Starting a Business

Visit "The 1st Stop Business Connection" at The Ohio Department of Development or call 1-800-248-4040, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to request a business information kit.

Your FREE business information kit will contain the basics all business must know and the state-level regulations and forms specifically for your business. You will still need to check federal and local regulations before starting your business. After you complete your kit request, you will be able to click on links to the state and federal agencies every business comes in contact with.

After reviewing your kit, contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for free, one-on-one business consulting assistance. Our SBDC is located in Kent at the Kent Regional Business Alliance. Visit or call (330)474-3595.

The Ravenna Planning and Zoning Code, along with the Ravenna Zoning Map, can be found under the Building and Engineering Home Page or by calling (330)296-5666.