May is non-profit businesses month


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COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature nonprofit businesses throughout the month of May.

There are more than 65,000 active nonprofit corporations filed with the Secretary of State’s office. The nonprofit sector is one of the largest employers in the state, employing roughly 480,000 people.

“Every day, I meet people whose lives have been changed for the better thanks to a not-for-profit organization,” Secretary Husted said. “Not-for-profits are helping people lead independent, better lives. They’re helping solve community problems and improving the quality of life for people all across Ohio.”

Companies profiled this month include:

• SourcePoint (Delaware, Ohio) provides community support with in-home care services such as Meals on Wheels, transportation to medical appointments, and resources for family caregivers.

• Agape for Youth, Inc. (Dayton, Ohio) was founded in 1989 to match children in need of care to foster homes, which could guide and support them as they grow. Their focus is to accept each youth that comes into their program in a way that each individual may find viable alternatives to meet the challenges in their life.

• Children’s Hunger Alliance (Columbus, Ohio) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. They focus on five key areas including early childhood nutrition, afterschool meals and snacks, school breakfast expansion, summer meal expansion, and educating children along with child care providers on nutrition and physical education.

• CHOICES, Inc. (Dayton, Ohio) serves youth and families through three main programs that include foster care, independent living, and home-based services. Their staff is committed to creating an all-inclusive environment for their youth and families.

• Hospets (Marysville, Ohio) is an all-volunteer organization that provides care to the pets of senior citizens. Some of their services include transporting pets to grooming and veterinary appointments, and assisting with the pet’s basic needs.

• Kettering Backpack Program (Dayton, Ohio) provides at-risk students with a bag of food each Friday throughout the school year. This food helps sustain the students’ nutritional needs over the weekends when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.

• Live Healthy Appalachia (Athens, Ohio) promotes healthy eating and active living in the Appalachian region through educational opportunities and community partnerships.

• Making Kids Count (Youngstown, Ohio) is dedicated to making the lives of children and their families better by focusing on their individual needs. From after school tutoring to their summer food program, Making Kids Count offers a variety of resources to help children of all ages.

• Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center (Lima, Ohio) is a research and development service with a focus of facilitating collaborations that can generate new capital investments and create jobs.

• Ohio Energy Project (Worthington, Ohio) proudly serves Ohio schools, teachers and students through education on energy conservation and efficiency, the science of energy, and the environmental impact of energy use.

• Partnership for Innovation in Education (Cincinnati, Ohio) creates transformational and results-driven educational tools to prepare the 21st century workforce for success in the global marketplace.

• The Ridge Project (McClure, Ohio) is a Christian organization dedicated to empowering individuals and improving the lives of families throughout the state of Ohio. They believe that strong families produce strong children, who will pass on that legacy of strength for generations.

From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses with 2016 being the seventh-consecutive record-breaking year for new businesses in the state.

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 the 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 making people aware of Ohio companies that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website, where Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

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