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Secretary of State Business Guides

The Ohio Secretary of State's office offers a variety of guides concerning the different types of business legal entities.

Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio

A limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity which combines elements of partnership and corporate structures, and may be formed in Ohio for a profit or nonprofit purpose.

Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio

Ohio Revised Code Section 1701.04 provides that "anyone, singly or jointly with others, and without regard to residence, domicile, or state of incorporation," may form an Ohio corporation.

Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorships in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorships in Ohio

A sole proprietorship is a business entity in which there is a single owner entirely responsible for business decisions and liabilities. There is no legal distinction between the business and the owner. All business profits, losses and assets are the personal profits, losses and assets of the owner.

Guide to Starting a Partnership in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Partnership in Ohio

A general partnership is an association of two or more persons to carry on as co-owners of a business for-profit.

Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio

Nonprofit corporations are corporations organized for purposes other than monetary gain and strive to improve the communities they serve.

Starting a Business in Ohio Checklist

Starting a Business in Ohio Checklist

A quick start checklist for starting your business.

Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio

Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio

Registration of a trademark or service mark provides two things. First, it provides actual public notice. By registering the mark with a central filing agency, the mark is available for public scrutiny. This benefits both the owner, who seeks exclusive use of the mark and a potential filer who seeks to ensure that his or her mark does not conflict with a mark already in use. Second, registration of a mark might be used as evidence in the event an infringement claim is pursued by the registrant.

Guide to Secured Transactions Filing in Ohio

Guide to Secured Transactions Filing in Ohio 

This guide provides an overview of secured transactions filings, governed by the Uniform Commercial Code.