Start a Business

1st Stop Business Connection

The easiest way to learn about starting a business in Ohio with the free state-level information you need to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey.

For Personal Assistance

You are invited and encouraged to contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

SBDCs are staffed with highly trained and experienced business advisers who offer one-on-one, confidential, and no-cost counseling to help with your business needs.

About SBDCs


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This guide is brought to you by Ohio Business Gateway, Common Sense Initiative, Development Services Agency, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Treasurer.



The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is partially funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  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.