Key Contacts for Starting a Business

Ohio’s First Stop Business Connection

This provides entrepreneurs with information about licenses and permits required by the State of Ohio.
614.466.4232 or 800.248.4040

U.S. Small Business Administration

A great source of information and advice for persons looking to start their own business.

Internal Revenue Service

The I.R.S. has prepared a “starting a business” check list page. Or, you can call the I.R.S. to request a free resource kit.
800.829.1040 or Mansfield Office: 419.522.9204

Ashland County Auditor

Contact for Vendor’s License and Personal Property Tax form 920 (must be filed within 90 days of starting a new business). Located in the Ashland County Courthouse.

Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

New businesses should also contact the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss SCORE (a free counseling service) and the various programs offered by the Chamber to help local businesses save money.

Ashland County Health Department

Contact for permits for Food or Vending Service or Tattoo or Body Piercing establishments. Located at 1211 Claremont Avenue, Ashland.

City of Ashland / Mayor’s Office

The City of Ashland issues the following types of permits: Rubbish Hauling, Junkyard, Transient Vendor, and Door-to Door Advertising. Located at 206 Claremont Avenue.

City of Ashland Income Tax Office

The City of Ashland has a 2.0% income tax. Located at 218 Luther Street.

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Resources for unemployment insurance and new hire reporting.
419.289.8141 or 888.872.1490

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at Ashland University can be a good starting point. Provides individual, confidential counseling and training programs for potential or existing businesses. Contact Michalina Schneider at 419.207.6910 or by email at

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