SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.
Business name and registration
Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.
Business licensing and zoning
Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.
IRS Ohio Taxpayer Assistance Centers
1240 E. Ninth St.
Cleveland, OH 44199
Ohio Department of Taxation
4485 Northland Ridge Blvd.
Columbus, Oh 43229
Health and safety
Ohio Department of Commerce, Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration
77 S. High St., 23rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
50 W. Town Street, Suite 700
Columbus, Ohio 43215
OSHA Offices in Ohio
6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Suite 203
Independence, OH 44131
SBA lending in our area
Loan programsLearn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
Lender MatchDescribe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
Lending activity reportsView 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.
Additional local resources
- State of Ohio Website
- Ohio Business Gateway
- Ohio Department of Development's Economic Development Division
- Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
- Ohio Department of Transportation (Traffic counts for state and federal roads)
- Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation
- Ohio Secretary of State: Business Services
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