State Steering Committee

State Quick Facts

Tridip Barua

Owner, 3C Food and Beverage

Peter Corrigan

Former Congressional Candidate; Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, Prestolite Electric Inc.

John Elsasser

Owner, Canal Tavern

Gary Kerr

Owner, Kerr Rental Properties

Mary Leavitt

Owner, Flag Lady’s Flag Store

Fred Lee

Owner, Actual Brewing

John Miceli

Owner, Miceli Glass; Owner, The Sunnyside Store Restaurant; Trustee, Dover Township

Arfan Midani

Owner, A&A New And Used Tire and Rims

Larry Moore

Owner, AutoTech

Matthew Old

Co-Founder, Endpoint Cyber Security

William Overbey

President, William Overbey & Associates

Terri Page

Owner, Valley Catering, LLC

Sachin Silva

Owner, Silva, LLC

Greg Smolik

Owner, Best Solutions Medical Supply

Ann Torbit

Owner, Tampico Mexican Restaurant

Ralph Travick

Owner, Buckeye Pizza

Dexter Vaughan

Owner, JDD, Inc.

Jeff Wilkinson

Owner, A Forestry Consulting


The Buckeye State



2016 Population:


Gross State Product:

$625.7 Billion

Total Nonfarm Employment:



John Kasich (R)


Sherrod Brown (D)
Rob Portman (R)

Representatives: 16

Support For Local Business

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH): “Our economy was built on the simple idea that if you work hard you can succeed, but too many Americans are putting in long hours but barely getting by, let alone getting ahead. We cannot allow American workers to be taxed into poverty.”

(Senator Sherrod Brown, “Brown Outlines Efforts to Expand Economic Opportunity to All Americans, Make Tax Code Work Better For Families”, Press Release, 6/7/16)

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): ““Small business is the backbone of our economy. I will continue to do what I have done for years and that’s fiercely advocate for Ohio’s small businesses.”

(Senator Rob Portman, “Small Business Endorses Portman for Reelection,” Press Release, 5/9/16)

Representative Tim Ryan (D) “Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy.”

(Representative Tim Ryan, “New Resources Announced for Ohio’s Small Businesses,” https://timryan.house.gov/press-release/new-resources-announced-ohio%E2%80%99s-small-businesses)

Representative Joyce Beatty (D) “As a former small business owner, I understand the unique challenges small business owners face. Supporting entrepreneurship creates millions of American jobs and is the best way to spur innovation, preserve community character and ensure economic prosperity for generations to come.”

(Representative Joyce Beatty, “Beatty on Small Business,” https://beatty.house.gov/issues/small-business)

Business Highlights

Ohio’s 939,317 small businesses represent 99.6% of all employers in the state and employ 2.1 million workers.

Women-owned businesses make up 306,700 of Ohio small businesses.

Veteran-owned businesses make up 91,200 of Ohio small businesses.

A total of 16,651 companies, which operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, export from Ohio.

Ohio exports reached a record $49.1 billion in 2016, with products and services going to over 211 countries.

Twenty-three Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Buckeye State.

Sources: Small Business Administration, U.S. Census Quickfacts, Business Roundtable, International Trade Administration, Fortune 500,  FRED Economic Data, Bureau of Labor Statistics