AVON LAKE, Ohio — This year has been tough for small business owners around the country. Thousands of them have closed citing the pandemic as their reasoning. But in Avon Lake, the city’s economic development director Ted Esborn said, small businesses are thriving.
“We are very proud to be able to say that we’ve opened more businesses during the pandemic than have closed. So it’s actually been a good year for business openings,” Esborn said.
Esborn said nearly 10 new businesses have opened from March until present time with about five closings. He added that most of the new businesses are small and locally owned, which aligns with what he called the heart of the city’s local economy.
While new businesses forge their own paths to success, Esborn and other city representatives are working with established business owners and developers in town collecting feedback to improve the…