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Starting Up? Frequently-Used Northeast Ohio Business Start-up Resources
by Mark Krosse
February 8, 2024

Want to Start a Business or Non-Profit, But Don't Know How?

The United States is ranked by the World Bank only 55th for Ease of Starting a Business 

We feel your pain! .... Cleveland Score can help.

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Not Sure What Type of Legal Entity to Use?

  • Learn more about entity selection pro & con's
  • Learn how to form an Ohio LLC - Limited Liability Company: Download Guide to Starting an LLC in Ohio
    • ​​An LLC is preferred for most start-ups, including sole-proprietors and partnerships
    • ​But also see Ohio Guides for other entity types [S, C, or Non-Profit] at Ohio Secretary of State Business Guides
  • See more below if you are considering a 501C3 Non-Profit
  • We recommend obtaining an EIN for your business from the IRS Get one online at IRS
  • Definitely consider getting Business Insurance for more protectioneven though you have a legal entity
  • We also suggest you find the NAICS code for your type of business; the NAICS code is requested by IRS when you file taxes and is useful for market research and financial benchmarking

Wondering about Licenses, Regulations, Trademarks?

Don't Forget about Taxes!

Looking for Funding, Legal Help, Accounting Help?

Marketing: Get Your Business Online Fast & Free and/or Certified!

Considering a 501C3 Non-Profit?

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About the author
Mark Krosse
Since joining the SCORE volunteer team in 2005, Mark has served hundreds of entrepreneurs helping them launch and operate successful small businesses. Some have since expanded nationally.
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Cleveland, OH 44115

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