Review the Business Climate

How it's done

The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Cleveland and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in Cleveland?

We have compiled the most important aspects of Cleveland’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in Cleveland and assistance available to Cleveland businesses.

  • State personal income tax rates ranging from 0%-5%, depending on income
  • State Commercial Activity Tax (CAT Tax): 0.26% tax on gross receipts over $1 million from business activities in Ohio
  • State & Local Combined Sales & Use Tax of 8%
  • Combined City/School District/County Property Tax rate on Commercial/Industrial Property of 3.34% of market value
  • City income tax rate of 2.50% levied on income of individuals and businesses


State income tax rates for taxable years beginning in 2018:

Ohio Taxable Income

Tax Calculation

$0 - $10,850


$10,851 – $16,300

$80.56 + 1.980% of excess over $10,851

$16,300 – $21,730

$188.47 + 2.476% of excess over $16,300

$21,750 – $43,450

$323.41 + 2.969% of excess over $21,750

$43,450 – $86,900

$967.68 + 3.465% of excess over $43,450

$86,900 – $108,700

$2,473.22 + 3.960% of excess over $86,900

$108,700 – $217,400

$3,336.50 + 4.597% of excess over $108,700

More than $217,400

$8,333.44 + 4.997% of excess over $217,400

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimize risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labor that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and state costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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