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Secretary Husted Announces December 2015 as Family-Centered Businesses Month

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Secretary Husted Announces December 2015 as Family-Centered Businesses Month

COLUMBUS –Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced “Family” as the December 2015 theme in the Ohio Business Profile Program. With the holiday season in full swing, this designation highlights businesses that are run by and those that offer support to Ohio families.

“One of the great things about family owned businesses is that the people who run them really are part of the community. They give back through volunteer and charitable work all the time, they aren’t just focused on this quarter’s earnings, they’re focused on the tested values that help make businesses and families strong for the long run,” Secretary Husted said.

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Reitter Stucco and Supply Co. Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) is a fourth-generation family owned company serving the residential and commercial building markets of Central Ohio since 1915. The company is a leader in the industry and has completed projects on Central Ohio landmarks and family oriented institutions like Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Columbus Zoo, COSI and the Columbus Convention Center.
  • Feasel’s Garden Center and Gift Shoppe (Findlay, Ohio) is a family owned and operated full-service garden center and gift shoppe that also specializes in landscaping and grounds maintenance. As a family owned business, they are dedicated to giving back to the community by hosting free family activities each season such as Christmas train rides, visits with Santa and live reindeer and children’s crafts.
  • The Homeless Families Foundation (Columbus, Ohio) provided community support to 254 families and children facing homelessness last year. The foundation educates children through afterschool and summer programming while also empowering families to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency.
  • Newlon Tire, Inc. (New Lexington, Ohio) has served Southeastern Ohio in the automotive and farm service industry since 1979. The Newlon family has worked in the automotive industry together since 1914 and takes pride in doing business with multiple generations of families in their community, giving back to veterans and sponsoring local family events.
  • PatchWorks House (Tiffin, Ohio) connects families in conflict or crisis situations with services to create and encourage safe and cooperative parenting and family interactions. The staff at PatchWorks House understands that family life can be challenging, their parenting coordination, mediation and education services seek to strengthen families experiencing difficulties.

In fall 2015, Secretary Husted announced two new initiatives to propel small business growth in Ohio including the reduction of costs associated with filing a new business in the state. Secretary Husted is also now a Google “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” partner, giving new and existing Ohio businesses easy access to free tools through the web giant such as free web hosting and placement on Google’s map and search tools. Ohio is now the least costly state in the region to start and maintain a new business. Learn more by reading Secretary Husted’s guest column in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

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 shows Ohio is on track for 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 397,000 filings have been submitted and half of all new companies are now started online in Ohio.

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