BUSINESS

Secretary of State Jon Husted celebrates women-owned companies

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is celebrating Women-Owned Business Month by highlighting area companies run by female entrepreneurs.

In a press release issued today, May 26, he writes:

As the father of two young girls, I want them to have every opportunity afforded to them in life. Whether to be astronauts, professional athletes, CEOs or professors, I want their dreams to be within reach and I want them to be able to pursue those dreams here in the Buckeye State.

As the first stop for anyone wishing to start a new business in Ohio, we're working hard in the Secretary of State's Office to make getting your new business off the ground quickly and easily. That's why each month, we choose an industry or sector of Ohio's economy to highlight and promote in order to raise awareness for the hard working and unique businesses in our state.

May 2015 is "Women-Owned" business month in Ohio and one of the businesses we are highlighting is from right here in Central Ohio.

Sheri Chaney Jones has held a number of positions inside and outside government that have allowed her to gain valuable insight into how successful organizations operate. She's turned her experience into a successful business, Measurement Resources Company, which helps companies and government entities collect and use data to their advantage to meet goals in a cost effective manner.

This is just one of the many great examples out there. Female entrepreneurs represent 28 percent of all Ohio businesses and that number is on the rise. Since 1997, we've seen a 31 percent growth in female-owned businesses and those businesses have seen a collective 49 percent growth in revenues.

Possibly more importantly, women-owned businesses employ 289,000 Ohioans, accounting for $7 billion in annual payroll.

Identifying good role models for our kids is an important part of helping them mature. That's just one of the many reasons I'm proud to highlight successful Ohio female entrepreneurs this this May.