The franchise operation offers swimming classes and open swim programs.

JACKSON TWP.  Swimming lessons soon will be offered at Park Centre, once the pool is built.

Goldfish Swim School plans to be operating in January in a space at 7245 Whipple Ave. NW. Work started in October to build a pool in a 9,000 square foot space.

Vincent O'Leary, general manager for the business, said the pool should be open for visits late in December.

It will be the fourth Goldfish Swim School franchise in Northeast Ohio. O'Leary has been working at a location in Hudson since it opened in August 2017.

The company formed in 2006 when Jenny and Chris McCuiston opened a swim school in Birmingham, Mich. Goldfish Swim School opened its first franchise location in 2009 and now has more than 80 schools open or being developed in 26 states and Canada.

O'Leary grew up in Copley and comes from a family of competitive swimmers. His first job, at age 15, was giving swim lessons, he said.

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The business provides swim lessons and water safety instruction for children starting at 4 months and up to 12 years old. Classes have up to four students with one instructor. Families can have children of different ages and skill levels in the pool at the same time.

Goldfish Swim School also offers weekly family swims and party packages. The facility will include an air conditioned gallery where parents can watch lessons, a family dressing area with private changing rooms, snack bar and retail shop.

Families can enroll at any time for classes at Goldfish. For more information, visit or call 330-822-6921.

Business success stories

The success of four small businesses aided by SCORE and the Ohio Small Business Development Center will be recognized during a luncheon next week.

SCORE clients being recognized are Aunt Susie's Cancer Wellness Center for Women, based in North Canton; Artistic Environmental Photography, in Canton; and Landes Eye Associates, in Fairlawn. American Blue Collar Canine, based in Canton, will be recognized after working with the Small Business Development Center.

SCORE and SBDC work with small companies throughout the region to provide mentoring and help in a variety of areas, such as developing a business plan.

Kimberly Glover, of American Blue Collar Canine, started working with the SBDC after attending the Highland Canine School for trainers, where she learned how to train all types of service dogs. The center helped Glover with her business plan and offered guidance as she launched the business. SBDC said it is recognizing Glover for her vision and innovation.

SCORE is honoring Aunt Susie's Cancer Wellness Center for Woman because of its wide variety of offerings, including free services for woman being treated with cancer, as well as for their families.

SCORE helped David Lile develop a business plan that helped him transform a pastime into a second career. Work he has produced through Artistic Environmental Photography now graces art galleries, the offices of a national accounting firm and a college administration building.

Dr. Allison Landes and Dr. Marc Landes, a husband and wife team, launched their own practice in 2017. Allison Landes had been working at the Fairlawn location for five years before acquiring the practice. The couple has been working with SCORE to help the business grow.

SCORE and SBDC both have offices in the Conference Center at Kent State University Stark campus. Both are non-profit organizations that offer mentoring, consulting and guidance to help small businesses grow.

The luncheon is Dec. 4 at the Conference Center, with social hour starting at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon at noon. The event is sponsored by Consumers National Bank and Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty.

Housing sales flat

Housing sales in Northeast Ohio counties and statewide remain flat compared with last year, according to numbers reported by the Ohio Association of Realtors.

In the 20 counties — including Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll — that are part of the Yes Multiple Listing Service, sales rose 2.1 percent during October, with 4,450 houses selling. The average price on a house rose 4.2 percent to $166,916 compared with $160,232. Statewide, 13,205 houses were sold in October, which was one more than 13,204 sold last year.

Through the first 10 months, 42,165 houses have sold around Northeast Ohio, up 0.4 percent from 42,016 in 2017. The average price on a house is $166,923, a 5.6-percent gain compared with $158,080 last year. Statewide real estate agents have sold 128,940 houses, down 0.7 percent from 129,796 sold through October 2017.

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