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Ohio sets record for new business filings


More new companies chose to do business in Ohio last year than in any other year in the state’s 209-year history, Secretary of State Jon Husted said Wednesday.

In total, 88,068 new entities filed to do business last year, Husted said.

New business filings are classified as forms that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.

“More companies choosing to do business in our state helps grow our economy and increases job prospects for people across Ohio,” Husted said in a statement. “My office will continue our efforts to make setting up a business in Ohio as easy as possible.”

Husted noted that more than 2.1 million new businesses have filed with the state since Ohio officially became a state in 1803.

Data showed that the number of new companies that filed with the state increased 16.5 percent from 2009 to 2012.


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