Starting a Business in Lima

1. Check the availability of the name for your business using the Ohio Secretary of State's website or call the Secretary of State at 877-767-3453

2. Register your business with the Ohio Secretary of State or call (877)767-3453

3. Secure a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) through the Internal Revenue Service

4. Determine if you need to register with the City of Lima Tax Department 

5. Register with the Ohio Department of Taxation

6. Obtain proper licenses and permits.  Check with the state government, county government, and city government

7. Check with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for what your business requires if you have one or more employees

8. Open a bank account for your business

9. Establish a legal structure for your business

More Helpful Resources: 

The Ohio Small Business Development Center: Starting Your Business in Ohio Guide 

The Ohio Secretary of State: Ohio Business Roadmap