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Secretary Husted Announces December Ohio Business Profiles


Featured companies showcase skilled artisans building businesses around handmade gifts.

COLUMBUS – With the holiday season upon us, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that December’s Ohio Business Profile features six companies owned and operated by skilled individuals who have used their handmade talents as the foundation for establishing successful business ventures in the Buckeye State.

“Each of the companies profiled this month demonstrate the ingenuity and ability of so many local entrepreneurs in Ohio who use their skills to create crafts and goods we can all be proud to give or receive as gifts this holiday season,” Secretary Husted said. “I encourage all Ohioans to shop local this year because in addition to getting quality products, it bolsters local economies.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Sirius Alpacas – Chagrin Falls – Former alpaca farmers who work with Ohio fleece producers to sell their yarns for socks, scarves, blankets, and a variety of other products.
  • Buck & Libby – Cincinnati – Started by a local illustrator and designer, the company creates hand-drawn illustrations for a line of charming products that are sure to brighten your home and your day.
  • Elida Candle Company – Elida – Producing hand-crafted soy candles, fragrance cubes and room sprays, the business has grown from originally only making eight scents in 2011 to more than 120 today. 
  • Lulu & Max – Kent – Family-owned and operated, the company uses fresh milk straight from their Lancaster farm to produce goat milk soaps, in addition to gourmet loose leaf tea and face creams.
  • Sparkvites – Findlay – Founded in 2011 as a wedding stationery design shop, this local business continues to add new products, including rubber stamps and greeting cards – all of which are original and handmade here in Ohio.
  • Groundhog Studio, LLC – Cincinnati – A proud eco-friendly company, utilizing recycled materials to make many of their products, including handmade plush critters, monsters and pillows that are made from up-cycled sweaters.


Launched in June 2011, Ohio Business Profile has helped raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website at, where Ohioans are encouraged to go to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

Secretary Husted’s office also releases a monthly report of new business filings in Ohio. Recent data has shown that the number of newly-registered businesses in Ohio is up for the year as compared to the same timeframe last year.


For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2168.


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