Allison Harrison
July 30, 2020

Ohio New Business Checklist


Our New Business Checklist provides easy to follow steps to ensure new entities are registered with all state agencies in Ohio prior to opening for business. The checklist provides the basic steps for new LLCs, Corporations, and Partnerships. To ensure your business is in compliance with all the rules and legislation in place in Ohio, it would be beneficial to consult with a new business lawyer.

After “The Idea”

  • Decide your Entity Type




-Sole Proprietor

  • Decide your Company Name
  • Verify Desired Name is Available

-Name can be checked here

  • Register with the Secretary of State

-Businesses can register here

  • Obtain Employer Identification Number (EIN)

-EIN Application here

  • Register with Ohio Department of Tax

-Register through Ohio Business Gateway here

  • Determine if you Require an Industry-Specific License

-Information on Licenses and Permits is available at Ohio Business Gateway here

When you are Ready to Hire your First Employee

  • Register with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
  • Register with Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation

-Businesses can register here

  • Create an Employee Handbook

Other Considerations

  • Hire an Accountant

-You have enough on your plate. An accountant can act as a check on your bookkeeping. Accountants can also help you plan so you do not receive a surprise tax bill!

  • Join your Trade Association

-Trade associations are a wealth of information. Each association is dedicated to one specific industry and thus have extensive knowledge about the rules and regulations governing that industry. The association membership is often cheaper than a mistake or an attorney.

If you have questions about any of the steps in the new business check list, or need a new business lawyer to help after your business is formed, please contact the professionals at Allison L. Harrison Law, LLC by phone, (614) 440-1395 or via email at  Schedule a consultation with an experienced, Top Rated Local® new business lawyer in Columbus today.

Please note that the information contained in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. The facts of your situation may differ from this general information. It is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship. Persons and businesses do not become clients unless and until Allison L. Harrison Law, LLC agrees to act for them and that agreement is confirmed in a retainer agreement or other writing.