How to Start a Business in Ohio (Step by Step Guide)

Starting Business in OhioAre you thinking about starting your own business in Ohio? If so, then you have come to the right place!

On this page, you can find step by step instructions on how to incorporate your business in Ohio. From selecting the business entity type to forms to be filled, we have covered it all.

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The first step in setting up your business is to select the business structure.

Broadly there are 4 types of business entities that can be registered:

  1. Limited Liability Company (Most Popular)
  2. Corporation
  3. Sole Proprietorship
  4. Partnership

Each business structure differs on the basis of taxation, asset liability and estate planning. We have written a detailed tutorial on how to choose a business entity type for your business here.

Below we have given a broad outline of the steps involved in registering an LLC or Corporation in Ohio.

Clicking on each step, opens up a detailed guide on how to complete it.

How to Start an LLC in Ohio

Agency ResponsibleOhio Secretary of State – Business Services Division
Form(s) to be filledArticles of Organization (Form 533A)
ModeMail, in-person, or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $39 (Online) [Option to Expedite]
Filing Fee$99 [Option to expedite]
Time1 week (Option to expedite)
LawChapter 1705: LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES


Summary:

  1. Search for business name availability
  2. File for Business name reservation (Optional)
  3. Select a Registered Agent
  4. Fill Articles of Organization (Form 533A)
  5. Create an Operating Agreement
  6. Get an EIN Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  7. Get Ohio Tax ID and business license/permit
  8. File annual report

How to Start a Corporation in Ohio

Agency ResponsibleOhio Secretary of State – Business Services Division
Form(s) to be filledInitial Articles of Incorporation (Form 532A)
ModeMail, in-person, or Online
Name ReservationOptional, Fee $39 (Online) [Option to Expedite]
Filing Fee$99 [Option to expedite]
Time1 week (Option to expedite)
Lawfill later

Summary:

  1. Search for a Business Name
  2. File for Business Name Reservation (Optional)
  3. Select Registered Agent
  4. Fill Initial Articles of Incorporation (Form 532A)
  5. Create Bylaws
  6. Get an EIN Number
  7. Get Ohio Tax ID and business license/permit
  8. File annual report



References:
https://law.justia.com/codes/ohio/2011/title17/chapter1705/

Last fact-checked on 25/07/2018

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