One of the most effective ways to assess the strength of a state’s economy is to look at new business filings. That is, how many entrepreneurs have decided to take that leap of creating a business, a move that requires filing forms with the Secretary of State’s office. This is a worthy barometer, considering the due diligence, risk assessment, and financial planning required to start a new business. As many as nine out of ten small businesses fail in the first year, so the level of risk is significant.

The goal of any business is to establish and sustain itself—no matter how small it may be at the outset—and eventually make a profit as it expands and creates new jobs. When a small business succeeds, it is good not only for the business itself, but also for consumers, job-seekers and the state as a whole.

Fortunately, the number of new business filings in Ohio has increased every year since 2010. Additionally, the state has set new records each of the past few years, including more than 117,000 new filings in 2017. During the past eight years, the number of new businesses created has jumped by nearly 50 percent, and I am hopeful that 2018 will set yet another record.

Several different factors can account for why more entrepreneurs are choosing to set up shop in Ohio. One major contributor has been our focus on lightening the tax burden on small business owners in the legislature. During the course of the last two state budget bills, we eliminated taxes on businesses’ first $250,000 of income. As we have seen time and again, allowing families and business owners to keep more of their hard-earned money can lead to salary increases and new job creation.

Another factor would be legislation passed within the past couple years in Ohio that reduced by 21 percent the cost of registering a business with the Secretary of State’s office. I was proud to support that legislation, which made Ohio the least expensive state in the region for starting a new business.

Again, I believe these kinds of common sense policies represent a win-win for employees, business owners, consumers and the overall economy. During the past eight years Ohioans have created nearly 490,000 private-sector jobs. With a national economic tailwind propelling our state forward, we are positioned for significant growth. We must continuously improve, but the trends are very encouraging. With an educated and skilled workforce, wise tax and regulatory policies, and a streamlined application process, Ohio is poised for even greater success.

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