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COLUMBUS -- Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Thursday announced 130,621 new businesses filed in Ohio in 2019, setting a new single-year record.

LaRose said 9,071 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in December – the best December on record – and helped drive Ohio over the 130,000 new businesses threshold for the first time.

In 2019, 5,417 more new businesses filed in the state of Ohio, compared to the previous record set in 2018.

“Business drives job creation,” said LaRose. “Crossing the 130,000 new business threshold and setting a new Ohio record emphatically speaks to Ohio’s reputation for entrepreneurship, but we can’t rest on our laurels.

"We’re going to be doing our part to continue innovating and making sure the men and women who are driving this surge in business creation have the resources they need to grow and succeed," LaRose said.

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