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

Ohio is home to more than 750,000 military veterans and over 90,000 veteran-owned businesses.

“Hard work, integrity and honesty are the bedrock principles that the men and women who serve in the military build their lives upon,” Secretary Husted said. “When their service to our country ends and those individuals chose to start a business we all benefit because those values will ensure quality products or services and that customers are treated right.”

Companies profiled this month include:

• All Ohio Sealants, Inc. (Canton, Ohio) is a professional caulking contracting business. Some of their services include masonry and concrete waterproofing, epoxy injectionsand masonry restoration.

• Donya’s Florals, LLC (Columbus, Ohio) launched in July 2014 and opened its floral e-shop in July 2015. The company’s vision is to become one of the most recognized and trusted names in corporate and personalized floristry while providing eco-friendly designs and space beautification.
• Evanhoe & Associates, Inc. (Dayton, Ohio) is a full-service information technology solutions provider and systems integrator. Their priority is to develop the right solutions for their customers.
• Metalex Manufacturing, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) offers a unique combination of engineering, manufacturing and project management expertise. With over 130 employees, Metalex Manufacturing is committed to providing customers with the latest technology equipment and systems.
• OEW Recycling, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio) is a full service recycling business in Central Ohio. The company partners with each of its customers to provide reliable, cost effective and safe disposable and/or recycling services.
• SingTone Technologies (Dayton, Ohio) specializes in multiple areas of information technology. Their mission is to create and improve processes that will increase efficiency and reduce operational costs through the use of technology.
• Weber Ranch, LLC (Wayne, Ohio) prides itself on providing natural and sustainably raised food for the surrounding community. The ranch champions its mission of “food with integrity” with products that are free of hormones and antibiotics.

From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses, and 2016 marked 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 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(opens in a new window) 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.
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