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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

COLUMBUS -- With 15,470 new business filings in October, Ohio has already surpassed the record total for the entirety of 2019.

Ohioans have submitted a total of 145,157 new business filings this year, versus last year’s record of 130,621 new filings from January to December.

“The entrepreneurs of Ohio, many of them going on their own for the first time, are proving that a global pandemic and economic crisis cannot hold us back,” said Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “We should applaud and support these new small businesses in our communities as they are owned and operated by our neighbors, family, and friends.”

Last month’s new filings are a 30 percent increase from October 2019 which had set the October record at 11,920. Those looking to start a new business should take advantage of quick-and-easy online filing through Ohio Business Central by clicking here to visit

New business filings are classified as forms filed with the Ohio Secretary of State 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.

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