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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending June 4, 2021

Championing Ohio's Entrepreneurs

Fresh off the heels of Ohio’s record-breaking 22,176 new business filings in April, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose continued to travel the state to promote entrepreneurship and economic development as a pathway to creating prosperity and strong, vibrant communities. Defying the odds amid the economic uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ohioans have continued to create businesses, jobs, and opportunities throughout the state at a record pace.

This week, Secretary LaRose met with Ohio business leaders in Beavercreek and Piketon to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and thank them for their efforts to spur economic development in their regions.

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Secretary LaRose discusses economic growth with the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce

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Secretary LaRose met with Pike County business leaders at the South Centers, Endeavor Center, a business incubator in Piketon

Streamlining Opportunities for Minority Businesses

Since taking office in 2019, Secretary LaRose has held more than dozen roundtable discussions with minority business leaders and minority business incubators across the state. As a result of these discussions, Secretary LaRose is continuing to work with the legislature to end the requirement that entrepreneurs get a separate Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification for their new business in every geographic area in which they expect to operate -- a needless and bureaucratic hurdle facing Ohio job creators.

This week, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill requiring Ohio's political subdivisions to recognize state MBE certification statewide, thereby eliminating unnecessary and duplicative paperwork for minority entrepreneurs wishing to receive MBE certification for a new business in Ohio. Upon passage of the bill, Secretary LaRose issued the following statement:

“The guiding principle of state government should be to foster and encourage business creation, but for many minority entrepreneurs, red-tape and bureaucracy have stood in the way of their success. This legislation will simplify the certification process to allow minority entrepreneurs to focus more on their new business and less on bureaucratic paperwork."

Read his full statement here.

Promoting Ohio's Safe at Home Program to Protect Survivors of Domestic Abuse

On Tuesday, Secretary LaRose met with the leadership team at the YWCA Dayton to learn more about the incredible work they do for women and families in the Miami Valley. For more than 100 years, the YWCA Dayton has been serving the needs of women and families during times of enormous distress, and it remains a beacon of hope and salvation in the Dayton community. While there, the Secretary discussed Ohio's Safe at Home program, which helps survivors of domestic violence safely register to vote and participate in our elections while keeping their home addresses secure from the person seeking to do them harm.

Learn more about Ohio's Safe at Home Program here.

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WKEF Dayton: Secretary of State LaRose visits YWCA Dayton to promote Ohio's Safe at Home program.

Important Election Dates & Reminders:

  • July 6th: Deadline for voter registration for the Aug. 3 special election
  • August 3rd: Special Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • October 4th: Deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 2 general election
  • November 2nd: General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Additional Meetings:

On Memorial Day, Secretary LaRose, a Special Forces Green Beret in the U.S. Army and current member of the U.S. Army Reserve, tossed out the first pitch before the Cincinnati Reds game on Military Appreciation Day at Great American Ballpark.

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Earlier in the day, the Secretary travelled to Middletown to commemorate Memorial Day at the City's parade and ceremony.

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Secretary LaRose expressed his gratitude to Gold Star Families at a candlelight vigil held at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Watch his address here.

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On Tuesday, the Secretary met with the Greene County Board of Elections as part of his continued efforts to collaborate with local boards and thank them for their efforts to help keep Ohio's elections accessible and secure.

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