1st Stop Business Connection

Working with an Ohio SBDC counselor and the 1st Stop Business Connection is the easiest way to learn about starting a business in Ohio. It provides free state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey. Follow this four step process and you’ll be on your way.

If you need assistance, please contact your local SBDC counselor.  (List of Counselors) (General Contact Information)

Step 1

Download Starting Your Business in Ohio, Part 1  for guidance on registering your business in Ohio.

Step 2

Download Starting Your Business in Ohio, Part 2: Business Financing Opportunities  to help you plan your business finances.

Step 3

Review the following list to see if a checklist is available for the specific type of business you’re hoping to open.

All checklists are in PDF format. Get free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Step 4

After reviewing these documents, you are invited and encouraged to contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDCs are staffed with highly trained and experienced business advisors who offer one-on-one, confidential, and no-cost counseling to help with your business needs.

Program Partners

Ohio Business Gateway, Common Sense Initiative, Development Services Agency, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Treasurer.