COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced December as “Made in Ohio” Month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will look back at the more than 600 companies that have been profiled since the program launched in 2011.
“Entrepreneurs and hard-working Ohioans are the fuel that drives our state’s economy,” Secretary Husted said. “During my time as Secretary of State, we have made it a priority to recognize these businesses while also working to make it easier for them to operate in Ohio.”
Since the start of the Ohio Business Profile program, each month has featured a group of Ohio-based businesses that share a common theme. To date, there have been 60 monthly themes that have highlighted a diverse selection of companies. Some monthly themes are annual, such as agriculture, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and women-owned, while others served as opportunities to showcase the wide range of types of companies operating in Ohio, like the themes STEMM in Ohio, handmade for the holidays, family-owned, and innovation.
In total, the 600+ businesses featured through the Ohio Business Profile represent more than 151,000 employees across the Buckeye State.
The Ohio Business Profile program has been complemented by a series of innovative reforms aimed at alleviating the bureaucratic and administrative burdens placed on job creators. During Secretary Husted’s tenure, successes have included:
- The launch of Ohio Business Central, which enables all Ohio-based businesses to form and renew their business status online. This service has provided easier access, reduced processing time, and saved taxpayer dollars.
- A 21 percent reduction to the costs for starting and maintaining a business in Ohio, making the Buckeye State the least costly state in the region for starting and maintaining a business. This move, which was made possible by Secretary Husted’s careful fiscal stewardship, has already saved Ohio businesses over $8 million.
- Partnering with Google’s “Let’s Get Our Cities on the Map” program to put additional tools in the hands of new and growing Ohio businesses.
- The launch of a partnership with the Cleveland Sight Center, which has improved customer experience by reducing the average wait time for callers into the Business Services Call Center from five minutes and 19 seconds to just 43 seconds with a 95.7 percent customer satisfaction rate.
- Leading an effort to ensure that 100 percent of all forms needed to start or maintain a business in Ohio can be submitted online. This four-year effort was completed in August 2017, and four out of every five new businesses are now started online.
“While this is my last month as Ohio’s Secretary of State, it is my hope that the Ohio Business Profile program continues on during the next administration and all those administrations that follow,” Secretary Husted said.