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Secretary Husted Announces August 2015 Ohio Business Profiles

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Secretary Husted Announces August 2015 Ohio Business Profiles

August is Tourism Month

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced “Tourism” as this month’s feature in the Ohio Business Profile Program. All businesses selected aim to feature Ohio’s history and beauty for her citizens, while also making the Buckeye State a destination for travelers.

“Ohio is more than just a great place to work and raise your family; it also has a rich history and a lot of things to see and do from museums and architecture to exploring the great outdoors,” Secretary Husted said.

In 2014, 200 million people made Ohio a destination on their vacations and travels, adding $40 billion to the state’s economy. The tourism industry in the state also boasts more than 400,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs.

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Armstrong Air & Space Museum (Wapakoneta, Ohio) shares the stories of Neil Armstrong and all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity, the history of the Space Race and details current space exploration. Conveniently located within three hours of 10 major cities, the museum tells the story of the state with one of the richest aerospace heritages.
  • Bonnybrook Farms (Clarksville, Ohio) has been celebrating Ohio’s rich agricultural heritage for 40 years. The 370-acre farm in Warren County is one of the finest equestriean centers in the Midwest and has become a popular destination for families, school groups, corporate picnics and weddings.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio) is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes nearly 45,000 objects, spanning 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. A Cleveland staple for nearly a century, the museum currently employs 400 full-time and part-time workers.
  • Children’s Museum of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio) works to provide a facility for children to play and learn through hands-on experiences. Their newest exhibit, Little Main Street, welcomed over 16,000 visitors since it was opened in July 2014.
  • COSI (Columbus, Ohio) is driven to inspire the scientists, dreamers and innovators of tomorrow. One of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States, COSI has been named America’s number-one science center for families and has engaged more than 32 million people across the globe between their onsite and outreach programs.
  • The Dairy Barn Arts Center (Athens, Ohio) aims to offer exhibitions, events and educational programs that nurture and promote area artists and artisans. They provide opportunities for artists to teach, create and sell work in a 101-year-old dairy barn in Southwest Ohio.
  • Ravenwood Castle (New Plymouth, Ohio) is a country inn located in one of the most scenic regions of Ohio, Hocking Hills. They host numerous events each year, including weddings, beer tastings, board game conventions and murder mysteries. The grounds feature a number of different lodging options from castle rooms to cottages.
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Akron, Ohio) was originally built by the Seiberling family, co-founders of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and still celebrates the heritage that gave Akron the title of “Rubber Capital of the World.” Built in 1915, the non-profit historic house and museum is the sixth largest home open to the public in the United States, featuring 65 rooms and a nearly 65,000 square foot Manor House.
  • Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio) was founded in 1901 and has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, innovative and extensive education programs and an architecturally significant campus. More than 30,000 works of art are contained within, while the museum itself features the popular Glass Pavilion, which honors her home city’s heritage as the Glass City and the Birthplace of American Studio Glass.
  • The Wilds (Cumberland, Ohio) is a private, non-profit safari park that combines cutting-edge conservation science with animal adventures. The grounds span more than 9,100 acres in Southeast Ohio and serve as the largest wildlife conservation center for endangered species in North America.

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, where Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

The Secretary of State’s office also releases a monthly report of new business filings in Ohio and recent data has shown that Ohio experienced another record year for the number of newly-registered businesses. One reason for the growth has been the launch of online services. In October 2013, Secretary Husted launched Ohio Business Central allowing businesses to file some of the most commonly used forms online and services continue to be expanded. Since January 2011, more than 373,000 filings have been submitted and half of all new companies are now started online in Ohio.

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