Sep 14


On Friday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose kicked off a meeting in which Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) small business members regularly convene to discuss public policy priorities for entrepreneurs.

As Ohio’s chief elections officer, the Secretary of State oversees the elections process and appoints the members of boards of elections in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.  It may come as a surprise to some, however, that the office also attempts to connect new businesses with the kinds of services they may need to make them successful. 

The office grants entities authority to do business in Ohio.  In addition, the Business Services Division receives and approves articles of incorporation for Ohio business entities and grants licenses to out-of-state corporations seeking to do business in Ohio. Limited partnerships and limited liability companies also file with the Secretary of State’s Office.  The Corporations Section of the Business Services Division approves and keeps a registry of business names, names and addresses of statutory agents, incorporators’ names, corporations’ charter numbers, dates of incorporation, and the number of authorized shares per corporation.

To learn more about how to properly file your business in Ohio or update your business’ records, contact the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division.

As new businesses funnel through the Secretary of State’s system, an overarching goal is to use it as an opportunity to connect the business community with a menu of services related to topics such as access to capital, mentorships, MBE and WBE certifications, etc.

Last week’s small business meeting also highlighted a recent tax analysis that was commissioned by GCP and remarks were also heard from Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish related to investing in entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation.

Want to learn more about some of the specific resources available to your business?  Visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s business central resource page here.