New guide offers instructions for starting a business in Clermont County

BATAVIA, OH – Clermont County is proud to announce a new resource for Clermont County residents who have the next big idea or want to be an entrepreneur.  The Clermont County Starting a Business Guide provides concise, step-by-step instructions on starting a business in the county.

The county’s Department of Community and Economic Development saw a need as inquiries about starting a business have increased in recent months as the region returns to normal in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From market research and drafting a business plan, to marketing and maintaining your business, this guide provides the roadmap to opening a business in the county, while also providing all the resources needed to get your business up and running.

“We’re committed to creating an environment that helps businesses grow and thrive in Clermont County,” said Claire Corcoran, President, Board of County Commissioners. “This guide provides an excellent tool to help our Clermont County residents be successful with their ideas and dreams.”

Clermont County Starting a Business walks hopeful entrepreneurs through the first basic steps of starting a business including business funding, site selection, business structure, licensing, taxes, zoning, talent, registering the business and other considerations.

“Governments don’t create jobs; businesses do,” Commission David Painter added.  “Governments can provide training, planning, infrastructure and support that allows individuals to opportunity to a new business. We’re excited to offer this tool to those looking to fulfill their dream of starting a new business in our county.”

Clermont County Starting a Business was designed to be helpful to entrepreneurs of any age.  The layout and language is easy to read, and the topics and information have been tapered so that younger entrepreneurs would not be discouraged and others with busy lifestyles can get through the material quickly.  Although not comprehensive, the guide provides resources where entrepreneurs can obtain more detailed information at each step.

“This guide helps simplify the complexities of starting a small business,” Commissioner Bonnie Batchler said. “We are happy to help those interesting in starting a business here. This guide is just one of many ways that our economic development team supports business-minded people in our county.”

The county’s Department of Community and Economic Development produced the 16-page booklet. Print copies are available at 101 East Main St., 3rd Floor, Batavia, OH 45103. The guide also is available online at