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For help with the Ohio Business Gateway, call (866) 644-6468 or put in a ticket.

If you're logged in, click on the "?" in the upper right-hand corner and then click the "create case" button. If you're logged out, enter a ticket on the Help page at gateway.ohio.gov.

Businesses are required to register with the Ohio Secretary of State to legally conduct business in the state — this is commonly called a business license. To learn more about legal structure variations and registration, see our guide to Starting a Business in Ohio.

Some businesses/professions require additional licensing or permitting.

Setting up an out-of-state business to do business in Ohio is very similar to starting a business in Ohio. Be sure to review the checklists for any similar to your business as well as to review the checklist for foreign entities.

Visit ohiolmi.com or call (888) 296-7541.

Log into your account at eric.ohio.gov or call (614) 466-2319.

Please call the Office of Unemployment Compensation Division of Tax and Employer Service at (614) 466-2319.

Please call the Office of Unemployment Compensation Division of Tax and Employer Service at (614) 466-2319.

To register bedding, upholstered furniture or a stuffed toy product, complete the annual license application .

To submit a new building plan to the Division of Industrial Compliance, Bureau of Building Code Compliance, go to the Electronic Plan Submission System and enter your agency assigned password.

To request an elevator field inspection, complete the request form and fax to (614) 644-2428 or email to

Complete the Elevator Device Permit Application and send the completed form, with payment, by fax to (614) 644-2428 or by email to Elevators@com.ohio.gov.

To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, complete the application and send the form, along with payment and plans, to:

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance
Bureau of Building Code Compliance
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009.

To apply for approval of a building plan, complete the building plan approval application and send the form, along with required information to:

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance
Bureau of Building Code Compliance
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009.

All non-life insurance companies are required to file a report by November 1st for properties dormant as of June 30th of the same year. Life insurance companies are required to file by May 1st for properties dormant as of December 31st of the prior year.

Yes. If a diligent search shows the company is not holding any unclaimed funds, or if all dormant accounts are eliminated in the company's research and due-diligence mailing of the OUF-8 Notice of Unclaimed Funds, the company must still file a Negative (NONE) Report.

The Annual Report of Unclaimed Funds may be filed through the Ohio Business Gateway or hardcopy reports may be filled out and sent to the Division. The reports can be found on the Division of Unclaimed Funds website.

All businesses located and/or operating in the state are required to file an Annual Report of Unclaimed Funds . The only entities exempt from reporting are political subdivisions of the state, and Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) tax-exempt hospitals.