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So you're thinking about starting a business or - even better - actually STARTING a business? Here are some ideas to get you started.  The certainly is no one way to become successful, after-all innovation is what makes America so great.  But sometimes you just need something to get you started.  That's what this page is all about; ideas and resources.

While we welcome the expansion and relocation of existing businesses, we are also very excited about the prospect of new business development from within.  That's what this page is about.  If you are already established please switch to the resources we have provided to Grow your Business or Relocate a Business here.


Additional help can be found at the Small Business Administration's (SBA) website and through the Ohio Business Gateway guide to Starting a Business.

Do you have an idea for a business? Need an idea for a business? Try some of these resources:

  • Interested in technology? Take a look at Technology Transfer
  • Consider purchasing a franchise.
  • Want to team up with an inventor or other founder? Check out partnership meet-ups such as CoFoundersLab.

Have you registered your business name?  What's in a name?

Steps and considerations in choosing your business name
  • Verify you're not violating another trademark by searching the US Trademark Database
  • Register your trade name in Ohio.
  • Optional: Research and file a trademark for your business in Ohio and / or at the national level

Have you chosen a legal structure?

Considerations for choosing your legal structure (Note: consult with an attorney or accountant for professional insight on the best legal structure for your business based on your plans and goals). Additional articles for choosing your legal structure:

Will it just be you working in the business?

If you want help in issuing your payroll and making sure your taxes get paid, considering using a Payroll Service. The SBA website provides insights but make sure you compare several company's services and pricing before selecting one. Your best bet is to ask for referrals from business owners you know!

Next Steps:

  1. Verify you have any required licenses and permits (Note: Businesses - INCLUDING HOME BASED BUSINESSES - may also be subject to zoning restrictions. Check with the Planning and Zoning Department to validate if this applies to your business).
  2. Make sure you have a good PLAN.
  3. Explore options for locating your business in the City of Franklin.
  4. Check out programs and services offered and funding options available to help you start and grow your business.
  5. Be successful and let us feature you as a success story!

Other Considerations and Resources: