Doing business in the Columbus District

Business requirements

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 Columbus Taxpayer Assistance Centers
200 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-8691

Ohio Department of Taxation
4485 Northland Ridge Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43224
Phone: 888-405-4039

Health and safety

Ohio Department of Commerce, Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration
77 S. High St., 23rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-644-2239

200 N. High St., Room 620
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-5582

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
50 W. Town St. Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-644-3469

State small business profiles

Need information on the local business landscape? SBA's Office of Advocacy has the latest demographic and statistics on local small business economic activity.

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Local assistance

Need help? Get free business counseling in your area.

SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

The SBA Central & Southern Ohio District Office has formalized Strategic Alliance Memoranda with the organizations below to bring economic expansion to Ohio’s small business community and to help grow the region’s economy. The purpose of these agreements is to foster mutual understanding and a working relationship between the SBA and each partnering organization.

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Last updated March 22, 2024