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Expanded services will allow roughly 80 percent of all filings received to be done online.
COLUMBUS – As part of a continuing mission to make it easier for people to do business in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced during a speech to the National Association of Women Business Owners of Columbus that his office is once again expanding online services available to entrepreneurs looking to start or maintain a company in the state.
“When I arrived in office four years ago it was a paper process that took four days, now 80 percent of what we do can be done online and turned around in 24 hours or less,” Secretary Husted said. “This is a big reason why we are on course to have another record year in new business starts in Ohio.”
In October of 2013, Secretary Husted launched Ohio Business Central – an online filing system for businesses – to simplify the process for companies, benefitting both customers and taxpayers. As a result, the time it takes to process a customer’s paperwork has been reduced and administrative operations have been streamlined – making government more efficient. Additionally, the system was built in house, using existing resources.
Starting tomorrow, companies will be able to register trade and fictitious names and update statutory agents. Also available online are limited liability company dissolutions. The expanded services build upon Ohio Business Central’s existing offerings, which include forming a limited liability company in Ohio, renewing a trade or fictitious names and filing biennial reports for professional associations or limited liability partnerships, as well as statements of continued existence for nonprofit corporations.
With a majority of the most frequently-used forms available online, approximately 80 percent of all filings received by the Secretary of State’s office can now be done conveniently online.
“In Ohio we are rolling out the red carpet to business and job creation by cutting the red tape,” Secretary Husted said. “By making it easier to start a business, more people are choosing Ohio to set up shop.”
The popularity of online business filings is growing. Since Ohio Business Central launched, nearly 23,000 filings have been submitted and one in three new companies is now started online in the state. Overall, the state saw a record-setting number of new businesses file during the previous two year in 2012 and 2013, with 88,068 and 89,735 new companies filing to do business in Ohio respectively. With the current pace of new business filings ahead the same time period last year, Ohio is on track to have another record-setting year in 2014.
For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.