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Secretary Husted Releases New Business Filings Figures for August 2017

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced 10,002 new entities filed to do business in Ohio throughout the month of August, an increase of 1,507 when compared to the same month in 2016.

So far this year, 81,981 new entities have filed to do business in Ohio. Due to the use of Ohio Business Central, the online business filing site founded by Secretary Husted in 2013, this number continues to climb. Three out of every four new businesses are now started online.

From the time Ohio Business Central was launched until the end of August 2017, the Secretary of State’s Office has processed nearly 305,000 online filings. Last month, Secretary Husted announced that 100 percent of all filings needed to start or maintain a business in Ohio may now be submitted online.

Chart displaying Ohio Business Filings Growth

August 2017 marked 22 months since Secretary Husted reduced the cost of starting and maintaining a business in the Buckeye State by 21 percent. This change has saved Ohio businesses over $4.7 million to date.

Secretary Husted’s efforts to cut costs don’t stop there. In fact, his request for a 100 percent cut in the amount of tax dollars needed to run his office was approved as part of the state’s budget. Husted’s request will save taxpayers nearly $5 million in the next two years. Secretary Husted was able to do this because of his wise financial stewardship. During his first term, he reduced spending by $14.5 million, a 16 percent reduction when compared to the previous administration. Secretary Husted is also operating his office with roughly 40 percent fewer staff and payroll costs at the Secretary of State’s Office are at the lowest level in 10 years.

Secretary Husted’s success in improving customer service is also apparent by the fact that more people are choosing Ohio as the place to do business. Earlier this year he announced that 2016 was the seventh consecutive year the state has seen a record number of new entities filing to do business in Ohio (read more). With strong filing growth in the first half of 2017, Ohio is well on its way to another record year. 

Though the most visible role of the Secretary of State is that of chief elections officer, the office is also the first stop for individuals or companies who want to file and start a business in Ohio. While recognizing these numbers can’t provide a complete picture of Ohio’s jobs climate, they are an important indicator of economic activity that Secretary Husted hopes will add to the ongoing discussion of how to improve the state’s overall climate for business.

NOTE: New business filings are classified as forms filed with the Ohio Secretary of State that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.

Editor’s Quick Facts:

  • 10,002 new entities filed to do business in Ohio throughout August 2017.
  • 1,507 more entities filed in August 2017 than during the same month in 2016.
  • Since Ohio Business Central was launched, 304,833 entities have been formed online through August 2017.
  • Three out of every four businesses are now started online in Ohio.
  • Since Secretary Husted reduced the cost of starting and maintaining a business in Ohio businesses have saved over $4.7 million.
  • Cut spending by more than $14.5 million during his first term – a 16 percent reduction compared to the previous administration.
  • Reduced staff by 40 percent and decreased payroll costs to the lowest level in 10 years.
  • Cut tax dollars needed to run his office for the next two years by 100 percent, saving taxpayers nearly $5 million.
  • Announced last month that 100 percent of all filings needed to start or maintain a business in Ohio may now be submitted online.

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