Weekly Focus: Small Business

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:

Coventry, Cedar Lee districts weather changing times: Although Cedar Lee has enjoyed an influx of investment compared to Coventry’s recent struggles, officials and merchants from both destinations are cautiously optimistic regarding their respective neighborhoods’ health.

Is success baked in for Whoa! Dough startup?: After more than a decade helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses, Todd Goldstein, the co-founder and chief executive of LaunchHouse, has started his own business producing a line of healthy-yet-indulgent snack bars.

Now’s the time to revisit parental leave policies: When Ohio employers opt to provide paid parental leave benefits to employees, they must be careful to do so in ways that are nondiscriminatory.

Tax dispute clarifies transferring ownership via ESOPs: A recent appeals court case has potentially significant implications for companies planning an ownership succession using an employee stock ownership plan.