Economic Development

Ohio Business Filings All Available Online Now

COLUMBUS, Ohio  —  All filings needed to start or maintain a business in Ohio may now be submitted online, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday.

Additionally, business owners may now submit all Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) statements and certified search requests online. The announcement completes an effort that began in 2013, when Husted launched Ohio Business Central to modernize operations and better serve business owners.   

“Since day one, our office has committed itself to working on behalf of job creators and entrepreneurs to make it easier to start and maintain a business in Ohio,” Husted said in a news statement. “By improving the way our office does business, we are helping companies cut costs, save time, and reduce administrative burden so they can focus on providing quality services and products, as well as create jobs.” 

Three out of four Ohio businesses started using Ohio Business Central, and 274,196 filings have been processed online since 2013. The expanded use of online filings has helped to boost overall filings in recent years. 71,979 new entities have filed to do business in Ohio this year, up by 9,500 over the same time-frame last year. Additionally, March 2017 marked the best month in Ohio history for new businesses with the filings of 12,827 entities.    

The online filings effort is among a series of initiatives, led by Husted, that aim to alleviate the bureaucratic constraints and costs on Ohio’s job creators. Two years ago, Husted reduced the cost of starting and maintaining a business in the Buckeye State by 21%. This change has saved Ohio businesses over $4.5 million to date.

In 2016 Husted contracted with the Cleveland Sight Center to manage the Business Services Call Center, which assists entrepreneurs with starting and maintaining a business. The collaboration with the center has paid off as average call wait time has dropped from more than five minutes to just 14 seconds – a reduction of 96%.  

Husted’s work to build a more business-friendly economy has been complemented by efforts to make his own office more efficient. As part of the recent state budget process, Husted requested a 100% cut in the amount of tax dollars needed to run his office. This will save taxpayers nearly $5 million over state fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Additionally, during his first term, Husted reduced spending by $14.5 million, a 16% reduction when compared to the previous administration. He is operating his office with nearly 40% fewer staff and payroll costs are at the lowest level in 10 years. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.