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Accountancy Board – Regulates the practice of public accounting in Ohio.

Administrative Services, Department of – Provides centralized services, specialized support and innovative solutions to state agencies, boards, commissions, local governments, and state universities.

Apprenticeship Council – Registers and monitors apprenticeship programs in the state to ensure quality and safety.

Architects Board – Regulates the practice of architecture in the Ohio.

Athletic Commission – Regulates mixed martial arts, wrestling, kickboxing, karate, tough person contests, and athlete agents to protect the safety of the participants and the interests of the public.


Barber Board – Protects the public by establishing, maintaining and monitoring sanitary and professional standards in the barber industry via inspections, investigations, disciplinary actions, and licensing decisions.

BidOhio – A competitive live auction of state funds that are not needed to meet immediate obligations that awards those funds to the banks that offer the greatest rate of return on six-month certificates of deposit.

Budget and Management – Provides policy analysis, fiscal research, and financial management services to the Governor and state agencies.

Building Appeals, Board of – Reviews building owners' appeals made to adjudication orders issued by local, county, or state fire or building officials and can reverse, modify, or repeal an order of the enforcing agency if it is found to be contrary to a fair interpretation or application of the governing laws or rules and will be contrary to the public interest and result in unnecessary hardship.

Building Standards, Board of – Formulates, adopts and amends the Building, Mechanical, Elevator, Boiler and Pressure Piping Codes and the rules that govern the erection, construction, repair, alteration, and maintenance of buildings. Certifies local building departments to exercise enforcement authority and to accept and approve building plans. Conducts hearings and investigations as deemed necessary in the discharge of its duties.

Business Enterprise Program – Strives to provide food service businesses to people who are legally blind, establish employment for people who have a visual disability, and demonstrated the abilities, capabilities, and competence of disabled individuals.

Business Services Division – Receives and approves articles of incorporation for Ohio business entities (including limited partnerships and limited liability companies) and grants licenses to out-of-state corporations seeking to do business in Ohio. Documents secured commercial transactions filed under the Uniform Commercial code and oversees the issuing of notary certifications, licensing for ministers and apostilles, and certifications. A division with the Secretary of State's office.

Casino Control Commission – Licenses, regulates, investigates and penalizes casino operators, management and holding companies, employees and gaming-related vendors to ensure the integrity of casino gaming.

Chemical Dependency Professionals Board – Regulates the licensure and certification process, issues and renews licenses and certificates, investigates ethical complaints, approves educational coursework, and acts a catalyst for positive change in the field.

Chiropractic Board – Protects the welfare of Ohio's citizens and regulates the chiropractic profession by setting and enforcing standards for licensure.

Clean Air Resource Center – Helps small businesses meet EPA regulations while also reducing their costs and gaining tax exemptions.

Commerce, Department of – One of Ohio's primary regulatory agencies and is comprised of seven operating divisions (Financial Institutions, Industrial Compliance & Labor, Liquor Control, Real Estate & Professional Licensing, Securities, State Fire Marshal, Unclaimed Funds) and one administrative division. Balances consumer protection with the needs of the industries and small business persons it regulates.

Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) – An annual tax imposed on the privilege of doing business in Ohio, measured by gross receipts from business activities in Ohio.

Common Sense Initiative (CSI) – Reviews proposed state-agency rules that may affect businesses to ensure that they do not inhibit economic growth.

Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention, Office of – Provides information and resources to help small businesses comply with environmental regulations and helps customers identify and implement pollution prevention measures.

Construction Compliance Unit (CCU) – Responsible for ensuring that state contractors implement and adhere to the State of Ohio's affirmative action program and does so by issuing certificates of compliance and conducting site visits and compliance reviews.

Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) – Licenses commercial contractors in the State of Ohio for the electrical, HVAC, hydronics, plumbing, and refrigeration trades.

Consumer's Use Tax Amnesty Program – Allows Ohio businesses that are unaware of or behind in meeting their use tax obligations to pay their past tax liabilities without incurring penalties or interest.

Cosmetology Board – Examines and licenses cosmetologists, estheticians, and manicurists for practice in Ohio.

Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board – Protects Ohio citizens regulating the licensed practice of counselors, social workers and marriage & family therapists.


Dental Board – Regulates the practices of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assistant radiography, and expanded function dental auxiliaries.

Development Services Agency – Focuses on supporting businesses, individuals, and communities in Ohio.

Dietetics Board – Regulates the practice of dietetics through the establishment of professional standards and enforcement of the laws and rules governing nutritional practices and licensure.


eBusiness Center – A secure portal for the regulated community and consultants to electronically complete and file Ohio-EPA-related reports and permit applications.

Embalmers and Funeral Directors Board – Protects consumers and regulates the funeral profession by establishing standards of competency through the licensure of embalmers, funeral directors, crematory facilities, embalming facilities, and funeral homes.

Encouraging Diversity, Growth & Equity (EDGE) – Facilitates access to state government contracts and business services for EDGE certified businesses and establishes goals for state agencies in awarding contracts to certified businesses.

Energy Office – Works to grow the economy of the state by connecting companies and communities to financial and technical resources to deploy renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. An office of the Development Services Agency.

Engineers and Surveyors Board – Safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing effective licensure and regulation of professional engineers, professional surveyors, and engineering and surveying firms.

Entrepreneurship and Business Assistance Centers – Provide resources for starting or maintaining a small business in Ohio, including technical assistance, training, and financial counseling.

Environmental Protection Agency – Protects human health and the environment by restoring contaminated land; protecting water resources; and implementing standards for air quality, drinking and stream water quality, wastewater treatment, and solid, infectious, and hazardous waste treatment and disposal.

EPA Permit Wizard – Creates customized information about the various permit, licensing, and registration requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency that may apply to a business.

ePayment – A secure system that allows taxpayers who owe the Department of Taxation to pay online by credit card or electronic check.

Equal Opportunity Division – Advocates for Ohio's minority and socially disadvantaged businesses and aligns them with state government contract and procurement opportunities, and oversees and monitors the administration of Ohio's Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

eSupplier Portal – Provides State of Ohio vendors access to view the real-time status of and manage their purchase orders, invoices, and payment information.


Facilities Construction Commission – Guides capital projects for state agencies, state-supported universities and community colleges, including Ohio's comprehensive public K-12 school construction and renovation program.

Financial Institutions, Division of – Regulates state-chartered financial institutions and consumer finance companies through charters, licenses, and examinations. A division of the Department of Commerce.


GlobalOhio – Extends Ohio's economic reach into the global marketplace by promoting the export of Ohio goods and services through trade missions organized to initiate and nurture relationships with potential international business partners. A division of the Development Services Agency.


Industrial Commission – Serves injured workers and Ohio employers through prompt and impartial resolution of issues arising from workers' compensation claims and through the establishment of adjudication policy.

Industrial Commission Online Network (ICON) – Allows parties with workers' compensation claims to view claim activity, submit appeals, objections, and requests for .522/.52 relief. Allows users to view all documents associated with the claim as well as request interpretive services, continuances, or cancellations.

InvestOhio – Provides a non-refundable personal income tax credit to investors that infuse new equity (cash) into Ohio small businesses to acquire an ownership interest in the company.


Job and Family Services, Department of (ODJFS) – Develops and oversees the state's public assistance, workforce development, unemployment compensation, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.

Job Outlook Report – Provides employment projections for Ohio in the next 6 years.


Labor Market Information – A source for reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources, and careers.

Landscape Architect Examiners, Board of – Responsible for the regulation of the practice of landscape architecture in Ohio.

Liquor Control Commission – Ensures compliance with liquor laws and regulations. Provides fair and impartial hearings for the protection of the public and liquor permit holders.

Liquor Control Division – Responsible for controlling the manufacture, distribution, importation, licensing, regulation, and sale of beer, wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor. A division of the Department of Commerce.


Manufactured Homes Commission – Regulates the installation of manufactured housing.

Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers (MTSBDC) – Provide management counseling and education services in a variety of areas.

Master Maintenance Agreements (MMA) – Used by state agencies to contract for hardware and software maintenance.

Medical Board – Provides medical regulation and licenses. Oversees the practice of medicine and its branches to protect and enhance the health and safety of the public.

Medical Transportation Board – Ensures that all non-emergency, emergency, and air medical service organizations provide appropriate care and transportation.

Minority Business Assistance Centers (MBAC) – Provide a variety of business development services to new and existing minority business owners.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)/Encouraging Diversity, Growth, & Equity (EDGE) Unit – Implements Ohio's minority business set-aside program by certifying minority businesses as eligible to participate in the program, assisting state agencies with the selection of set-aside contracts, and monitoring program compliance. A unit of the Department of Administrative Services.

Motor Vehicle Repair Board – Administers and enforces the laws on motor vehicle collision repair registration in order to enhance consumer protection and promote industry growth and compliance.


North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) – Used by Federal agencies to classify businesses and collect, analyze, and publish statistical data about the business industry in the United States.

Nursing Board – Enforces the laws and rules regulating the practice of nursing. Approves pre-licensure nursing education and dialysis training programs. Oversees the licensure examination of nurses and takes disciplinary action when violations of law occur.


Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board (OTPTAT) – Responsible for the regulation of the practices of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training.

Office of Research – Provides data and analysis on the economic, industrial, demographic, and program trends of the State of Ohio, its businesses and its people.

Office of Workforce Development – Provides information and tools to Ohio's workforce system, interprets federal and state laws, and serves as the primary policy maker for workforce programs.

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) – The Ohio Administrative Code contains the full text of state agency rules and regulations filed with the Legislative Commission.

Ohio Business Gateway – Concentrates on making government accessible to businesses by helping them find the information and services they need and helping them complete any necessary transactions electronically.

Ohio Business Lending Clearinghouse – A not-for-profit public-private partnership that is designed to connect Ohio's small businesses who are looking for capital with Ohio financial institutions interested in making loans to qualified businesses.

Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program – Provides financial assistance to Ohio's employers for the purposes of training their employees.

Ohio Industrial Commission – Serves injured workers and Ohio employers through prompt and impartial resolution of issues arising from workers' compensation claims and through the establishment of adjudication policy.

OhioMeansJobs – Matches job seekers and employers throughout Ohio. Job seekers can post resumes and search jobs and employers can search resumes and post jobs.

OhioMeansJobs Centers – Provide services to local businesses and employed or unemployed in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Formerly called One-Stop Centers.

Ohio New Hire Reporting Center – An online tool where employers report newly hired and re-hired employees, contractors, and temporary employees.

OhioProud – The Department of Agriculture's marketing program that identifies and promotes food and agricultural products that are made and grown in Ohio.

Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program – Supplemental retirement plan that offers Ohio's public employees the opportunity to accumulate tax-deferred assets.

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) – Contains all acts and laws passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by the governor.

Ohio Workforce Guarantee – Provides technical and financial assistance to employers to train their workers.

On-the-Job Training – Allows employees to receive training from their employers while engaged in productive work.

One-Stop Centers – Provide services to local businesses and employed or unemployed in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Now called OhioMeansJobs Centers.

Optical Dispensers Board – Regulates the practices of opticianry and ocularistry through the licensing of practitioners, establishment of educational standards, and the enforcement of the laws and rules governing their practice.

Optometry Board – Ensures that optometrists are professionally competent by regulating examinations, licensure, and renewal of licenses. Enforces continuing education compliance, monitors continuing education quality, and enforces Ohio optometry laws and administrative rules.

Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics – Supervises, regulates, and licenses the practitioners of orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics in the State of Ohio.


Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board – Serves underground storage tank owners and operators by managing the Financial Assurance Fund while providing financial assistance to remediate contamination caused by releases from assured petroleum underground storage tanks.

Pharmacy Board – Pursues optimal standards of the practice of pharmacy through communication, education, legislation, licensing and enforcement of the laws and rules governing the practice. – Provides access to bid opportunities and contract award information for supplies and services from all levels of state government.

Procurement Services, Office of – Assists state agencies and political subdivisions with the procurement of various supplies and services. An office of the Department of Administrative Services.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) – Help Ohio businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts.

Psychology Board – Ensures Ohioans' access to safe and competent psychological services through examination, licensing, education, and enforcement.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio – Regulates providers of utility services in Ohio.


Racing Commission – Governs Ohio's horse racing industry and is dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of horse racing and industry-related components.

Rail Development Commission – Plans, promotes and implements the movement of goods and people on Ohio's rail transportation network. Funds railroad crossing safety improvements and provides grants, loans, and other assistance for rail-related issues.

Real Estate & Professional Licensing, Division of – Responsible for licensing real estate brokers and salespeople, real estate appraisers, and foreign real estate dealers and salespeople. Registers Ohio cemeteries and real estate developments located in other states but marketed in Ohio.

Regulatory Reform eNotification System – Enables individuals, businesses, and other interested parties to track, review, and comment on all proposed state agency rules that impact Ohio businesses.

Respiratory Care Board – Licenses and regulates respiratory care professionals and home medical equipment facilities that sell, deliver, rent, install, demonstrate, replace or maintain home medical equipment.


Sanitarian Registration Board – Protects public health by ensuring that registered sanitarians possess and maintain specialized knowledge and skills in the field of environmental health through minimum education standards, examinations, continuing education requirements, and the investigation of complaints filed with the board.

Secretary of State – Oversees the elections process, ensures business filings are quick, efficient, and easy to retrieve while safeguarding corporate identities, and maintains public records for the state.

Securities, Division of – Strives to maintain a balance between enhancing capital formation and providing investor protection by enforcing the Ohio Securities Act. Licenses those who sell or give advice about investing in securities and requires that all securities sold in Ohio be registered or be properly exempted from such registration. Investigates alleged violations of the Ohio Securities Act. A division of the Department of Commerce.

Small Business Development Centers – Offer a wide range of services for small businesses.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Board of – Regulates the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology by establishing, promoting, and enforcing practice standards and professional competency among licensees.

State Term Schedules (STS) – Negotiated contracts based on similarly situated most favored customer pricing between the State of Ohio and manufacturers or software developers.

Strategic Business Investment Division – Supports the well-being of Ohio's citizens by providing business owners and communities with the information and support they need to make informed, critical decisions that directly impact Ohio's economy and environment for business growth.


Tax Appeals, Board of – Provides taxpayers and tax authorities with an accessible, fair and efficient appeals process. Resolves appeals in a timely and judicious manner by facilitating settlement or by issuing written decisions, which are based on Ohio statutes, case law and board precedent.

Taxation, Department of – Collects and administers most state taxes and several local taxes, oversees real property taxation, and distributes revenue to local governments, libraries, and school districts.

Taxpayers' Bill of Rights PDF – A publication that provides an explanation of the rights and obligations of citizens as taxpayers.

The Finder – Provides information on local taxing jurisdictions and tax rates for all addresses in the State of Ohio.

Think Ohio First – A program that gives Ohio companies every opportunity to compete for state business and encourages state government to fully consider these companies/entities that create jobs for Ohioans when it is purchasing supplies and services.

TourismOhio – Markets and celebrates Ohio's unique travel opportunities, tourism experiences and attractions, and promotes the State's outstanding quality of life.

Transportation, Department of – Responsible for the planning, building, and maintenance of transportation systems in Ohio.


Unclaimed Funds – Protects Ohio citizens by collecting, keeping safe, and returning monies designated as unclaimed by financial institutions and other entities to their rightful owners in a timely fashion.

Unemployment Compensation, Office of – Provides resources for people seeking unemployment benefits, employers that need to file and pay unemployment taxes, and information on unemployment programs.

Uniform Commercial Code – A section of United States law that governs commercial transactions.


Veterinary Medical Licensing Board – Ensures that those who are licensed by the board meet certain minimum education and training criteria to safely practice veterinary medicine.


Wage and Hour Administration – Administers and enforces Ohio's Minimum Wage Laws, Ohio's Minor Labor Law, and Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law by helping the public understand their rights and responsibilities under these laws.

Workers' Compensation, Bureau of – Protects injured workers and employers from loss as a result of workplace accidents and enhances the general health and well-being of Ohioans and the Ohio economy.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – A federal tax incentive program for businesses hiring individuals who face significant barriers to employment.