When you’re starting a business you want to make sure you’ve “crossed all of your t’s and dotted all of your i’s” to make sure you get off to a smooth start. We’ve distilled down the key the steps you need to complete when starting a new business in Clinton County. We hope this provides a starting point, but we strongly recommend that you review this comprehensive guide to starting a business from the State of Ohio.
(1) Make sure your business name is available.
- Search business names using the Secretary of State’s online business database.
- More info on picking the right name for your business.
(2) File your business with the Secretary of State. How will the business legal structure be set up?
- Sole Proprietor – Form #534A
- General Partnership –Form #534A or Statement of Partnership Authority-Form #535
- Limited Partnership – Form #531A (Foreign Limited Partnership –Form #531B)
- Limited Liability Company – Form #533A (Foreign Limited Liability Company –Form #533B)
- Limited Liability Partnership – Form #536 (Foreign Limited Liability Partnership Form #537)
- C-Corporation – Form #532 (Foreign C-Corporation – Form #530A)
- Non-profit – Form #532
All updated forms can be found at: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/Businesses.aspx
(3) Will the company have employees?
If yes register with the following
- IRS – Employer Identification Number
- Ohio State Agencies
If no register with the following
(4) All Businesses Register with the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Clinton County Auditor
- Commercial Activities Tax (CAT)
- Vendor’s License
- Clinton County Vendors License issued by the County Auditor
More info at the Ohio Business Gateway: http://business.ohio.gov
(5) Identify specific licensing or registration requirements for the business at http://business.ohio.gov/starting/