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State, Google Team Up On Small Business Effort


Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says a new partnership with Google will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start small businesses and establish an online presence.  Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

"There has never been a better time to start a business in Ohio.”" 
Rob Biederman, of Google, made that claim after announcing a new partnership with the state.  
Now when someone registers their business with the secretary of state'’s office they’'ll have a chance to create their own website and make their business easier to find through Google.  
Secretary of State Jon Husted said his office is finding more ways of relying on web tools and services rather than the old days of paperwork filing.  
“That'’s regulatory reform. That'’s a real example of how you made it easier for the public of a business to comply with government rules and regulations. And that’'s what we hope everybody in Ohio will do,” said Husted.  
The announcement comes on the same day the business registration fee fell from $125 to $99.  

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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