August 9, 2021

GBS was pleased to welcome back its annual YOGI (Year of Giving Initiative) Charity Golf Tournament on August 2, 2021 at Tippecanoe Country Club in Canfield, Ohio. This year’s event was a complete sell out, with more than 120 golfers enjoying a great day of fun designed to benefit local charities.

As in previous years, the YOGI Golf Committee and volunteers led by Joe Chahine, VP, Healthcare, provided participants with a premier golfing experience. In addition to the competitive play on the course, golfers had the option to participate in a charity auction and enjoy a great sit-down dinner at the end of the day.

However, despite all of the fun and enjoyment the players had throughout the day, the big winners were local charities in the Mahoning Valley.  All proceeds from the outing and auction benefit the GBS YOGI fund, which assists GBS employees in need, as well as the Mahoning County Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Marketplace Solutions and Reach1, which were all selected prior to the outing as this year’s aid recipients.

YOGI 2021 Golf Outing

YOGI Golf Outing held at Tippecanoe Country Club in Canfield, OH on August 2, 2021.

The Mahoning County Society of St. Vincent DePaul is a gospel-inspired organization which believes that the works of mercy must be lived every day. They do this by operating the SVDP Dining Hall and Food Pantry, where hundreds of meals are provided daily to needy families in the Mahoning Valley.

Marketplace Solutions’ vision is to see marketplace leaders and organizations equipped as agents of transformation, mobilized in and through the marketplace in order to bring lasting change, and to connect them with spiritual purpose and power to fulfill the Great Commission. They offer a unique yet powerful set of platforms designed to equip people to understand and fulfill their roles in the marketplace.

Reach1‘s mission is to inspire and reach a generation of World Changers to live a life of purpose, power and destiny. Their assembly presentations have touched many students in GBS-related counties, and they are looking to expand their outreach to more students and share their message of hope while overcoming adversity.

Many generous organizations contributed to this year’s outing via sponsorships including Brenna Manna Diamond, Signet, Galaxie Industrial Services, Eagle Rental, DeluxeAds, Jarrett, Schauer Group, PrintXcel, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Capital Wealth Group, Baesman Group, Fusco’s Watering Hole, AHOLA and Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty. 

Again, GBS would like to thank all of the players, volunteers and sponsors that helped make this year’s outing a great success, and we look forward to the 5th Annual Outing coming in 2022!

February 12, 2021

 As we move through the year 2021 and continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary in business, we believe it’s important to look back and recognize where we’ve come from as a company. Since our humble beginnings as a business forms provider in 1971, GBS has undergone tremendous growth and change and now operates in markets and industries throughout the world. Below is a brief summary of some of our major milestones and achievements as a company over the last five decades.

So, before we look ahead to the future challenges and hopeful successes to come, we take a moment to look back.

The 1970s:

  • Founded by Mr. Larry Merriman in the kitchen of his North Canton, Ohio home as a designer and printer of professional business forms in 1971.
  • Begins producing and selling filing products in 1974.
  • Begins offering computer technology solutions in 1978.

The 1980s:

  • Due to the invention of the PC, GBS expands its into new markets including Construction, Distribution, Municipalities, Credit Unions and Healthcare.
  • Begins technology partnerships with IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.
  • Begins offering roll, sheet and fan-folded labeling solutions in 1981.
  • The GBS Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) begins in 1987.

The 1990s:

  • Becomes the first service company to receive GM’s prestigious “Mark of Excellence” award in 1990.
  • Opens its new Corporate Headquarters office in North Canton, Ohio in 1991.
  • Introduces the Sharetec core processing software system for credit unions in 1994, which is recognized as the fastest growing system in the industry in 1997.
  • Partners with CMS, a minority-owned business focused on value-added solutions to meet customer’s diversity spending needs in 1998.
  • Sells its 500th practice management system to healthcare providers across the country in 1999.

The 2000s:

  • Records its first sale of NextGen Electronic Health Records (EHR) software in 2003.
  • Begins offering FileBound document scanning and conversion services in 2004.
  • Opens a state-of-the-art Document Imaging and Conversion Services Center in 2005.
  • Recognized as a leading software developer and Value-Added-Reseller (VAR) of vertical specific software for the healthcare, credit union and government industries in 2008.

The 2010s:

  • Initiates a direct-to-customer paper program, The Paper Center, in 2015.
  • Enters into the Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) services industry for healthcare providers in 2016.
  • Begins the Year of Giving Initiative (YOGI) to formalize all GBS community involvement and charitable giving activities in 2018.
  • Launches the Smart Business Solutions podcast show in 2019.

The 2020s:

  • Partners with XRS Solutions to offer the Rocket Collector automated collection system in 2020.
  • Celebrates its 50th anniversary as a company in 2021.

January 1, 2021

The year 2021 marks an important milestone in the history of GBS. It was 50 years ago this year, in 1971, that GBS came into existence. The company was started by our founder, Mr. Larry Merriman, at the kitchen table in his home in North Canton, Ohio. Having recently lost his job and facing the challenge of providing for his young family, Mr. Merriman made the decision to strike out on his own and utilize his sales and business experience to meet a need he recognized at that time – providing customers with professional, customized business forms.

This was the genesis of GBS – recognizing the most critical needs of businesses and providing practical, technology-based solutions to meet those needs. The core values of outstanding customer service and attention to detail were built by Mr. Merriman into all of these solutions, and remain at the center of our business culture today.

As GBS began to grow in the early 1970s, Mr. Merriman quickly outgrew his kitchen table. Expanding steadily throughout Northeastern Ohio with facilities in North Canton, Stow, Malvern and Youngstown, the company’s reach eventually made its way into Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Missouri and Puerto Rico.

Although our business has changed tremendously over our half-century of existence, we still provide business forms to our clients today. We also offer customized solutions for the healthcare, financial and credit union, IT, automotive, manufacturing, education, government and retail industries – just to name a few. With more than 250 current employees throughout the country and revenues in excess of $100 million, it’s hard to believe that Mr. Merriman could have envisioned all of this 50 years ago. But, thanks to his courage, vision and leadership, GBS has had the pleasure of serving thousands of clients around the world with solutions to make their businesses better and their customers happier.

As we embark on our second half-century of success, we thank everyone – all of our customers and employees – that have made this journey possible. To read the entire statement on our 50th anniversary from our CEO and President, Eugene Calabria, click here.

December 1, 2020

In November of 2020, GBS launched a new Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) website, This is a stand-alone site that complements our company website, where we house supplemental RCM information including product sheets, videos and podcasts.

The new site is a streamlined, simplified approach to presenting the solutions we offer to healthcare providers throughout the country that address the complex world of medical billings and collections.

The site highlights the most important aspects of our solution and presents an overall, comprehensive plan that can help providers maximize their collections and earnings, increase business efficiencies and allow more time for better patient care.

It also showcases the value-added services contained in the solution, which include custom reporting with streamlined data analytics, rules engines to clean claims prior to submission, a full system EHR/EPM infrastructure and user-friendly data analytics with interactive, real-time capabilities. All of these services are completely customizable to fit any RCM strategy, and work in concert to improve billings and collections processes and intra-office workflow.

Lastly, the new site contains testimonies from multiple GBS RevCycle clients, including Mercy Medical Center, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center and the Eye Medical Center of Fresno. To check out all of those and so much more, visit the site at

June 17, 2020

Since its inception in 1971, GBS has grown from a print distribution company operating out of founder Larry Merriman’s kitchen to the national company with diverse product offerings in different markets that we know today. While GBS has far outgrown the space and capabilities first offered from Larry Merriman’s kitchen, our employees have never lost touch with our company’s humble roots.

As a 100% employee-owned company, GBS employees have a vested interest in our company’s and our Clients’ success – and that goodwill extends to our employees and their families as well!

GBS’ Year of Giving Initiative (YOGI), a charitable committee of employees dedicated to helping the GBS family and our communities, launched the Larry A. Merriman Scholarship Fund in January of this year. The program, which was created in memoriam of our founder who placed a high value on education, is open to all GBS employee dependents pursuing higher education, whether they’re a recent high school graduate or already enrolled in a college, university, trade or vocational school.

This year, the scholarship was awarded to five highly qualified candidates who have gone above and beyond all expectations for personal excellence and academic achievement. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Larry A. Merriman Scholarship recipients!

Top Row (Pictured Left to Right): Caroline Downes, Kendall Sarbach
Bottom Row (Pictured Left to Right): Laura Rodgers, Kendall Sarbach, Michael “Zach” Untch, Rachael Malizia

June 1, 2020

In just over nine months of launching our new podcast show – “Smart Business Solutions” – GBS has exceeded 1,000 total unique downloads. This is an accomplishment that we as a company are extremely proud of!

As podcasting continues to grow and gain in popularity, the number of shows and amount of content available to listeners is greater today than ever. According to, a site that compiles and reports statistics on the current podcast industry, there are now more than 1 million podcast shows and 29 million episodes available for consumers to listen to. This is an absolutely staggering amount of content, especially when you consider that there are more than 30 times the amount of podcast shows available than there are movies and television shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney, HBO and Showtime combined!

GBS Smart Business Solutions

With all of this content available to listeners, it’s easy for a new show to get lost in the media mix. But thanks to the entire GBS team, we’ve been able to carve out a niche in the business show market and establish a reputation for providing educational episodes and smart, meaningful solutions to companies of all sizes and industries.

Other statistics that show the growth and penetration of podcasts include:

  • 75% of the US population is familiar with the term “podcasting”
  • 50% of all US homes are podcast fans
  • 16 million people in the US consider themselves to be “avid podcast fans”
  • 55% (155 million) of the US population has listened to a podcast
  • 37% (104 million) listen to podcasts at least once every month
  • 24% (68 million) listen to podcasts on a weekly basis
  • 80% of all listeners are between the ages of 12-54
  • 74% of podcast users listen to podcasts to learn something new.
  • There are currently 19 different genres of podcast shows, with comedy, education and news being the most popular.

If you have not listened to our show yet, we encourage you to do so. We currently have more than 20 episodes published on relevant business topics ranging from technology, healthcare, print and labeling, data security, brand protection and credit unions.

New episodes are being produced on a regular basis, and can be found here or by searching “GBS” on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, and You can also follow the show on Twitter (@SmartGBS) and Instagram (smart_business_solutions) for updates on previous and new episodes.



May 1, 2020

Sharetec System, one of the fastest growing core operating systems offering the technology of simplicity, is pleased to announce that Horizon Credit Union of Kingsport, Tennessee, has opted to implement the full features and functionality of the Sharetec Core Processing Solution.

When Horizon Credit Union set out to replace their existing system with a new and improved core processing solution, they had specific enhancement goals in mind. According to Beverly Boling, Horizon’s CEO, their financial institution required a smart solution¾one that would offer the perfect combination of an innovative core processing system and a knowledgeable, supportive service provider. “We were looking to greatly improve our credit union’s overall functionality to enhance our daily processes and the level of service we provide to our members. We also sought to achieve a better value for our investment,” states Beverly. “Therefore, when we learned about Sharetec’s long list of benefits, we took the next step and requested a demonstration. We wanted to determine if the system would fully meet our needs, and if the people behind the solution would adequately support us.”

In order to highlight the software’s innovative features and functionality and offer their support, the Sharetec team provided Horizon with thorough demonstrations and continued to address their key questions and concerns along the way. As the credit union had an opportunity to view the system’s vast capabilities firsthand, they discovered that Sharetec was highly capable of meeting their technical requirements.

As Horizon continued to explore Sharetec’s features and benefits, it became clear to their decision makers that more efficient processing would greatly reduce the time spent on manual and labor intensive tasks. Sharetec would also provide peace of mind by offering a lower base cost without any surprise rate increases. Additional benefits for Horizon would include the cost savings that would result from interfacing with a new debit card processor and an improved client support experience offered by the Sharetec support team.

Overall, Horizon’s decision makers were thoroughly impressed that Sharetec would be capable of meeting all of their objectives, including their firewall/IT specifications. They were especially pleased that they would be able to convert from their existing system and move forward with the innovative solution with a conversion date firmly in sight.

From the beginning, Horizon sought to find the ideal partner that would help them achieve their objectives. Thanks to Sharetec and its team of professionals, the credit union is now on the right path to successfully doing so. The core system will be used by the entire staff for all credit union processing, as well as interfacing to countless third-party applications and online/mobile banking software.

Dan Miller, Vice President, Sharetec, notes that his company is extremely pleased with their new business partnership and is looking forward to assisting Horizon in any way possible. “Stellar results are expected as our solution will significantly reduce Horizon’s ongoing costs for core processing software, while also providing exciting new efficiencies for its staff and cuttingedge, member-facing technology,” says Dan. “We know how vital it is for credit unions to succeed in this competitive industry, which is why we offer the most innovative solutions backed by strong service and support all with a return on investment (ROI) that credit unions can appreciate.”

February 24, 2020

Similar to how you take precautions to prepare and protect your home, the same measures can be applied to your School District’s “home”—the vital infrastructure which houses your most critical and sensitive data. In fact, the careful management of your “home” is essential to ensure the security of your School’s data. A well-managed infrastructure will also ensure that things are running smoothly for those who rely on the security and availability of your “home’s” vast network of information.

Security breaches and other harmful threats could place your School’s infrastructure at substantial risk. And without the proper foundation of products and services, you could be leaving the door wide open to serious threats that have the potential to jeopardize the security and availability of your School District’s data.

GBS’ Managed Technology Solutions offers a strong foundation of preparation and protection for your School District by safeguarding its vital infrastructure. Customized to meet your precise needs, our wide range of products and services is designed to insulate and ensure your system 24/7, guarding it from the potential risks and breaches that are becoming increasingly common, sophisticated and widespread.

For more information on how GBS’ Managed Technology Solutions can help safeguard your School District against harmful security threats, please contact us at 330.497.6728 or at

December 9, 2019

Nothing provides a greater threat to data security today than cyberattacks, where hackers use sophisticated methods and technologies to compromise all types of digital devices, including smartphones, tablets, individual computers and entire computer networks. If and when an attack succeeds, valuable data is breached and becomes available to the hackers, According to the Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds (64%) of all Americans have had their online data and information compromised via a major data breech, and have been impacted in at least one of the following ways:

  • 41% encountered fraudulent charges on their credit cards
  • 35% received notices that sensitive information (ex. account numbers) had be compromised
  • 16% said that someone had taken over their email accounts
  • 15% received notices that their Social Security number had been compromised
  • 14% said that someone had attempted to take out loans or lines of credit in their name
  • 13% said someone had taken over one of their social media accounts
  • 6& said that someone has impersonated them in order to file fraudulent tax returns

In addition, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that 1,632 data breeches were reported and tracked in 2017, leading to approximately 198 million records being exposed. In 2018, the total number of breaches actually fell to 1,244, but it’s estimated that more than 447 million consumer records were compromised. Businesses suffered the most breaches by industry, with a total of 571 (46% of the total number of breaches), while the healthcare industry fell victim to 363 breaches (29%).

Data Hacks and Breaches 101

December 3, 2019

EasySIGN is a simplified approach to collecting patient signatures, photos, and scanned ID cards at the Registration Center, bedside or anywhere from a mobile device. With EasySIGN, healthcare providers can quickly process patients and ensure that forms and consents are electronically signed and stored in the EHR for safekeeping.

Using a tablet and the hospital’s registration system, EasySIGN’s interactive forms are presented to the patient for completion and signature, and then seamlessly documented in the EHR. Providers can also (and easily) upload patient photos and IDs (drivers licenses and insurance cards), take payments, and get forms and consents signed, even at the bedside.

In addition, EasySIGN enables providers to register patients even when their computer network is down as well as allowing them to be able to reduce paper costs, enhance patient satisfaction, and increase return on investment with quicker registrations.

Features of GBS’ EasySIGN program include the following:                            Healthcare Graphic

  • Capture Patient Photos
  • Scan Wristband Barcodes
  • Capture Signatures Electronically
  • Capture Images (Insurance Cards, Driver’s Licenses, etc.)
  • Keyboard-Free Navigation
  • Reduced Registration Time
  • Improved Compliance
  • Easy Forms Completion
  • Error Reduction
  • Email / Print / Archive Capabilities
  • Add Patient Notes and History
  • Reduce Paper Waste
  • Compatible with Most EHR Systems
  • Compatible with Hospital Registration Systems
  • Enhances Hospital Payment Processing
  • Easy Patient Registration During Downtime Events


Call GBS at 800.349.4531 and schedule your FREE EasySIGN demonstration and ROI analysis today!

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