Found a few articles and links and want to keep ‘em handy.
This one will help make the permalinks look less ‘bloggy’: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-no-category-base/
Better search experience and styling: http://txfx.net/wordpress-plugins/nice-search/
Better CMS functionality within WP: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fresh-page/
An explaination on how to utilize multisite and some coding to leverage it: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/11/17/wordpress-multisite-practical-functions-methods/