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.
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, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
50 W. Town St. Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
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.
SBA lending in our area
Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
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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