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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending August 20, 2021

Providing National Leadership in Election Administration

Over the past week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined his bipartisan election official counterparts in Des Moines, Iowa as part of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Summer Conference to discuss current issues in election administration, analyze lessons learned from recent elections, and share best practices from across the country.

In no small part due to Ohio's national reputation as a leader in professionally run elections, Secretary LaRose was elected by his colleagues to serve as co-chair of the NASS Elections Committee alongside the Honorable Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat from Michigan. Coming off its most successful election in Ohio history, the state is widely recognized and emulated for its innovation and commitment to increasing voter registration, recruiting and training poll workers, and ensuring secure and accurate elections. Just last week, Secretary LaRose was recognized by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) with its national "Innovators Award" for his leadership. Learn more about the award here.

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Celebrating Another Robust Month in New Business Filings

Secretary LaRose continued to highlight the remarkable monthly new business filings in Ohio, and the July 2021 report further documents Ohio's rapid pace of new businesses being created all across the state.

In July, Ohio entrepreneurs registered 15,230 new businesses with the Ohio Secretary of State's office, maintaining Ohio's remarkable run of new business formation since shortly after the start of the pandemic.

Said Secretary LaRose, "As I travel the state and speak with business leaders and chambers of commerce, I am continuously amazed by the pioneer spirit and resolve Ohioans continue to display amid times of economic uncertainty. Ohioans have an innate sense of entrepreneurship that has kept our economy strong despite the headwinds our job creators have faced. It makes me all the more proud to be a Buckeye.”


  • 15,230 new businesses were created in Ohio in July 2021
  • 126,665 new businesses have been created in the first seven months of 2021
  • New business filings through July of this year show a 32% increase from the first seven months of 2020 (95,671).
  • New business filings in 2020 totaled 171,073, beating 2019’s previous record of 130,621

Read the full press release here.

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Opening the New Knox County Board of Elections and Veterans Services Office

On Thursday, Secretary LaRose presided over the grand opening of the Knox County Board of Elections and Veterans Services Office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and addressed Board Members, public officials, and proud Knox County residents in a keynote address.

The Secretary noted the importance of the remarkable, redesigned Board office, but also noted that it's important to recognize the professional and important work that will be done inside the new offices by the Board Members and excellent staff of the Knox County BOE. Their work, along with boards of elections all across Ohio, have helped make Ohio elections the gold standard for election administration.

Learn more about the event from the Mount Vernon News here.

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Discussing the Unfolding Events in Afghanistan with WTVN's Brandon Boxer

The Secretary went live in-studio with 610 WTVN host Brandon Boxer on Friday morning to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and what it means to the future of the region and its impact on members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Secretary LaRose is a former Special Forces Green Beret in the U.S. Army and current member of the U.S. Army Reserve. During his decade in uniform around the globe, LaRose received numerous commendations and honors, including the Bronze Star.

Listen to the interview here or by clicking on the image below.

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Important Election Dates & Reminders:

  • Underway: Early Voting Began on August 17 for the Toledo and Cleveland Municipal Elections


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Secretary of State Frank LaRose visits Fairview Park’s GradePower Learning

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – The benefits of entrepreneurship and economic development were on full display Thursday (Aug. 12) when Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, as part of the monthly Ohio Business Spotlight initiative, visited GradePower Learning in Fairview Park.

“People often think my role as the secretary of state is as the chief elections officer, but another important part of this job is we’re the front door for new business,” LaRose said.

“When somebody wants to start an LLC, an S Corp or any kind of business, they get their articles of corporation from us.

“When I came into this office three years ago, I said here’s an opportunity to really celebrate entrepreneurship and try to find a fun way to talk about what a virtuous and courageous thing it is to start a business.”

This led to creating the Ohio Business Spotlight, which every month, around different themes, highlights a different business. For example, during Black History Month, the state showcases a minority-owned business. In the summer, it celebrates the travel and tourism industry by visiting a related business.

Read more here.

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