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LaRose Announces March New Business Filing Numbers

COLUMBUS - Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose today announced 13,399 new businesses filed in March, an increase of more than 2,000 compared to February, and similar to numbers from March of 2019.

“During this pandemic we expected new business filings to slow down as Ohioans adapt to the stay-at-home order, but we have seen just the opposite,” said LaRose. “In fact, thousands of new LLCs, S-Corps, and others have been created to provide innovative new services and products here in Ohio and throughout the country, with numbers on par with last year’s record breaking numbers. It is inspiring how Ohio’s businesses are facing these challenges head on with that can-do attitude which has long characterized Buckeye State Entrepreneurs. Each of us should do all we can to support local business.”

While our in-person services remain closed for walk-ins during this pandemic we have made a drop box and scheduled appointments available. Also, our online services are fully operational and our dedicated team continues to work remotely swiftly processing new filings. All new businesses should use the quick and easy online filing system on Ohio Business Central at OhioBusinessCentral.gov.

Click here to see a video explaining how Ohio’s front door for new business remains open during this pandemic.

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:

  • 13,399 new businesses were created in Ohio in March 2020, an increase of 2,065 from February 2020.
  • 13,747 new businesses were created in March 2019.
  • All new businesses are encouraged to use online filing through Ohio Business Central at OhioBusinessCentral.gov. If a customer is unable to file online, they may contact us through our Business Services hotline 877-SOS-FILE to arrange an appointment with our office. 
  • Ohio entrepreneurs can visit OhioSoS.gov/BusinessResources to discover the helpful opportunities available to them that can help them start and grow their business.

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