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Help Start Your Business

Online Filings for Your Business


For the first time in Ohio, many required business filings with the Secretary of State’s office can now be completed online. Ohio Business Central provides access to many commonly-used forms, streamlining the process for business owners. Forms currently available for online completion include:

  • Forming a limited liability company in Ohio;
  • Renewals for trade and fictitious names;
  • Biennial reports for professional associations and limited liability partnerships; and,
  • Statements of continued existence for nonprofit corporations.

These forms represent approximately 50 percent of all filings received by the Secretary of State's office in 2012.

Businesses can file online via the Secretary of State's Ohio Business Central, at www.OhioSecretaryofState.gov, after creating a profile to access the secure site. Once logged in, users can select from the available options, provide payment for filing fees and manage their account. The online system allows businesses to complete the submission process, from start to finish, in less than one day in some cases.

By utilizing technology to improve the services available from the Secretary of State's office, Ohio is now in position to roll out the red carpet to business and job creation by cutting the red tape.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office at (877) SOS-FILE (767-3453) or visit the Secretary of State's Business Services page.

 

What You Need to Know

The Secretary of State’s office wants to help Ohio businesses succeed. To help entrepreneurs navigate the various types of filings required to establish a business in Ohio, the Secretary of State’s office offers several useful publications. To download an electronic copy or to receive any of these guides free of charge, visit the Secretary of State’s publications page.

Current available publications include:
Business services Publications


Checklist for New Businesses
Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Partnership in Ohio
Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship in Ohio
Guide to Secured Transactions Filing in Ohio
Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio


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