COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature minority-owned businesses throughout the month of February.
Ohio has over 120,000 minority-owned businesses making up 13.5 percent of the total number of businesses in the Buckeye State.
“Diversity is an important part of innovation, and that’s why having a strong, minority-owned business community in the state of Ohio is important to our growth and future economic success,” Secretary Husted said.
Companies profiled this month include:
- Black Frog Brewery (Holland, Ohio) is leading the way as being one of the only African American craft beer brewers in the country.
- Elements IV Interiors (Dayton, Ohio) is a full-service office furniture dealership. They started in 1990 and currently have 43 employees.
- EnVision Proven Success (Columbus, Ohio) aims to provide knowledge and resources to empower women and assist them in improving their quality of life.
- Just Naturally Yummy Bakery and Catering Co. LLC. (Columbus, Ohio) is a family-owned and operated bakery that prides themselves on their healthy, great tasting baked goods.
- Sallie’s Wholesale Construction Inc. (Mansfield, Ohio) is a construction company that started in 1992. They offer an array of products and work with a wide range of customers from private industries to federal government agencies.
From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.1 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses with 2016 being the seventh-consecutive record-breaking year for new businesses in the state.
Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched the Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.
Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 making people aware of Ohio companies 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.