First steps for starting a business in Ohio

Business start buttonThe first step to starting a business in Ohio is filing with the Secretary of State’s office. The office offers a comprehensive checklist for Ohio entrepreneurs looking to turn their business dreams into reality, as well as, a number of guides to inform Ohioans on the many business filing options available.

Once your business is started, other Secretary of State services make it easy to do business in Ohio. Online Certificates of Good Standing allow you to request and print crucial information on your business. The new Filing Notification System is a free way for you to keep tabs on your filings by receiving email alerts anytime your filing is changed, helping protect your business against identity theft.

In addition, the office also promotes the work Ohio businesses are doing in the Buckeye State. Ohio Business Profile is a monthly web feature highlighting a number of businesses related around a common theme. Submit your business for recognition or suggest another business at

Finally, the Secretary of State’s office releases a Monthly Business Filings Report, analyzing the number of new business filings to gauge the health of Ohio’s economy. In January 2013, the office’s yearly review showed business filings have increased by 16.5 percent over the past three years.

By providing efficient, friendly service, the Secretary of State’s office is doing everything it can to help businesses that affect Ohio’s economy. For more information on these services and more, visit and do not forget to sign up to receive the Business Forward e-Newsletter for the latest updates.



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