small business

photo of The Cover of the report on microbusinesses from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND / THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND

New business startup rates in Ohio and across the U.S. remain low despite a growing economy. The latest study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers one explanation for the trend. 

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An income tax break for Ohio’s small businesses in recent years is under fire from Democrats and some Republicans. They say the current budget situation shows it’s time to end that tax cut. Gov. John Kasich is firmly rejecting those suggestions.

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The Akron Urban League has renewed a partnership that will allow it to continue helping minority-owned small businesses in the area.

The Ohio Development Services Agency has again named the group as one of seven partners in its Minority Business Assistance Center program.

The assistance centers help minority businesses get state benefits, and provide business training.

photo of Microbusiness Center
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Entrepreneurs in Akron now have a new space downtown from which to launch a new business.

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is now home to the Microbusiness Center, a shared work space that can be used for free and includes office equipment and Wi-Fi.

Funded by a $190,000 Knight Foundation grant, the center is in the first-floor space in the Main Library previously used by the Library Shop, which has moved to the second floor.