Federal Relief Aid a necessity for small restaurants and businesses

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, several businesses were forced to shut their doors or cut hours in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. As a result, many businesses shut down permanently, while others changed to accommodate new restrictions. Restaurants in particular have been hit the hardest. A poll conducted by the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) from July 29 through August 4 found that while more than 75% of Ohio restaurants have reopened, most of them are operating at 50% or less of their normal capacity. Should this persist, more than 50% of restaurants expect forced closure within nine months. “80% of restaurants don’t think

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Transportation Network Services might be an ‘Uber’ issue in Kent

By Heather Inglis and Rachel Godin When the weekend approaches and the students of Kent State find themselves ready to let loose downtown, two questions always pops up: “How will we get there?” and “How will we get home?” Between far walking distances and unpredictable Ohio weather patterns, students look to taxi services to safely get where they need to go. However, getting an actual taxi can be difficult and costly—that’s where Uber comes in. Uber, and a similar app called Lyft, are taxi service apps that allow anyone to get a ride wherever they need on demand. Uber’s website says, “by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps,

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The gap between downtown and East Main Street businesses

Group Members: Emily Crilley, Alicia Balog, Alaina Altieri, Megan Brown Walking through Downtown Kent, visitors can explore, eat and shop at new businesses that have moved to the area, seeing the work the city has done to build up downtown over the past four years. “Mostly the City works at the macro level, trying to make the downtown a great place to do business and marketing Kent in general, so that Kent is on investor’s radar screen,” Kent City Manager Dave Ruller wrote in an email. Although Ruller wrote the city doesn’t own storefront properties downtown, it works with building landlords to keep track of what places are available in

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Booming business downtown means rising income tax returns

Tax collections rise steadily with new Kent employment Over the past two years, more than 50 businesses have opened in Kent. With these new businesses come construction and part-time jobs, as well as permanent employment. As these employment rates rise, the city benefits in yet another way from booming business: increasing income tax collections. Kent collected $1,205,984 in September income tax receipts, a nearly 23 percent increase from last September’s collections (980,892). (difference of 225,092) That brings the city’s year-date-collections to about $9.38 million, a 7 percent increase over the same period in 2012. “2012 was a particularly good year for us, and a lot of that had to do

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Bar 145 Progress Report

Bar 145 opened nearly a year ago and is still continuing to prosper and make improvements. Nicole Septaric and Cassaundra Smith discuss how they are doing and what plans they have for the future. [rpavideo caption = “Nicole breaks down some of the developments Bar 145 saw in its first year.”]RPA_07_Septaric_Bar145[/rpavideo] Bar 145 continues to grow and prosper By Cassie Smith KENT, OHIO — Dan Edmondson, general manager of Bar 145, has watched the business grow from the shell of a building to the success it has become today. “I was here when it was just plumbing and concrete,” he said. Naturally, when the bar opened nearly a year ago,

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