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LaRose Releases New Business Numbers

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose today announced 11,334 new businesses filed here in Ohio in February, an increase of 12% from a year ago and 18% more than February 2018.

“We’re living in an unprecedented time when the health and safety of our fellow Ohioans must come first and we must endeavor to be kind to each other,” said LaRose. “Life in Ohio will look different over the days ahead, but what remains unchanged is that great American spirit of entrepreneurship and characteristic Ohio hard work ethic which will keep us strong and help us be prosperous again.”

During this time when Ohioans are coming up with innovative ways to work and educate their children from home we recommend that those looking to start a new business take advantage of quick-and-easy online filing through Ohio Business Central at

NOTE: New business filings are classified as forms filed with the Ohio Secretary of State that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.

Editor’s Quick Facts:

  • 11,334 new entities filed to do business in Ohio throughout February 2019, an increase of 1,250 from February 2019 and 1,700 from the same month in 2018.
  • 85.5% of all business filings were done online in February 2020.
  • Ohio entrepreneurs can visit to discover the helpful opportunities available to them that can help them grow their business.

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