Frequently Asked Questions


The process for an out-of-state business to get set up to do business in Ohio can be very similar to starting a business in Ohio. Please see Start a Business and be sure to review the checklist for foreign entities .

Review Ohio employer requirements starting on page 13 of our guide to Starting a Business in Ohio .

Also, be sure to review the checklist for foreign entities . Whether having an Ohio employee means you're transacting business in Ohio and thus need to file as a foreign entity or register for CAT tax is not a question the state can advise on — we suggest you contact your attorney for guidance.

Not necessarily, local and/or federal licenses and permits may also be required.

Be sure to review Step 3 of our guide to Start a Business to see if a checklist is available for the type of business you want to start. It may provide guidance as to required licensing.

Also, businesses are required to register with the Ohio Secretary of State to legally conduct business in the state — this is commonly called a business license. To learn more about legal structure variations and registration, see our guide to Start a Business.

Visit the Secretary of State's website to see if the business is registered to do business in the Ohio. You can also visit the Attorney General's site to search for complaints against a business.

See Start a Business for information on how to register your business with the State.

Sign up for the Regulatory Reform eNotification System to be notified of state agency rule changes that could impact your business.