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  • New business filings in Ohio set record in 2013

  • Ohio saw a record number of new business filings in 2013, 89,735, up from 88,068 in 2012.
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  • Ohio saw a record number of new business filings in 2013, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted.
    The state received 89,735 filings for new businesses in 2013, up from 88,068 in 2012.
    Filings have increased four years in a row and are up 18.7 percent from 2009, according to a news release.
    Husted's office did not have a breakdown of local or county business filings, a department spokeswoman said.
    In December, 6,941 new entities filed to do business in Ohio, slightly under the 6,967 that filed in December 2012.
    Ohio classifies new-business filings as forms filed with the Secretary of State's office that declare the formation of a new business entity. That includes both for-profit and non-profit entities. Filing as a business does not ensure a company will "begin operations, be profitable or create jobs," according to the release.
    Husted credited faster processing time and a new online system, Ohio Business Central, for making it easier to file for a new business in Ohio.
    "When you make it easier to do business in Ohio, more people choose Ohio," Husted said in the news release.
    Ohio Business Central allows people to file the most frequently used forms online, cutting down on processing times and streamlining the administrative process, according to the release.
    Since launching in October, more than 3,500 filings have been received through the online system.
    The release noted that the Secretary of State's office has been "doing it all with less." Husted has cut staff by 25 percent — the office has gone from nearly 200 employees to less than 150 — and the 2013 fiscal year saw the lowest payroll spending in six years, according to the release.