Want to start a business in Ohio?

This page is dedicated to the best resources for starting a business in Ohio.

Register Your Ohio Business

Think of your business entity like the engine of a car. Depending on the kind of engine you have, you'll be able to go down different terrains and operate at different speeds. The business entity you choose will impact the legal protection you have, the taxes you pay and more. Choose wisely!

Ohio LLC

If you're wanting the most small business friendly structure with more flexibility and no double taxation, look into this guide.

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Ohio Corporation

If you're wanting a business structure more suited for bigger businesses and raising outside investment, look into this guide.

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Ohio Non-Profit

If you're looking to make a positive social impact, look into this guide.

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Ohio DBA

If you're looking to operate under a name other than their own, look into this guide.

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The Ohio Sustainable Business Council pushes for public policies that support for a more vibrant and progressive economy. The council is composed of business and networks of businesses that advocates several platforms and reforms all related to the state’s economic sustainability.


Columbus SCORE is the premier mentoring association for small businesses across Columbus and the neighboring communities. SCORE is composed of experienced business professionals who volunteered for the express purpose of providing free, confidential one-to-one mentoring and counseling in all aspects of starting, operating, and running a small business.


The Ohio Chamber of Commerce provides a wealth of resources and information about various topics including health care, human resource, business, and more. The Ohio COC features information about businesses and how to run it.


The American Small Business Centers provides comprehensive assistance to startup businesses and experienced business owners. The ASBC’s team provides the necessary guidance and experience base needed by newbie entrepreneurs and established business owners to sort out all the necessary business tools as it relates to business operations.


The Women’s Business Center Ohio is an initiative started by the Economic & Community Development Institute that helps guide individuals at any of the tasks involved in a business process. The WBC Ohio can provide you with the most comprehensive business assistance services at various stages of building a business for a very nominal fee.