Home to the Cleveland Browns and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland is located on the Lake Erie shore in northern Ohio. The city includes a mix of downtown, historic and emerging neighborhoods.


The Cleveland region enjoys a diverse economy fueled by financial, legal and healthcare services, as well as bio-sciences, technology and manufacturing. The area is home to 27 accredited colleges and universities graduating about 30,000 students each year.

Small Business Franchising Costs

A lower-than-average cost of living makes Cleveland an attractive place to live and do business. Cleveland’s tax structure is also business-friendly. KPMG conducted an extensive international study and ranked the Ohio city in the top 20.

Franchise Friendliness

The Council of Smaller Enterprises provides a group purchasing program, assistance with legislative and regulatory issues, networking and educational resources.


The Neighborhood Retail Association provides grant and loan assistance to retail-related businesses with an eye toward upgrading exteriors in retail districts.


The Cleveland Partnership, the local chamber of commerce, partners with public and private agencies to match qualified workers with Cleveland employees

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