How to Start a Small Business in Ohio

by Nicki Howell - Updated September 26, 2017

When launching a business in Ohio, it can be difficult to know where to start. The Small Business Division of the Ohio Department of Development has a wealth of information to assist small business owners in success. But before you open the doors to your business, there is a lot of planning, research and work that needs to be completed.

Determine the type of business you would like to start. Many individuals launch businesses relating to their previous work experience or a special interest. Make a list of your interests and skills to generate business ideas.

Request a free business start-up kit from The Ohio Department of Development which includes all the information needed to launch a new business. It contains information about licensing, creating a business plan and much more. The kit can be requested by calling (614) 466-4232.

Meet with an Ohio Department of Development Counselor after you’ve completed your new business start-up kit by contacting the Ohio Small Business Association. They can assist with getting the necessary licenses, creating a business plan and provide training at no cost. You can make an appointment at one of the 36 centers across the state by calling (800) 848-1300 ext 6-2711.

Secure the necessary financing. The Ohio SBA offers a financing worksheet designed for small business owners that helps you evaluate your financing needs and determine where to secure financing for your new business.

Licence your business. Licencing can be obtained by contacting your city or municipal business office. The cost for a business licence in Ohio ranges from $50-$100.


  • Check out the Women’s Business Resource Program. Trying to start your own business as a woman? Check out the Ohio’s the Women’s Business Resource Program which is designed to assist women in launching their businesses. They offer training; marketing resources and counseling designed for the needs of women business owners at no cost. More information can be found by calling (614) 466-2718.

About the Author

Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.

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