COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 7,687 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in May. These numbers are up compared to May 2011, in which 7,304 new entities filed with the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office has assisted with 39,252 new business filings to date in 2012 (January-May). This is a slight increase from the same time period last year, in which there were 37,157 new business filings.
Though the most visible role of the Secretary of State is that of chief elections officer, the office is also the first stop for individuals or companies who want to file and start a business in Ohio. While recognizing these numbers can’t provide a complete picture of Ohio’s jobs climate, they are an important indicator of economic activity that Secretary Husted hopes will add to the discussion of how to improve the state’s overall climate for business.
NOTE: New business filings are classified as forms filed with the Ohio Secretary of State that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.