Forms to Register your Business in Ohio

Start with the Secretary of States site Select Businesses on list near the top of the page
This will provide access to:

  • Business Name Search
  • Guide to Name Availability
  • Filing Forms and Fee Schedule

Then Select Businesses again near the top of the page

Select Starting a business in Ohio for a Quick-start list for your business entity. There are additional lists:

  • Starting a Corporation
  • Guide to Nonprofit Corporations
  • Guide to Secured Commercial Transactions
  • Registering your Trademark or Service mark
  • Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Guide to Starting a Partnership
  • Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship
  • Fictitious Name filing requirement is included
  • Southern Ohio Chapters


We have several Briefs dealing with various aspects of taxes. You will find them here

1st Stop Business Connection

The 1st Stop Business Connection is an easy 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. If you need assistance, please contact us at 1-800-248-4040, 614-466-4232, or

Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth and SCORE is America’s premier source of free, confidential business advice. If you would like to request a free SCORE Mentor to assist you with developing your business strategy request one here.

Key Topics

State of Ohio Fictitious Names & Trade Names