COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced December as “Giving Back” Month. Throughout the month, the Ohio Business Profile program will highlight businesses and organizations that give back to their community.
“Ohio is such a great place to live because of our people, folks who when there is a call to help step up to lend a hand however possible, regardless of whether the person in need is a friend or stranger,” Secretary Husted said. “That spirit of giving, which is amplified during the holiday season, is also present in many of our businesses and organizations.”
Companies profiled this month include:
- Community Harvest (Canton, Ohio) collects excess prepared and perishable foods from local restaurants and food service industries so they can then deliver these items to community groups serving the homeless and the hungry.
- Hannah’s Treasure Chest (Dayton, Ohio) provides care packages of new or gently-used essentials such as clothes, shoes, books and hygiene items to nearly 6,000 children in need each year.
- My Very Own Blanket (Westerville, Ohio) is dedicated to comforting children in the foster care system by giving each child a blanket they can call their very own.
- New Life Furniture Bank (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 2006. They collect gently used furniture from the public to then deliver it directly to those in need.
- Ohio Christmas Tree Association (Frazeysburg, Ohio) seeks to spread Christmas cheer to military personnel serving overseas through Operation Evergreen, which supplies Christmas trees to various military units around the world. Each tree is packaged with decorations and letters of support to those who defend our country.
- Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank (Cincinnati, Ohio) is run by a small team of dedicated parents who work together to provide diapers for families in need. By the end of 2017, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank will have distributed nearly 425,000 diapers to over 1,100 children.
- Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach (West Chester, Ohio) is a volunteer organization that provides necessity items for children in foster care and their families. They also provide opportunities to help foster children become more fully integrated into their communities.
From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses, and 2016 marked 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 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 to highlight Ohio companies that create transformative products, offer outstanding service, contribute to their local communities and employ Ohioans. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website. Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.