Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana have web sites that provide start-up and operating businesses with valuable information on forming a new business, taxes, licenses, permits, and other regulatory requirements.


  • The Ohio Secretary of State’s office maintains a registration of existing business names, both legal names and trade names.
  • Before you legally form and name your new business, compare the names you want to use with this list.
  • The Ohio Business Roadmap gives a step-by-step list of the steps required and the on-line links used to register a new business with the appropriate state agencies.
  • For existing Ohio businesses, the Ohio Business Gateway, provides a “one-stop” web resource to register, file and pay state taxes; obtain professional licenses and permits; identify state funding, buying and job training opportunities.


  • Kentucky’s One Stop Business Portal provides a comprehensive set of links to guide a business through all the stages of development: “Plan, Start, Operate, Expand, Move (to Kentucky)”.


  • The Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division has compiled ‘An Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting A Business in Indiana’, a “one-stop” listing of the steps required to form a business, and provides links to websites detailing required taxes, license and permit applications, employment regulations, workforce development, and business opportunities.

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