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Start a Business

Learn about starting a business in Ohio. Follow these steps and you'll be on your way.

The 1st Stop Business Connection provides free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey. 

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Startup Guide

Review Starting Your Business in Ohio for guidance on choosing a legal entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company or LLC) and registering with the Ohio Secretary of State, employer requirements, business taxes, and more.


Checklists cover state regulations for specific types of businesses. See if a checklist is available for the type of business you're opening.

For Personal Assistance

You are invited and encouraged to contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDCs are staffed with highly trained and experienced business advisers who offer one-on-one, confidential, and no-cost counseling to help with your business needs. Learn about SBDCs.

Program Partners

Ohio Business Gateway, Common Sense Initiative, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio Attorney General, and Ohio Treasurer.

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The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is partially funded by the Ohio Department of Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact 614-466-2711.