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Secretary Husted Recognizes Nonprofit and Volunteer Businesses in March 2016 Ohio Business Profile

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COLUMBUS –Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile Program will be featuring “Nonprofit and Volunteer Businesses” throughout the month of March.

“The nonprofit organizations operating in every community in our state are truly changing the future of Ohio and brightening people’s lives,” Secretary Husted said. “These organizations are using their business instincts to solve problems in our communities and they are making an impact.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Cincinnati Union Bethel (Cincinnati, Ohio) is the oldest social service agency in the Buckeye State. CUB currently provides early childhood education, services for trafficked and prostituted women and safe and affordable housing units for women.
  • UNCHAINED (Columbus, Ohio) raises awareness about human trafficking through the UNCHAINED fashion show, offer training and education to volunteers and scholarships to survivors of human trafficking.
  • Hannah’s Socks (Perrysburg, Ohio) was inspired by a four-year old’s desire to give her socks to a homeless man as an act of kindness. Hannah’s Socks collects and donates socks to people affected by homelessness in Ohio and Michigan.
  • Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (Athens, Ohio) is a 17-member coalition working to improve the lives of low-income people throughout the Appalachian region through workforce training, meeting family needs and education.
  • The Dayton Foundation (Dayton, Ohio) collaborates with community initiatives and donors to enrich the Greater Dayton region to strengthen families and help meet present and future community needs through investing and managing charitable funds.
  • Free to Smile Foundation (Columbus, Ohio) based in Ohio’s capital city, provides free cleft lip and palette surgeries and dental care to patients in Guatemala, Cambodia, Tibet, Niger and Ethiopia. Dental professionals volunteer their time and travel so that all donations go directly to patient care.
  • Crayons to Classrooms (Dayton, Ohio) provide school supplies at no cost to teachers and schools that serve economically disadvantaged students in the Greater Dayton area. Since 2009, they have donated over $9 million in merchandise.
  • Havar, Inc. (Marietta, Ohio) supports and employs Ohioans with developmental disabilities in the Marietta and Athens areas. They offer daily support services as needed, academic and recreational classes and integrated employment opportunities.
  • Rebuilding Together Central Ohio (Columbus, Ohio) preserves and revitalizes homes in Central Ohio to improve the homes and lives of neighbors in need. Volunteers donate their time and resources to impact their communities.
  • Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) (Cleveland, Ohio) assists individuals with disabilities and strives to advance a society of equal opportunity for all people. LEAP offers services to help Ohioans overcome barriers and live independently.
  • Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (Columbus, Ohio) strives to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations by providing programs, services, research and education to enable nonprofits to be good stewards of their funding and impactful in their communities.
  • Koinonia Homes, Inc. (Independence, Ohio) partners with people with developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling and enriched lives through residential services, day programs and vocational and employment services.
  • Experience Columbus (Columbus, Ohio) is dedicated to making Columbus a visitor and leisure destination. Increasing visitors to the Greater Columbus area generates an economic impact and supports local businesses.

In January 2016, Secretary Husted announced that 2015 was Ohio’s sixth consecutive year of record business growth. Ohio has seen a 21.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses and a 24.4 percent drop in rejections from 2010 to 2015. This growth can largely be attributed to Secretary Husted’s efforts to provide better customer service to Ohio businesses by reducing the costs associated with registering a new business, ensuring faster processing time and launching online services at the Ohio Business Central.

In addition, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program in 2015. Ohio businesses now have easy access to free tools through Google when they apply to start a business online with the Secretary of State’s office and 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.

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