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BAC’s On the Road to Success Winner Is Really Cooking

A trip to Pisa got Bob and Sharon Rybak leaning toward opening a one-of-a-kind pizza place. “We ordered pizza at a restaurant in Pisa and it came in 90 seconds,” Bob recalls. “Sharon said, ‘That’s drive-thru time.’”

The Rybaks were looking at retirement from teaching in a few years, but Sharon was already investigating the possibility of opening the first — and as of now, the only — custom-made, drive-thru pizzeria in the United States. Thanks to Sharon’s thorough research, upon their […]

‘Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others’

HuffPost founder Arianna Huffington offers some sage advice for newbie entrepreneurs: Take care of yourself so you can take care of everyone else. “It’s like what they say on airplanes — put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others,” she says. In an interview with Business Insider, Huffington says that neglecting other aspects of your life can negatively impact your effectiveness as an innovator and potentially damage your business relationships.

BAC’s 2017 Pinnacle Award Winner Seeks to Put a Book in Every Child’s Hands

Did you know that some children in Northeast Ohio have no immediate access to books? It’s a sobering thought, one that concerned Judi Kovach and Judy Payne enough that they decided to do something about it.

The effort began with Little Free Libraries — the fancifully decorated boxes in Cleveland neighborhoods that encourage visitors to take a book and, if possible, leave one in return. In 2015, a unique partnership with Discover Books, an online bookseller, presented the chance to make a […]

The Absolute, Must-Have Skill for Business Mentors

Google the phrase “skills needed to be a business mentor,” and you’re sure to find about a dozen “top 10” lists of traits and talents. Some are obvious; for example, a mentor should have experience in business, and a mentor should take a keen interest in the mentee’s ideas and goals. These are no doubt important. But if a business mentor is truly going to be effective, he or she must share one very important qualification with the mentee: drive. It’s the drive […]

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