COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced July as “Game On Ohio” Month. Throughout July, Ohio Business Profile will highlight the major and minor league sports teams that are doing business and growing the economy across the Buckeye State.
“Ohio is rich in sports history and we all have fond memories of our favorite teams,” Secretary Husted said. “Whether it’s a World Series in Cincinnati, our Buckeyes winning the National Championship, or the Cleveland Cavaliers capturing the NBA title, we can all call to mind some of Ohio’s special sports moments.”
Teams profiled this month include:
- Akron RubberDucks (Akron, Ohio) - a Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In 2013, the franchise underwent a name change as the Akron Aeros became the Akron RubberDucks to connect with the city’s long-standing history with the rubber industry.
- Canton Charge (Canton, Ohio) - powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Charge is one of 27 teams in the National Basketball Association’s G League. Games are affordable, fun entertainment for the whole family.
- Cleveland Browns (Cleveland, Ohio) – one of Ohio’s two National Football League franchises. Established in 1946 as part of the All-America Football Conference, the Browns first entered the NFL in 1950 and have seen a total of 16 alumni enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Cleveland Indians (Cleveland, Ohio) - a charter member of the American League. The Indians have a rich history dating back to 1901. This history includes two World Series Championships in 1920 and 1948, and six American league Pennants.
- Columbus Blue Jackets (Columbus, Ohio) - Ohio’s only National Hockey League team. The Blue Jackets have been a central Ohio mainstay since entering the NHL in 2000. With a cannon that blasts after every Jackets’ goal, and a passionate fan base, attending a Blue Jackets game has been nationally recognized as one of the best game day experiences in professional sports.
- Columbus Clippers (Columbus, Ohio) - a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Playing in the International League, a Clippers game is the quintessential summer activity in Central Ohio because of the fun-filled promotions held at the ballpark all season.
- Dayton Dragons (Dayton, Ohio) - a Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Dragons have the longest consecutive game sellout streak in all of North America. They pride themselves on family-affordable entertainment that is great for everyone.
- FC Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) - a member of the United Soccer League. The soccer club received big news in 2018 when it was announced they will be joining the ranks of Major League Soccer in 2019. Supporters of the team have worked to create an inclusive atmosphere on game days where friends can be made and everyone is welcome.
- Lake County Captains (Eastlake, Ohio) - a Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Games are a fun, affordable summer destination for northeast Ohio families searching for an entertainment option close to home.
- Ohio Machine (Obetz, Ohio) - one of nine professional lacrosse teams competing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL). The Machine has been competing in the MLL since 2012 and won the franchise’s first championship in 2017.
- Toledo Mud Hens (Toledo, Ohio) - a Triple-A team of the Detroit Tigers for more than 30 years. While the Mud Hens nickname dates back to 1896, the current Mud Hens organization has been in operation since 1965 and is a staple of northwest Ohio.
- Toledo Walleye (Toledo, Ohio) - a professional ice hockey team affiliated with both the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings. The Walleye are committed to presenting an ever-evolving series of experiences to keep fans engaged and deliver an exceptional entertainment value.
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.