondo instructors to work with children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. The first ATKD training was held


at World Champion Martial Arts in Solon and included 21 instructors from martial arts schools in Chardon, Lyndhurst, Mentor and other cities. Instructors who are interested in re- ceiving the ATKD training should contact Richards at brenda@center- 4lifeskills.com or 440-498-1100.


Free shredding nets


donated food items Carver Financial Services re-


cently teamed up with North Coast Shredding and students fromMen-


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