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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Secretary Husted Marks Six Months of Online Business Filing in Ohio
More than 13,000 online filings received, one in five new businesses started online.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that since allowing Ohioans to create a business and submit other filings online, 13,190 customers have taken advantage of the convenience. In six short months, one in five of all new businesses formed in Ohio were done online.

“We’ve made it easier to start a business in Ohio and as a result, more people are taking advantage of it,” Secretary Husted said. “We have effectively cut the red tape and rolled out the red carpet, which results in more companies choosing Ohio as the place to do business and create jobs.”

In October 2013, as part of an ongoing effort to improve and modernize the way the Secretary of State’s office handles business, Secretary Husted launched Ohio Business Central. Enabling business owners to file online is a benefit to customers and taxpayers alike, reducing paper and streamlining the process. That means customer service is up and processing times are down from as many as four days to one and half days on average.

Forms currently available for online filing include those for forming a limited liability company in Ohio, renewals for trade or fictitious names, biennial reports for professional associations or limited liability partnerships, statements of continued existence for nonprofit corporations, reinstatement and appointment of agents, as well as certificates of limited partnership. Collectively, these forms represent approximately half of all filings received by the Secretary of State’s office in 2012. Based on the success of Ohio Business Central so far, Secretary Husted plans to roll out additional opportunities to start a business online by the end of the year.

“Business filings can now be done 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Ohio – it couldn’t be more convenient,” Secretary Husted said. “We are hearing from customers who instead of filing in states like Delaware, say they are now choosing Ohio where it’s not only faster than before, but less costly.”

Secretary Husted noted that with lower taxes and an overall better business climate, more companies are choosing the Buckeye State. Ohio saw a record number of new business filings in 2012 with 88,068, and again in 2013 when 89,735 companies were filed in Ohio. In the first few months of 2014, new business filings are trending toward another record year. 

Additional information on the Ohio Business Central, including testimonials from Ohio business owners, is available online here.

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For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.

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