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                                 Online Business Filings

Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that used business forms from his office can now be completed online. This will help both streamline and simplify the submission process to start a business and to manage required filings throughout a businesses’ lifecycle.
Forms now available include:

  • Forming a limited liability company in Ohio;
  • Renewals for trade and fictitious names;
  • Biennial reports for professional associations and limited liability partnerships; and,
  • Statements of continued existence for nonprofit corporations.

These forms represent approximately 50 percent of all filings received by the Secretary of State’s office in 2012.
Businesses can file electronically via the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Central online, at www.OhioSecretaryofState.gov, after creating a profile to access the secure site. Once logged in, users can select from the available options, provide payment for filing fees and manage their account. The online system allows businesses to complete the submission process, from start to finish, in less than one day in some cases.
By utilizing technology to improve the services available from the Secretary of State’s office, Ohio is now in position to roll out the red carpet to business and job creation by cutting the red tape.he most frequently used business forms from his office can now be completed online. This will help both streamline and simplify the submission process to start a business and to manage required filings throughout a businesses’ lifecycle.
Forms now available include:

  • Forming a limited liability company in Ohio;
  • Renewals for trade and fictitious names;
  • Biennial reports for professional associations and limited liability partnerships; and,
  • Statements of continued existence for nonprofit corporations.

These forms represent approximately 50 percent of all filings received by the Secretary of State’s office in 2012.
Businesses can file electronically via the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Central online, at www.OhioSecretaryofState.gov, after creating a profile to access the secure site. Once logged in, users can select from the available options, provide payment for filing fees and manage their account. The online system allows businesses to complete the submission process, from start to finish, in less than one day in some cases.
By utilizing technology to improve the services available from the Secretary of State’s office, Ohio is now in position to roll out the red carpet to business and job creation by cutting the red tape.

 

 

 

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Ohio Proud Partners

If you produce a food or agricultural product that is at least 50 percent grown, raised or processed in Ohio, you can become an Ohio Proud partner. Ohio Proud will distinguish your products in the crowded marketplace, and increase sales for your company and retailer.

Mailing:

Ohio Proud
Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

Phone: 1-800-IMPROUD (1-800-467-7683)

Fax: 614-466-7754

Email: ohioproud@agri.ohio.gov

 

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Ohio Development Services Agency now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program

Oct. 5 – The Ohio Development Services Agency’s Export Assistance Office is ready to help Ohio small businesses sell their goods and services overseas. Recently, the State of Ohio was awarded $750,000 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to help increase Ohio exports and create jobs. To access these funds, Ohio businesses can apply to the International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program, offered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This program brings value to businesses in Ohio looking to export their products into international markets,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “By offsetting high marketing costs, small businesses can reach international customers and grow their business and create jobs.” The IMAGE program is designed to help small businesses increase exports and create Ohio jobs. IMAGE is a 50 percent reimbursement program designed to offset the high costs associated with international marketing initiatives, including trade shows and missions, marketing materials, website translation and export education programs.

The 2017 IMAGE program will run through September 29, 2017.

For more information or to apply, visit: www.IMAGE.development.ohio.gov

 

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A special program for Greater Akron entrepreneurs. This program is funded by GAR and provides free total internship management training, intern recruiting assistance (where needed), and partial intern salary reimbursement for spring and summer 2017 internships. Note that companies with interns already employed may still qualify for reimbursement as long as the interns either attend school in Summit county or are residents of Summit county.

Benefits of Participation for Employers:

Recruiting assistance for spring and/or summer internships with eligible* entrepreneurial and start-up companies, and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Akron area.

 FREE “Maximize Your ROI: Return On Intern” total internship management training to assist with establishing and/or formalizing your internship program.

 $500 partial salary reimbursement for each eligible** internship.

ELIGIBILITY

*Entrepreneurs and startups must be for-profit companies registered with the state of Ohio and have 50 or fewer employees; nonprofit organizations must be registered with the state of Ohio as a 501 (c)(3) entity. Larger companies may be considered.

**To receive a $500 reimbursement per intern, employers must pay intern(s) at least $1,000 for the internship. Employers may have up to three interns. Interns must be enrolled at an institution of higher education in Summit county OR be residents of Summit county to be eligible.

EMPLOYER MUST BE LOCATED WITHIN GREATER AKRON

 

Interested In This Program?

 Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-GAIP-EmployerInterestSurvey

Complete the Employer Interest Survey.

 You will be contacted by email and/or phone with next steps.

Questions? Brenda Davis Smith –  bdavissmith@noche.org  

 

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Job Description Writer:

Did you know the Department of Labor has a free tool to help small businesses develop position descriptions?

http://www.careeronestop.org/businesscenter/jdw/gettingstarted.aspx

 

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Whether you want to make personal or professional connections, switch-style power networking is a great first step.

 Hour of Power Speed Networking is a one-hour networking model
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Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network $2.9 Million Apprenticeship Grant

 The network has been awarded a $2.9 million dollar grant from the US Department of Labor (USDOL) American Apprenticeship Grant. This grant encompasses the Greater Oh-Penn Region, comprised of stakeholders from two states and 14 counties.

For more information on this grant, click here.

 

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There will be two (2) sales and use tax rate changes effective April 1, 2017.

The sales and use tax rate will increase from 6.75 % to 7.00 % effective April 1, 2017 for Holmes County.

The sales and use tax rate will increase from 6.50 % to 6.75 % effective April 1, 2017 for Lorain County.

 

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This message is a reminder to all sales and use tax practitioners and taxpayers that the July, 2017 monthly sales and use tax returns are due August 23, 2017. Taxpayers are required to file sales and use tax returns electronically via the Ohio Business Gateway at business.ohio.gov or through TeleFile by calling (800)697-0440. Please visit our website at www.tax.ohio.gov or contact the Department at 1-888-405-4039 with any questions regarding sales and use tax. Ohio Department of Taxation Business Tax Division P.O. Box 530 Columbus, Ohio 43216-6158 Telephone: (888) 405-4039

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This message serves notification to food service vendors that the First Quarter 2017 Sales Tax Record Retention Notice has been published on tax.ohio.gov, on the Sales and Use Tax page http://www.tax.ohio.gov/Sales_and_use/record_retention.aspx.

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This message is a reminder to all commercial activity tax (CAT) practitioners and taxpayers that the second quarter 2017 CAT return is due August 10, 2017.    Taxpayers are required to file and pay the CAT electronically via the Ohio Business Gateway at  business.ohio.gov.   Please visit our website at tax.ohio.gov or contact the Department at 1-888-722-8829 with any questions regarding the CAT.   Ohio Department of Taxation Business Tax Division P.O. Box 16158 Columbus, Ohio 43216-6158 Telephone: (888) 722-8829 Fax: (206) 666-4462

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IRS TO HOLD SUMMER WEBINARS: Join Great Lakes and Midwest Stakeholder Liaison for Two Live Web Conferences to Help Small Business Owners Understand Their Tax Responsibilities

Attend one or both of the 45 minute virtual events from the comfort of your office.  Hear informative tax law updates for businesses:

Form W-9, Form 1099-Misc, Penalties, and Backup Withholding: This presentation will focus on the purpose/importance of certain independent contractor forms. Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017  Time: 11:00am – 11:45am Eastern Time  Click on this link to register: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1154/21250

Review Methods to Pay Your Tax Liability: This presentation will focus on various methods your business can use when paying your tax liability. Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Time: 11:00am – 11:45am Eastern Time  Click on this link to register: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1154/21251

Each Web conference will end with a Question and Answer period held during the 45 minute presentation.

Once you receive your registration link, please do not share as the link is unique to your registration. However, please share the preceding information/invitation with the embedded registration links with your colleagues and business associates and encourage them to register using their own information.

Questions: E-mail SBSE.SL.Great.Lakes@irs.gov

Do you require real time closed captioning? If so, closed captioning must be requested 1 week in advance of each event. For viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, closed captioning displays the words that describe the audio portion of this program. Captions are available in English only. Please send an e-mail to: SBSE.SL.Great.Lakes@irs.gov

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Ohio will have a sales tax holiday from Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.   During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • An item of clothing priced at $75 or less;
  • An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
  • An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.  For more information regarding the sales tax holiday, please refer to the Department’s Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions available on the Department’s website at http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use/salestaxholiday/holidayfaq.aspx. If you have any additional questions regarding this information, please contact us at 1-800-304-3211, or e-mail us.

 

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Out-of-state companies must pay business tax, Ohio’s top court rules

State of Ohio Taxes More +

By Jay Miller

Crain’s Cleveland Business

Out-of-state businesses that sell into Ohio but have no physical presence will have to pay the state’s commercial activity tax (CAT), the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, Nov. 17.

In three 5-2 decisions, the state’s high court ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause, which requires a physical presence in a state to allow the state to collect sales tax, does not apply to the CAT.

“(T)he physical-presence requirement recognized and preserved by the United States Supreme Court for purposes of use-tax collection does not extend to business-privilege taxes such as the CAT,” associate justice Willliam O’Neill wrote, affirming a Board of Tax Appeals decision against Virginia-based Crutchfield Corp., one of the three cases decided together.

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy wrote a dissenting opinion in the Crutchfield case arguing that a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying that a physical presence in a state is required for taxing an out-of-state company, and “we are bound by the court’s prior holdings and by Congress’s inaction on this issue, given its power to regulate interstate commerce.”

In 2005, the Ohio General Assembly overhauled the state’s business tax system and created the CAT, which taxes gross receipts on business transacted in the state. These cases challenged a tax commissioner ruling that transactions by Ohio consumers that result in goods shipped into the state are considered gross taxable receipts subject to the CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

To maximize awareness, the Ohio Department of Taxation is sharing an alert from the Security Summit regarding a new Two Stage E-mail Scheme that targets tax professional. Please visit www.irs.gov for additional information.

Partners, The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax industry leaders are warning tax professionals to be alert to an email scam from cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services. A new variation of this phishing scheme is targeting accounting and tax preparation firms nationwide. The scheme’s objective is to collect sensitive information that will allow fraudsters to prepare fraudulent tax returns. These latest phishing emails come in typically two stages. The first email is the solicitation, which asks tax professionals questions such as “I need a preparer to file my taxes.” If the tax professional responds, the cybercriminal sends a second email. This second email typically has either an embedded web address or contains a PDF attachment that has an embedded web address. In some cases, the phishing emails may appear to come from a legitimate sender or organization (perhaps even a friend or colleague) because they also have been victimized. Fraudsters have taken over their accounts to send phishing emails. The tax professional may think they are downloading a potential client’s tax information or accessing a site with the potential client’s tax information. In reality, the cybercriminals are collecting the preparer’s email address and password and possibly other information. The IRS urges tax professionals and tax preparation firms to consider creating internal policies or obtain security experts’ recommendations on how to address unsolicited emails seeking their services. One tip: Never respond to or click on a link in an unsolicited email or PDF attachment from an unknown sender. As the IRS, states and the tax industry make progress in the fight against identity theft, cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated in their efforts to steal additional client information. Criminals need more data in their effort to impersonate clients and file fraudulent returns to claim refunds, and schemes like this can help in this effort. Read more at Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself, the Security Summit initiative to increase awareness about the tax professional community.

 

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SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff avoidance program that allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during

times of reduced business activity.  Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce employees’ work hours, but employees keep their jobs

and receive prorated unemployment benefits for up to 52 weeks.

 

Employers that do not already have access to Ohio’s unemployment system must register online.  To obtain a registration code, call (614) 466-4047.

For more information, call (866) 733-0025, option 3, or visit  jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/SharedWorkOhio

 

 

 

 

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What is new hire reporting?

By law, all employers in Ohio must report ALL employees to the Ohio New Hire Reporting Center, including new hires, re-hires, temporary or seasonal hires, and independent contractors.

Why must I report?

Employers serve as key partners in ensuring stability for many children and families. New hire reporting speeds up the child support income withholding order process, expedites collection of child support from parents who have changed jobs, and quickly locates parents to help in establishing paternity and child support orders. New hire reporting helps children receive the support they need.

Who must report?

ALL employers doing business in Ohio must report all newly hired and returning employees. A new employee is considered any individual who is eligible for federal income tax withholding and provides a service to the employer. This includes part-time and temporary employees, and employees returning to work after a period of absence, such as seasonal employees.

An Independent Contractor is defined as “an individual who provides services to an employer as an independent contractor, for compensation that is reported as income other than wages, and who is an individual, the sole shareholder of a corporation, or the sole member of a limited liability company.”

What if I have employees in several states?

If you are a multi-state employer, you may choose to report your new hires electronically to one state. If you choose this option, you must provide written notification of your intent. Contact the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to register by visiting www.acf.dhhs.gov .

Questions? Contact Us:

Ohio New Hire Reporting Center

P.O. Box 15309

Columbus, OH 43215-0309

www.oh-newhire.com

Phone: (888) 872-1490 Fax: (888) 872-1611

 

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Employers: Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017

On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid.

 

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What is Form I-9?

 Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.  All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form.

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Home > E-Verify > What is E-Verify? 

What is E-Verify?

What is E-Verify Monitor ImageE-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.

Instant Verification of Employment Eligibility

E-Verify’s most impressive features are its speed and accuracy. E-Verify is the only free, fast, online service of its kind that verifies employees’ data against millions of government records and provides results within as little as three to five seconds.

Today, E-Verify is: 

  • Used nationwide by more than 600,000 employers of all sizes 
  • Used at more than 1.9 million hiring sites 
  • Joined by about 1,400 new participating companies every week 
  • One of the federal government’s highest-rated services for customer satisfaction

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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Ohio EPA – www.epa.ohio.gov

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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler was in Sandusky yesterday to announce the launch of a new online platform whereby Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire scrap and by-product materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. The new Ohio Materials Marketplace is a free online platform allowing these organizations to connect and find solutions to material reuse and recycling needs, thereby, facilitating the shift towards a circular, closed-loop economy.

Examples of materials posted on the marketplace (and their potential re-uses) include common items such as bulk wooden pallets (mulch base) or used bricks (building materials). Other items reflect materials from industrial processes such spent foundry sand (to be mixed with potting soil), and specialized items such as spent hydro-treating catalyst (metals recovery).

Along with browsing for materials, users of the marketplace can post “wanted” items, thereby, seeking items that may serve as substitutes for raw materials or other items they currently purchase. Examples of such requests that have been posted thus far include bulk alumina oxide (for metals harvesting/recovery) and bulk food waste in packaging (to be used for aerobic digestion/energy recovery).

In the circular economy, products and by-products recirculate productively through reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and maintenance. Users of the Ohio Materials Marketplace can make or save money by finding a market for their unwanted materials and avoiding landfill tipping fees; buyers save money by having access to sellers’ discounted (or free) materials; Ohio’s environment benefits by having more material removed from the waste stream.

Ohio is the first state in the US to adopt a circular economy program of this scope and scale. This leadership from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is paving the way for other states – through a new public-private partnership between the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) – to launch state-level programs modeled on the Ohio Materials Marketplace over the next few years.

For more information on the Ohio Materials Marketplace and to get involved, please visit the program website at http://ohio.materialsmarketplace.org.

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Joseph Klatt at  materials.marketplace@epa.ohio.gov or 614-644-2798.

 

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The U.S. Postal Service has a mailing service called “Every Door Direct Mail” or EDDM.  This is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to send Direct Mail advertisements to specific neighborhoods without the need or cost of mailing lists and permits.

 Every Door Direct Mail is a great way that can potentially help increase your business with our advertising tool at USPS.COM

 Every Door Direct Mail allows you to reach your local customers easily without names, addresses, or permits. You simply select the neighborhoods in your area based on demographics such as household size, age and income and we deliver your advertising mailpiece to each address.  Every Door Direct Mail is relatively inexpensive. For example, currently priced at 18.3 cents per piece you could reach 1000 potential customers for only $183.00.

 

Cynthia M Mravec

Business Development Specialist

Cynthia.m.mravec@usps.gov

U.S.P.S. Northern Ohio

2200 Orange Ave  Room 206

Cleveland, Ohio 44101

216-443-4142

www.usps.com

 

EDDM sample Pizza full menu

 

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In the News…Fund for Farmers

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and a group of Ohio investors are launching a loan fund for entrepreneurs and small- and mid-size sustainable and organic farmers.

The association and a group of Ohio investors have launced the OEFFA Investment Fund, initially putting in $500,000.  Loans are expected to be in the $5,000 to $50,000 range.  Equity and revenue-sharing agreements will be considered, based on  applicants’ requests and other circumstances, the association said.

The fund is open to Ohio-based association members who are farms or related businesses in the agricultural supply chain.  Entities receiving money from the fund must commit to support sustainable agricultural products throughout the life of the investment, the association said.

For more information, go online to http://www.oeffa.org/invest.php or call Carol Goland at 614-421-2022, or email oifinfo@oeffa.org.

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 Business Taxes and Affordable Healthcare -the Affordable Care Act

From Business.USA.gov

The Virtual Small Business Workshop includes 9 lessons with 3 being identified as follows:

  • What you need to know about federal taxes and your new business;
  • What you need to know about federal taxes when hiring employees or contractors; and
  • How to make tax deposits and file a return to report your payroll taxes.

Please direct all questions to Business.USA.gov

 

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Fun word for merchants…and their customers!

 A lagniappe (/ˈlænjæp/lan-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of
a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly,
“something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.”
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