COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced August as “Agriculture” Month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will highlight a series of businesses who are helping to make agriculture a cornerstone of Ohio’s economy.
“Not only is agriculture a huge industry in the State of Ohio, but it’s also a vital part of our culture,” Secretary Husted said. “Growing up in rural northwest Ohio, I learned the values of hard work and family that were nurtured by farmers throughout the community.”
Businesses profiled this month include:
- Brighton Wool & Honey Co. (Grafton, Ohio) specializes in honey, wool, and all-natural handmade soap. Their priority is to ensure their products are pure, nourishing, and environmentally friendly.
- Buckeye Valley Beef Cooperative (Russellville, Ohio) prides itself by providing naturally raised beef that is safe, local, and healthy. Handling their product from start to finish helps them with quality control, while also providing excellent customer service.
- Graminex, LLC (Deshler, Ohio) specializes in the harvest and production of non-solvent Flower Pollen Extract. Their research and development team works closely with a variety of partners to create unique formulas that target some of the world’s major health problems.
- Harrison Farm, LLC (Groveport, Ohio) provides its community with opportunities to learn about animal agriculture, while also offering a place where guests can enjoy and appreciate the peace that farmland presents.
- Seven Grains Natural Market (Tallmadge, Ohio) started in 1998 as a small farm market with a simple goal – to offer natural, organic foods at prices the average family can afford. Over the past two decades, Seven Grains has evolved into a full-scale market boasting a large selection of organic wine and a huge stock of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan food options.
- Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm (Morrow, Ohio) took root in 2014 and is now a thriving micro-farm. Based on seven acres of land, the farm now features chickens, goats, and sprawling lavender plants. The rustic, natural environment has become a popular location for photographers looking to capture the beauty of the outdoors.
- The Quarry Farm (Pandora, Ohio) is committed to helping people of all ages to increase their understanding of northwest Ohio’s natural environment. Located in Putnam County, the farm provides visitors an opportunity to interact with their fellow inhabitants in a sustainable manner. This is achieved through a series of educational programs both on and off-site.
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.