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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending February 19, 2021

More Stories to Celebrate Ohio’s Black History

This week we shared three new videos in our “Celebrating Ohio’s Black History: Stories from our Past to Guide our Future” series to highlight personal and historical context on voting rights and business creation. You can find other videos on Secretary LaRose’s Twitter page.

  • We learned the reason why the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is in Cincinnati with its CEO Woody Keown.
  • As the cousin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pastor Joel King Jr. has seen great progress on voting rights for African Americans in his life.
  • Eric Kearney, President and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, shares why Ohio is a great place for minority business creation and the positive economic impact of minority businesses


2021 Kicks Off with Record Breaking Business Creation

The new year brings a new record in new business creation with more than 16,000 new business filings in January. Read our release here.


Working Together to Grow Opportunities for Women Owned Businesses

The Secretary spoke with members of the Ohio Women's Coalition about business creation and empowering female entrepreneurs with resources to start and grow a business. Secretary LaRose also answered questions on the election process, reviewed Ohio's successful 2020 election, discussed how to ensure every Ohioan's voice is heard.


Additional Meetings:

  • Secretary LaRose met with the Department of Homeland Security Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council to discuss lessons learned from the 2020 Election and goals to protect our election infrastructure.
  • Advocates for Ohio's Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Program met virtually with the Secretary to discuss growing and improving the program.
  • Secretary LaRose spoke with election officials from across Ohio via a webinar in coordination with the Ohio Association of Election Officials. Topics included best practices from Ohio's successful 2020 election and legislative priorities for 2021.


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