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As Inflation Continues to Impact Ohio New Business Growth, LaRose Aims to Connect Ohio Businesses With Helpful Resources

Columbus – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 14,596 new business filings in May 2022, a 27% decrease from May 2021 and a 14% decrease from the same point in 2021.

Inflation continues to be a major factor stifling small business optimism nationwide. According to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), inflation was the single most important problem facing their business. In a separate study conducted by NFIB Ohio, inflation was ranked as the issue most concerning to Ohio small business owners by 49% of respondents.

“Plain and simple, it’s getting too expensive for entrepreneurs to start a business. When I meet with new business owners, they’re growing more and more frustrated with the inaction from our leaders in Washington DC,” said LaRose. “Entrepreneurs need to know that Ohio has their back. That’s why I’ve aimed my office’s efforts toward cutting bureaucratic red tape and directing Ohio businesses to the resources that can help them succeed.”

Through streamlining certifications for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses and modernizing the process for limited liability companies (LLCs) to incorporate in Ohio, Secretary LaRose continues to tear down barriers to business creation in Ohio.

Over the past three years, Secretary LaRose has also expanded the Ohio Business Resource Connection, a compilation of private and public resources available to assist businesses at The Secretary has held dozens of roundtables throughout the state with community, legislative and business leaders to spread the word about the resources available for entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.


  • 14,596 new business filings in May 2022, a 27% decrease from May 2021 and a 14% decrease from the same point in 2021.

  • 80,480 new businesses have been created in 2022 so far, averaging 16,096 per month

  • 2019, 2020, and 2021 were all record-setting years in Ohio for new business creation. In 2021, Ohio surpassed the annual filing record with 197,010 new business filings

  • Ohio entrepreneurs can visit to discover the helpful opportunities available to them that can help them start and grow their business

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.

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