Northeast Ohio Companies Thrive Despite Economy, Says NEO Growth Watch

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New business Â?barometerÂ? developed by local Web development experts at The Karcher Group showcases successful Northeast Ohio businesses

If you think the local economy is in the dumps, it’s time to check again. Many Northeast Ohio companies are thriving, according to a new online business barometer called NEO Growth Watch (

NEO Growth Watch is designed to showcase the successes of Northeast Ohio and Stark County small businesses. The Karcher Group developed the project to show residents that there are plenty of innovative, growing companies in the region.

“There are businesses in our own backyard that are creating new jobs and generating revenue,” says Geoff Karcher, The Karcher Group president. “We hope to inspire other local business owners by showcasing the positive environments at these companies, as well attract new opportunities for our neighborhoods by demonstrating that Northeast Ohio is a good place to be.”

Even at this early stage, the Growth Watch project is receiving a warm welcome from local businesses leaders. Rich Craig, a partner with The 415 Group, believes that it’s a long overdue necessity for Northeast Ohio.

“It frustrates me to only see the job losses and plant closings on the news when I have clients in town that are far outperforming their national and international peers,” says Craig. “I know the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce has increased its membership by 250 companies over the past three years - a 100% increase in total membership. That shouldn't be happening if the economy in this area is as bad as the national news makes it out to be.”

Other local economic development groups, such as Team NEO, look forward to working with NEO Growth Watch.

“Team NEO congratulates NEO Growth Watch in their efforts to spread the good news about Northeast Ohio,” says Robert C. Farley, President of Team NEO. “The ability to communicate our region’s successes helps to get the word out about the positive things happening in the region.”

If you are a local business owner and would like to support growth in Northeast Ohio or share an innovative approach that’s worked for your business, participate in NEO Growth Watch. All Stark County and Northeast Ohio small businesses are invited to get involved in the project by completing an online form available now at or contacting Geoff Karcher at 800-310-0317.

The Karcher Group is an industry leader in high-end Web development, marketing and hosting services, and offers advanced search engine marketing strategies to Web site owners and managers. Located in Canton, Ohio, The Karcher Group combines design, talent and technology with extraordinary customer service. For more information, call 1-800-310-0317 or visit


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