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The Ohio Secretary of State's office provides public access to a wide variety of documents, including corporate, uniform commercial code, election and campaign finance records. Ohio notaries public and ministers also file with the Secretary of State's office. All of these documents may be accessed through this Web site. For more information, visit the page for the database you wish to search.

  • Business Identity Theft

    Business Identity Theft What is business identity theft? When most people think of identity theft, they ... individuals. Business identity theft, or corporate or commercial identity theft, occurs when a business’s identity

  • Business Services

    Business Services To better serve Ohio’s entrepreneurs, the Secretary of State’s Client Service Center ... OhioBusinessCentral.gov. Businesses File for a business online, search existing Ohio businesses and learn more

  • Search Notaries

    Search Notaries Use this search to locate Ohio notaries and specific information, including names, dates ... from county clerks of court or bar associations. Search Notaries Information from the Ohio Secretary of

  • Guide to Name Availability

    to Name Availability The Ohio Secretary of State approves and keeps a registry of business names. Ohio ... Ohio law requires that new business names be “distinguishable upon the records in the office of the Secretary

  • Glossary of Business Entities

    Glossary of Business Entities Domestic Business: Any business formed in the state of Ohio is considered ... considered a domestic business. Foreign Business: Any business formed in another state, country or jurisdiction

  • Business Central Forms

    Business Central Forms These Are the Business Forms Currently Available to File Online: File a New Business ... Business or Register a Name Initial Articles of Incorporation: For Profit, Domestic Corporation (Form

  • Starting a Business

    Starting a Business 1. First, register with the Ohio Secretary of State. Registration information as ... information and an online application at IRS.gov - search "EIN." 3. Open a Bank Account. You will need your

  • Online Databases

    wish to search: Other Records Notary Search Ministers Search Business Records Corporate Filings/Name Availability ... Availability Searches Prepayment Account Inquiries UCC Records Certificates of Good Standing Elections and

  • Ohio Business Spotlight - June 2022

    Ohio Business Spotlight - June 2022 1 - Cups Café Inspired by their Christian faith and the biblical ... having a child born addicted to substances. After searching for solutions, Jill ran into roadblock after roadblock

  • New Year Brings New Record in Business Creation

    New Year Brings New Record in Business Creation COLUMBUS – Last year, despite the pandemic, Ohioans created ... created a record 171,073 new businesses. In January 2021, 16,018 new business filings were filed with the

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