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Support Local This Holiday Season

 Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winter weather has arrived and Christmas songs are playing on the radio all across Ohio. Whether we were ready for it or not, the holidays are here. As Tina and I look forward to spending time with family and friends, we are also among the millions of other folks who are trying to wrap up their Christmas shopping.

As you scour store shelves and online deals in search of the perfect gifts for those you love, I hope you will consider taking a look at what Ohio companies and small businesses have to offer. A great place to start your search is

The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office is the first stop companies need to make before they can do business in Ohio. When I became Secretary of State, we decided to take a closer look at our ever-growing database of more than 1.1 million Ohio businesses. Through and social media, we feature companies that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding services and contributing to their local communities all while employing Ohioans in the process.

We have found that there is no shortage of outstanding companies in Ohio worthy of your holiday business.

Each month, we feature a handful of diverse businesses that are linked together by a common theme. This December, and just in time for the holidays, we are featuring companies that make goods by hand right here in Ohio as part of our theme “Handmade for the Holidays.”

I encourage you to check out the companies we’ve discovered. Their profile pages will tell you a little about their histories, how many people they employ and what they like about doing business in Ohio. It is uplifting to read and a great way to get unique gift ideas. While you are there, if you know of a company deserving of this recognition, please send us your ideas.

From my family to yours, have a very happy and safe holiday season.


Secretary Husted is Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State and brings a strong record of leadership and a unique breadth of experience to the office.

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