Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 seeking nominations

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In its 20th year, the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 Award once again recognizes the 50 fastest growing companies in Lake and Geauga Counties. Winners of the award are based on average sales and employment growth from 2007 through 2011. The most current nomination form can be found online at: www.fasttrack50.org.

To be eligible to receive the award, companies must be located in the two-county region, be organized as a for-profit business, and must have a sales profit for 2007 of at least $100,000. 

Winning companies were honored at a recognition dinner on November 1, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa in Mentor and were featured in The News-Herald.

Fast Track 50 was founded in 1993 when Peter Ferrante, Greg Skoda and representatives from Huntington National Bank met to talk about the unique small businesses that they served as clients. A formal program was then developed to honor the 50 fastest growing companies in the Lake-Geauga county region. The annual awards banquet is attended by nearly 400 members of the business community and local government officials.

The 2012 program is sponsored by Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Huntington Bank, Lakeland Community College, The News-Herald, and Skoda Minotti.

Nearly 300 companies have been recognized since the award’s inception in 1993. For a complete listing of these companies, or to nominate a deserving company, please visit www.fasttrack50.org. For questions, please contact Jen Brawner of Skoda Minotti at 440-449-6800.

ERC Awarded 2012 Wellness@Work Award

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ERC is very proud to announce that we received a 2012 Wellness@Work Award. This is the third consecutive year that ERC has won an award; winning 2nd place in the Small Business Division. The Wellness@Work Awards honor area businesses for their workplace wellness initiatives.

“We’re honored to receive a Wellness@Work Award for the third consecutive year,” said Pat Perry, President of ERC. “It is important to us to lead by example, as we sponsor the ERC Health program throughout the State of Ohio. Wellness has truly become a part of our culture here. We see it through participation in events like staff health days, cardiovascular screening sessions and afternoon workout classes. We are proud of the commitment we’ve made to improve our employees’ health and work-life balance.”

ERC would also like to congratulate our members who also won the 2012 award: Lake Health, Oswald Companies, ShurTech Brands LLC and Vita-Mix Corporation.