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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending February 11, 2022

Spotlighting the Nation's Oldest Black-Owned Business

On Tuesday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose visited with E.E. Ward Moving and Storage in Grove City to present them with a proclamation as part of Secretary LaRose’s Ohio Business Spotlight Initiative. E.E. Ward is a Black-owned business that just celebrated its 141st birthday, making it the longest continuously running Black-owned business in the nation.

Each month, LaRose honors a handful of businesses and entrepreneurs that are creating jobs and making a profound difference in Ohio’s economy. For February, the Secretary honored Black-owned businesses in recognition of Black History Month.

E.E. Ward was born out of the Underground Railroad, using its horse-drawn cart to help slaves find freedom, and is now in its fifth generation of family leadership. Secretary LaRose toured the Grove City facility with company owners Brian and Dominique Brooks, learned more about their operations, and met with company workers to celebrate their shared success.

Learn more about the Black-owned business featured in February’s Ohio Business Spotlight here.


Watch this video from Secretary LaRose's visit to E.E. Ward here.



Secretary LaRose tours E.E. Ward with owners Brian and Dominique Brooks.


Secretary LaRose presents E.E. Ward with an official state proclamation congratulating the company for its 141 years of success.

Engaging the Next Generation

Secretary LaRose visited Columbus Torah Academy this week to tour the school and talk to students about civic engagement, entrepreneurship, leadership, and his role as Secretary of State for Ohio. The Secretary is a strong advocate for civic engagement and encouraging the next generation to become excited about voting. The Secretary even had a chance to read his favorite Dr. Seuss book, “One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote”, to a kindergarten class.

Later in the morning, the Secretary addressed a group of 5th and 6th grade students in the Torah Academy Shul about what it takes to be a leader. The student audience included the Torah Academy Student Council and students enrolled in the Academy’s Leadership Summit. Secretary LaRose described his innate sense of service to his community and nation, which led him to join the United States Army with the 101st Airborne, and ultimately serve in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. That same sense of service later compelled him to run for public office in the Ohio Senate and for Ohio Secretary of State. The Secretary told the students that in life we are not anointed as a leader, but rather that sense of civic duty comes from within. Those of us born with that passion should strive to serve as leaders in our communities and mentors to the next generation, and we should all seek to leave this world a little better than we found it.



Secretary LaRose meets with faculty, administrators, and students at Columbus Torah Academy.

Learning From Ohio Agriculture Leaders

Secretary LaRose met with members of the Coshocton County Farm Bureau this week at Daugherty Farms. This family dairy farm located in Fresno incorporates state-of-the-art technologies that secure a lasting and competitive future for the business. The Secretary toured the farm and spoke with local leaders in Ohio’s agriculture community to better understand the challenges they face in today’s economic climate and discuss ways our office can help guide them to the resources they need to support their success.



Secretary LaRose meets with leaders from the Coshocton County Farm Bureau and tours a local farm.

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WKBN: Ohio Secretary of State highlights Trumbull County Black-owned business

TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – In honor of Black History Month, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is highlighting eight black-owned businesses that continue to make their communities better, including one in Trumbull County.

LaRose recognized Salt Me! in Trumbull County on Thursday.

“We are proud of our minority business owners for the work they do across Ohio, and for the inspiration they provide to others,” LaRose said.

Read more here.


Highland County Press: Secretary of State's office releases list of statewide candidates who met the Feb. 2 filing deadline for 2022 primary election

Today, the Ohio Secretary of State's office released the list of statewide candidates who met the February 2nd filing deadline to run in the 2022 primary election.

The candidate filings -- petitions requiring the signatures of a prescribed number of registered voters -- will now be sent to the county boards of elections for signature verification. If a candidate's filing meets the statutory requirements, the candidate will then be certified to be placed on the May 3rd primary election ballot. A directive from the Secretary of State will soon be sent to the county boards informing them of their deadline to verify the petition signatures.

Read more here.

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