November is “Veteran-Owned Businesses” Month

COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced November as “Veteran-Owned Businesses” month. Throughout the month, Ohio Business Profile will highlight a series of businesses around the state that are owned by veterans.

“The men and women of our military have secured our freedom and supported our values, and I hope that you’ll support their businesses,” Secretary Husted said. “Every November, we honor the men and women of our military on Veterans Day. Another way we can honor them is to use the services and products that are developed right here in Ohio through veteran-owned businesses.”

Businesses profiled this month include:

• Outlook Financial Center, LLC (Troy, Ohio) provides retirement, college, and tax planning, along with insurance and asset protection. Their priority is to maintain strong commitments with their clients and build lasting relationships.

• Mutt’s Sauce, LLC (Beavercreek, Ohio) is an all-purpose specialty sauce created by Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. during his time in the United States Air Force. Before passing away, Mutt left his secret recipe to his granddaughter who is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Since then, she has turned her grandfather’s passion into a successful Ohio-based business.

• JBS Industries (Lebanon, Ohio) is a leading car wash supplies manufacturer that has been creating quality products and industrial cleaners since 1979. On top of being an automatic car wash supply manufacturer, JBS Industries also offers products in industries such as dog washing, pressure washing, and aviation.

• GPK Indoor Entertainment (Columbus, Ohio) is an entertainment center focused on family fun. With activities such as indoor kart racing and laser tag, GPK has become a Central Ohio favorite for birthday parties, team building activities, and other events.

• Walt Churchill’s Market (Maumee, Ohio) has been serving Toledo residents for more than a century. The market proudly supports local farmers, growers, and producers that provide some of the finest, high-quality goods Ohio has to offer.

In January, Secretary Husted announced that 2017 was a record-breaking year for new businesses formed in the Buckeye State. This marks the eighth consecutive year Ohio has seen a record number of new entities file to set up shop.

Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.

Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 to highlight Ohio companies that create transformative products, offer outstanding service, contribute to their local communities and employ Ohioans. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website. Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.