Focus: Small Business – Crain’s Cleveland Business

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This week’s Crain’s Focus Section examines the small business sector in Northeast Ohio. Here is a quick look at the stories included in section: 

Snail mail’s sluggish problem: Empathetic clientele didn’t make the situation any less frustrating for small business owners caught up in the United States Postal Service’s cost-cutting measures that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cleveland owners dealt with dissatisfied customers as packages piled up at post offices, with some untracked items making a long circuit among several states.

HarvestOwl wisely leans into COVID shift to residential clientele: The company — which provides meal deliveries to on-site refrigerators, where individuals pick them up at their convenience — took a huge hit as its 75 corporate clients closed their doors in March. But a move into large residential buildings opened up a new market for the small business.

Tax Tips: While new President Joe Biden’s proposals have to be passed by Congress, it is not too soon to begin thinking about how the latest change of administration in Washington, D.C., could affect your business and personal tax planning. 

JobsOhio funding will give Sperry & Rice room to grow: The rubber and sponge manufacturer is expanding its Holmes County operations to increase production. The move will add 30 jobs in the next three years.

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