How to Start your Business in Whitehall

If you are ready to start a business, the City of Whitehall staff is here to help. In choosing to start in Whitehall, you have picked an ideal location just minutes from downtown Columbus and less than a mile from the Columbus International Airport as well as major arterials such as I-270 and I-670. You have also chosen an ideal business community that Rite Rug, Priority Designs, Byers Auto, Heartland Bank, and the Wasserstrom Company have decided to call home.

Licensing and Registration

Local and Regional Tools

Free Business Counseling

Women in Business Resources

Women’s Small Business Accelerator Inc.

This Columbus-based nonprofit organization offers support to female entrepreneurs through workshops on topics such as business literacy, finance, HR and employment, and marketing; a mentoring program; and office space.

Women’s Business Centers of Ohio

These centers, scattered across the state, are the only such SBA-funded initiatives in Ohio. Each location offers one-on-one counseling sessions with staff and volunteers, in which aspiring female business owners can get advice about any stage of business development.

National Association of Women Business Owners — Columbus Chapter

NAWBO is a national organization with over 7,000 members and 70 chapters across the country. Its Columbus chapter organizes an annual leadership conference, networking events, and regular membership meetings.

Business Bonds, Grants, Loans, and Tax Credits in Ohio

Ohio’s Development Services Agency offers an impressive array of bonds, grants, loans, and tax credits to help fledgling businesses in the state get off the ground. Various types of women-owned businesses are good candidates for these funds — it’s just a matter of doing the research to learn where they qualify.

Pipeline Angels

Pipeline Angels is a group of angel investors who invest only in women and nonbinary femme social entrepreneurs who identify as women. Pipeline offers angel-investing boot camps, with locations in Cleveland and Columbus, through which entrepreneurs learn valuable skills and pitch to investors, with the chance of receiving funding.

JumpStart Focus Fund

 The JumpStart Focus Fund is a $10 million venture capital seed fund that invests only in women- and minority-led tech startups based in Ohio. Each startup chosen by the fund’s investors receives $500,000 — half of it from the state of Ohio.

City Incentives



Better Your Business: City Assistance & Resources

From tax increment financing, to business loans and grants, the City may be willing to offer incentives to your business if we feel the incentive will generate a return on investment for the community. The City also boasts other non-incentive resources to help support your business and employee base. Click the link above to find out more.

Available Land and Properties

If you are still looking for a space to accommodate your new business, start by referencing the listing of available commercial properties in Whitehall.

Zoning Considerations

  • Zoning Map
  • Zoning Code
  • Request a Planning Meeting – Please contact Joe Ryan at 614-545-9702 or at

Considerations for Commercial Tenants