10 Things I've Learned from My Father and His Business

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Jul 14, 2017 6:00:00 PM

Read Time: 4 Minutes 

Growing up, I had the privilege of working for my father’s engineering company, where I learned a great deal about the art of business and design engineering. His company, Century Design, engineered items ranging from household appliances for Sunbeam Corporation to assembly equipment for Motorola, and working there directly influenced my entrepreneurial journey. In high school, I started work as a detail draftsman on the drawing board (yes – the drawing board), then project engineer, then sales engineer. Over the 15 years I worked for him throughout high school, college, and later full time, I watched my father navigate business challenges in various economies, develop incredible relationships with his clients, and become a leader that all his employees admired. I was fortunate enough to receive very valuable lessons along the way on everything from business operations to machine design engineering, and those same lessons still resonate with me today. Below are 10 tips that, even today, I still follow:

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Topics: small business

6 Essential Factors of a Great Small Business

Posted by Craig Zoberis

May 26, 2017 6:01:00 PM

Read Time: 2 Minutes 

I and the Fusion team are thrilled to announce that we made the 2017 list of Forbes Small Giants, a recognition awarded to 25 small businesses that “value greatness over growth, have been acknowledged as outstanding by others in their field and are engaged in initiatives from which any business can gain insights”. This one-time award places Fusion in the company of local esteemed companies such as Integrated Project Management, Basecamp, Tasty Catering, ABT Electronics, and Radio Flyer. Based on the best-selling book by Bo Burlingham, companies receiving this award have mastered six factors:

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Topics: Awesome Place To Work, employee engagement, small business, culture

4 Essential Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Fraud

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 2, 2015 6:59:00 PM

Earlier this week, our Controller, Jeff LaCrosse, and I attended “The Art of the Steal,” a fraud seminar hosted by Frank Abagnale. A reformed con man and international cybercrime fighter, Abagnale was an engaging speaker that kept both Jeff and I on the edge of our seats for the entire seminar. Fraud is big business for those who prey on small companies: because many small businesses have no prevention tools in place, they are often disproportionately victimized. While larger companies usually have more sophisticated software and dedicated teams, many small businesses don’t, making them ripe for the picking.

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Topics: small business

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