COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced June as “Empowering Opportunities” Month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will focus on businesses and organizations that help people overcome adversity and become part of the workforce.
“There are businesses and community organizations across Ohio who are empowering people and creating exciting new opportunities,” Secretary Husted said. “This work is allowing businesses to grow their workforce, while also strengthening our communities and helping people to pursue their version of the American dream.”
Companies profiled this month include:
- Beaver Creek Candle Company (Lisbon, Ohio) focuses on the desire of the developmentally disabled to shine as hard workers who are proud of the products they make and the independence they earn from a paycheck.
- CleanTurn Enterprises (Columbus, Ohio) provides an array of supportive services focused on creating a platform for individuals to realize their potential. They are focused on creating a nurturing and loving community, along with a family culture that encourages and fosters a lifestyle characterized by resilience, integrity and healthy decisions.
- EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute (Cleveland, Ohio) was founded with the purpose of delivering job training, culinary education, life skills and wrap-around support to men and women who have been recently released from prison. To date, their program has graduated 200 students with a less than one percent recidivism rate.
- Eleventh Candle Co. (Worthington, Ohio) is a social enterprise candle company with a mission to redeem, restore, empower and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation and addiction.
- Food for Good Thought (Columbus, Ohio) provides employment services for those with autism. Some of their programs include employment at a local bakery, a transition program on Ohio Dominican’s campus and a five week program to help build employability skills.
- Hot Chicken Takeover (Columbus, Ohio) was started after founder, Joe DeLoss, decided to bring hot chicken to Columbus with the goal of being a fair chance employer. With 150 employees and three locations, Hot Chicken Takeover offers fair consideration to anybody who applies whether they’ve been incarcerated, suffered homelessness or faced other barriers to employment.
- Nehemiah Manufacturing Company (Cincinnati, Ohio) was founded in 2009 with the mission to build brands, create jobs and change lives. They partner with companies and entrepreneurs to license/acquire small brands, create new product concepts, and contract manufactured products.
- The Spotted Cow Coffeehouse (Urbana, Ohio) was started by a woman whose vision was to show that adults with disabilities can be true contributors to a business. Associates of The Spotted Cow Coffeehouse build interpersonal skills, self-worth, and self-esteem while serving customers each day.
- Transformation Network (Ashland, Ohio) is a workforce development organization dedicated to improving the lives of community members and strengthening local manufacturers. They provide staffing service for manufacturers in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
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.