Support Local This Holiday Season: Message From Secretary Husted
This holiday season, I encourage everyone to direct some of their shopping budgets to a local business.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 98 percent of all employers in Ohio and employ nearly half of our private sector workforce. Many of these independent businesses participated in “Small Business Saturday” on November 30th (although, I feel confident that they stand ready to serve year round!).
Shopping local is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for loved ones, while supporting the local mom and pops who can’t afford to participate in the onslaught of holiday advertising. The money you spend stays in the community and also encourages variety and competition in the marketplace -- the gifts that keep on giving.
So who will you be supporting this holiday season? Share it with me by nominating your favorite local business to be featured as part of the Ohio Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Profile. Visit www.OhioBusinessProfile.com for more information.
Ohio Secretary of State
Ohio Business Profile
Ohioans should be proud of the businesses that call the Buckeye State home. To celebrate the work being done in Ohio, the Secretary of State’s office launched Ohio Business Profile, a monthly feature highlighting a number of Ohio businesses in a common industry or sector. Since June 2011, more than 200 Ohio businesses from all around the state have been profiled.
Profiled companies are known for creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their communities and employing Ohioans. As we work to improve Ohio’s overall business climate, the demonstrated successes of existing Ohio companies can be one of the best marketing tools we have to encourage others to invest here, creating jobs and economic activity.
Businesses are selected to display a diverse geographic, industrial and size representation. Profiles are created based on information provided by each business. Profiles can be viewed at www.OhioBusinessProfile.com or through the Secretary of State’s Facebook page. All Ohioans are encouraged to submit suggestions for future profiles on this site.