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Husted Declares April as "Investing in Your Future" Month

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced April as “Investing in Your Future” Month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will highlight select businesses who offer financial advice and guidance to Ohioans preparing for their future.

“Making important financial decisions can be an intimidating process,” Secretary Husted said. “Whether it’s a local credit union or a consumer finance group that helps to design a plan for you, these organizations can assist you in planning for a better financial future.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Faith Financial Advisors, Inc. (Loveland, Ohio) is an investment management and retirement advisory firm focused on developing customized strategies that are designed to fit the needs of their individual, corporate, and non-profit clients.
  • Fifth Third Bancorp (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a diversified financial services company with over 18,000 employees. They strive to be a good corporate company through nationally recognized programs such as Lives Improved through Financial Empowerment, Feeding Our Communities initiatives, and Strengthening Our Communities grants.
  • First Federal Bank (Defiance, Ohio) is a full-service community bank with 43 branches and numerous ATM locations in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. They see themselves as more than just a bank and are passionate about serving the community through volunteer efforts and other forms of generosity.
  • Osgood State Bank (Osgood, Ohio) is proud to provide services that support Ohioans’ financial growth. They have developed an extensive loan process focused on providing superior services to small businesses that are underserved by regional national banks.
  • Richwood Bank (Richwood, Ohio) has been dedicated to service and their community for over 150 years. Their goal is to inspire, protect, and celebrate anything that helps communities thrive.
  • Seven Seventeen Credit Union (Warren, Ohio) is motivated to proactively and innovatively meet the financial needs of their members. Having 12 branches, Seven Seventeen provides banking services to more than 80,000 members.
  • Vinton County National Bank (McArthur, Ohio) was founded in 1867 and has grown to encompass 17 branches across eight counties. They serve their local community by sponsoring financial literacy programs, while also giving monetary donations to worthy causes year-round.
  • Whitcomb & Hess, Inc. (Ashland, Ohio) is a public accounting and financial advising company that assists their clients with all of their accounting, tax, investment and wealth management needs. They also encourage their employees to not only serve their clients but also their community by volunteering for various community boards and service clubs.

In January, Secretary Husted announced that 2017 was a record-breaking year for new businesses formed in the Buckeye State. This marks the eighth consecutive year Ohio has seen a record number of new entities file to set up shop.

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.

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