COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced August as “Nonprofit Businesses” Month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will highlight nonprofit businesses in communities across the Buckeye State.
“Wherever your personal passion drives you to get involved, there’s a nonprofit that can help you channel your energies and resources to make a difference,” Secretary Husted said.
In Ohio, there are more than 67,000 active nonprofit corporations employing over 450,000 people.
Teams profiled this month include:
- 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. (Xenia, Ohio) enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing them with quality, task-trained service dogs. Their work gives children independence, while also assisting their families.
- Bike Lady, Inc. (Blacklick, Ohio) has a mission to enrich daily life experiences and expand opportunities for Ohio’s at-risk youth by providing new bikes, helmets and locks. Bike Lady, Inc. also partners with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, as offenders in ten Ohio prisons assist in assembling bikes the program provides.
- Community Matters (Cincinnati, Ohio) grew from the needs and energy of the lower Price Hill community of Cincinnati and is firmly committed to growing opportunities within. Their mission is to give families the resources they need to meet their goals, have vibrant places to live and have opportunities to create new businesses.
- Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc. (Bowerston, Ohio) utilizes rescue dogs to provide professional trained services at no cost for veterans of all eras suffering from combat related injuries. The dogs are trained for the specific needs of each veteran they assist.
- Finally Home Farm (Xenia Township, Ohio) is a public charity dedicated to healing mentally wounded warriors through equine assisted psychotherapy. Their mission is to bring protectors “HOME” in mind, spirit and body.
- Lily Creek Farms (Defiance, Ohio) is a therapeutic riding center with horses that are helping students reach their goals. They are composed of a professional team providing hope and healing opportunities through the use of equine-assisted activities.
- Oberlin Heritage Center (Oberlin, Ohio) is both a local historical society and a museum complex of historic buildings. The center views all of Oberlin as an important resource and learning laboratory for visitors near and far.
- Rockin’ On the Run (London, Ohio) was created to raise awareness of pediatric brain tumors. Organizers do this by holding a 5k run/walk and family day complete with a silent auction and raffle.
- SAVE22 (Carrollton, Ohio) was started after a Marine veteran decided to raise awareness for the veterans who are reported to commit suicide every day across the country. Save22 has handed out over 50 backpacks for homeless veterans which include items such as hygiene packs, sleeping bags and thermals.
- Seeds of Literacy (Cleveland, Ohio) provides free basic education and high school equivalency preparation to adults in the area. Nearly 1,000 students per year are provided one-on-one instruction and empowered toward success.
- Tender Mercies (Cincinnati, Ohio) transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illnesses by providing security, dignity and community. They achieve their mission by maintaining 150 units of permanent supportive housing.
- The Marsh Foundation (Van Wert, Ohio) provides services in a variety of settings including group homes, family foster care, intensive treatment programs, adoption and independent living. Their mission is to inspire hope, teach and care for children and families.
- The Woodlands (Newark, Ohio) provides comprehensive prevention, education and treatment services to the residents of Licking County and surrounding communities. They are organized into three district service departments; the outpatient department, the outreach department and their domestic violence shelter.
- Victoria Theatre Association (Dayton, Ohio) presents more than 300 performances for all ages and interests each year, including Broadway shows, concerts, comedians, films and family shows. The association’s mission is to enrich lives in their community with quality entertainment, education and artistic engagement.
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.