COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the expansion of online services offered through Ohio Business Central, a program he launched in October of 2013. The announcement is part of the Secretary’s ongoing goal to make it easier and more cost effective to start and maintain a business in Ohio.
“Since becoming Secretary of State, it has been my ongoing goal to offer better services at a lower cost and this is part of that goal,” Secretary Husted said.
When Secretary Husted took office in 2011, the agency accepted only hard copies of business filings. As part of Secretary Husted’s goal of providing better services at lower cost, Ohio Business Central was launched to offer an online filing option. Even before the program was publicly announced, businesses were already taking advantage of this new resource. The process which once took days or weeks to finish, now only takes hours.
Last month, six new forms were added to the online system; meaning 90 percent of business filings received by the Secretary of State’s office can now be completed on the Secretary of State’s website.
The new forms include:
- Foreign For Profit Corporation Application for License (530A)
- Foreign Nonprofit Corporation Application for License (530B)
- Registration of Foreign Corporate Name (530C)
- Certificate of Foreign Limited Partnership (513B)
- Registration of Foreign Limited Liability Company (533B)
- Statement of Qualification-Foreign Limited Liability Partnership (537)
With these forms, not only is it easy for businesses to start in Ohio, but it also makes it easier for businesses that do not have a headquarters in Ohio to expand in our state. Previously, companies from all over the world would have to communicate with the state through the mail or even hire a local entity in order to complete a simple process. Now corporations can easily go to their computer and complete this process online. Due to the simplicity and convenience, there have already been over 217 businesses file these forms online since becoming available.
In addition to the new business forms, the Secretary of State’s office now accepts credit cards with every filing both online and through the Client Service Center in downtown Columbus. This includes business filings, minsters licenses, notary commissions and apostilles.
The new forms are available at OhBusinessCentral.com or through the Business Portal on the Secretary of State’s website.