COLUMBUS – Today Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced the client service center in his office at 22 N. 4th St. in Columbus is again open for business. The center had been closed to in-person transactions since March 22 when Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton issued a stay at home order. Since then, entrepreneurs and business owners have continued to utilize both online and drop-off services to transact filings with the Secretary of State’s Office. With the beginning of Governor Mike DeWine’s Stay Safe Order today, the service center now has significantly upgraded physical protection as well as protocols in place to ensure the safety of both staff and the Ohioans they serve.
Secretary LaRose, with help from his two oldest daughters, recently constructed a physical safety shield at the center. A how-to video was posted by Secretary LaRose and can be viewed by clicking here or downloaded by clicking here.
“The front door to businesses in Ohio remained open virtually over the past six weeks, and I’m pleased that these common-sense protections mean we can open the door physically today. As the first phase of responsibly and safely reopening Ohio begins, we need to take the necessary steps to keep people healthy,” said LaRose. “This pandemic hasn’t eroded the entrepreneurial spirit that has defined Ohio for two centuries, and in many ways that spirit is what will lead our state back from the pandemic. I hope our how-to video can help some of Ohio’s entrepreneurs as they begin to reopen in a way that is safe for them and their customers.”
The most recent public data available shows Ohio entrepreneurs were continuing to create businesses in Ohio in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – with more than 2,000 more businesses created in March than in February. New April data will be available on May 21st.