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A Place in the Sun

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Local jewelry designer and Lakewood native Jennifer Stringer was named as one of 15 finalists in the Amazon Handmade small business awards competition — the only Ohioan to make the list.

The competition was announced in early August by Amazon to celebrate its Handmade platform’s fifth anniversary. Five winners each will receive a $15,000 grant to small businesses that sell on the platform.

“Makers” were invited to apply for the awards, and a panel of judges picked finalists based on “the most inspiring stories, customer-centric products and compelling plans for the winnings.” The public could vote until Sept. 9 to decide which of public to vote and decide which five finalists will win. Votes can be cast at amazon.com/handmade. The five winners will be announced on Sept. 21.

Stringer makes original handcrafted, wire-wrapped jewelry using semi-precious gemstones, beach glass and metal. She sells her jewelry products online,

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Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ and your business strategy

By Dennis Zink
 |  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

While cleaning out my garage, I stumbled upon a box that was labeled: “Books I no longer read.” Opening the box and dusting off the cobwebs, I saw “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. For some reason, I had written my name and the date on the first page. Perhaps I had loaned this book to someone decades ago and wanted to make sure I got it back for my garage library time-capsule.

Twenty-eight years have passed since I cracked open this classic. This book was compiled over 2,000 years ago by a mysterious Chinese warrior-philosopher during the Warring States period of ancient China, around the fifth to the third century BC. It is still considered one of the most influential books on strategy ever written.

Many of the principles expressed in “The Art of War” apply today to business competition and conflict

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