COLUMBUS - Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile Program will be featuring “businesses visited by presidents” throughout the month of July.
It's a Presidential Election year and there's no state in the nation that's more important to the outcome of the Presidential Election than Ohio," Secretary Husted said. "Since 1964 no president has been elected without winning Ohio."
"Many presidents and candidates visit popular local businesses that are doing interesting and innovative things to show Americans how connected they are to the Buckeye state," Secretary Husted added. "These visits are a big honor and help put local businesses on the national stage."
Companies profiled this month include:
- Katzinger's Delicatessen (Columbus, Ohio) is a deli serving homemade sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts in the heart of German Village. Katzinger's was visited by President Bill Clinton alongside Senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) and then-Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware) in 1994.
- Cleveland Whiskey, LLC (Cleveland, Ohio) is an award-winning whiskey distillery including a Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco International Spirits Competition and the Berlin International Spirits Competition Whiskey Distillery Innovator of the Year. President Barack Obama has visited Cleveland Whiskey, LLC.
- The Golden Lamb (Lebanon, Ohio) is a hotel with Shaker-inspired decor and a regional dining destination serving a classic menu with fresh ingredients. In its 200-year history 12 U.S. Presidents have visited the Golden Lamb during or after their time in office.
- Tony Packo's (Toledo, Ohio) was founded in 1932 by Hungarian immigrants and has become a celebrity favorite for their original hot dogs, pickles, peppers and sauce. In 1972 the Packo bun signing tradition began and currently there are signed buns on display from Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
- The Red Brick Tavern (London, Ohio) is the second-oldest stagecoach stop still operating in Ohio. Visitors can step back into history and admire the antiques collected at the Red Brick Tavern and share a meal together. Presidents John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Warren G. Harding have all visited the Red Brick Tavern.
- Market No. 9 (Chillicothe, Ohio) is an Ohio-sourced whole-food and living market focused on providing non-GMO and organic food from artisans and farmers who work toward and support sustainable products. President Bill Clinton visited Market No. 9.
- EMC Precision (Elyria, Ohio) is a family-owned and operated businesses founded in 1925 that provides state-of-the-art precision-machined products and assemblies to their customers. EMC Precision was recently visited by President Barack Obama.
In January 2016, Secretary Husted announced that 2015 was Ohio’s sixth consecutive year of record business growth and Ohio set an all-time, one-month record in March 2016. 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.