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Office of Business Assistance's Small Business Advocate

If an agreement cannot be reached, please contact the Advocate at

Toll Free

(800) 848-1300 Ext. 6-2718


(614) 466-0829

By Mail

Ohio Development Services Agency
Business Services Division
Small Business Advocate
P.O. Box 1001
28th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1001

The Small Business Advocate's primary mission is to assist small businesses when they experience unreasonable or unfair state regulatory actions, such as investigations, excessive fines, penalties, threats, or other enforcement action by a state agency. The advocate will investigate the issue and work toward a mutually acceptable resolution after all means of direct resolution by the small business owner have been attempted. It is also recommended that all previous documentation be available for review, including names and contact information of all interested parties and any correspondence.