Starting a Business

1st Stop Business Connection

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.

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

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

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.

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.

For more, see the Development Services Agency's Entrepreneurship and Small Business website, including frequently asked questions.


Contact the 1st Stop Business Connection Hotline at (800) 248-4040 or (614) 466-4232.

Program Partners

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

SBA    Ohio Small Business Development Center


The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact 614-466-2711.