COLUMBUS– As part of an ongoing effort to ensure Ohio is
the preferred location of entrepreneurs to do business, Ohio Secretary
of State Jon Husted today announced the rollout of two major initiatives
– his office is partnering with Google to help new businesses get off
the ground and achieve success in Ohio, and the 21 percent cut in new
business filing fees takes effect today.
“By establishing Ohio
as the best place in the nation for a business owner to succeed, we are
throwing open the doors of our state to new industries and new job
opportunities,” Secretary Husted said. “We’ve already taken steps to
make starting your business simple and cost effective and through this
partnership with Google, we’re now putting additional success tools
into the hands of people who have just taken the first step in starting
a new Ohio business.”
Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the
Map” program helps small businesses access various free tools and
connect with community resources from the web giant in order to promote
their new services and products. The new feature will give all new Ohio
businesses information on how they can build a website, reserve a free
domain name, have their office locations registered with Google’s map
and search features and get advice from industry experts.
perception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming
has prevented many Ohio small businesses from taking the first step,”
said Rob Biederman, head of Google’s Government and Public Affairs for
the Midwest region. “This program makes it fast, easy and free for
businesses to get online.”
The announcement comes on the same
day as Secretary Husted’s success dividend takes effect, which lowers
the cost of registering a new business with the state by 21 percent.
This cost reduction, made possible by Secretary Husted’s good fiscal
stewardship, establishes Ohio as the least costly state in the region to
start and maintain a business.
"We have changed the mindset of
the office from a regulatory role to a customer service-driven
mission,” Secretary Husted said. “Instead of processing paperwork and
enforcing rules, we try to help people comply with the law, help them
get their business started and give them more tools to be successful."
taking office, Secretary Husted has reduced costs in the Secretary of
State’s office by more than $14 million, representing a 16 percent
reduction in spending when compared to the previous administration.
significant reduction in spending was accomplished while providing
more efficient services for Ohioans wishing to start a business,
register a trade name, access historical documents or update their
voter registration. Thanks to Secretary Husted’s efforts to modernize
the office’s structure, 100 percent of Ohio-based businesses can now be
started online, among many other services, through the Ohio Business Central
feature on the Secretary of State’s website. As a result, the state’s
response time on business applications has been reduced from four days
or more to fewer than 24 hours in most cases.
“In the Secretary
of State’s office, we’ve reduced fees and improved services while
cutting costs to provide better, more efficient services to the public,”
added Secretary Husted. “There are those who talk about running
government more efficiently and there are those who do it – In my
office, we are doing it.”
In January 2015, Secretary Husted
urged the state legislature to pass legislation that reduced the costs
associated with starting a new business in the state. The legislature
responded with the passage of Substitute House Bill 3, which goes into
effect on September 24th. After being initiated by Secretary Husted,
the legislation quickly passed both chambers of the General Assembly
with unanimous support from both parties.
The improvements to
the services offered to current and future Ohio businesses have been the
primary drivers of Ohio’s rise in new business filings, creating a
record number of new businesses in Ohio each year for the past five
years. This year stands to mark another record-breaking year for the
state with Ohioans having already created more than 67,000 new
businesses through August 2015, which is roughly 3,600 more than what
was reported at the same point in 2014.
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