Business Resources

Whether you're looking for help on how to design a website, how to get your business on one of our billboards, or how to get your event on Ohio's statewide calendar, we've got answers for you.

I need a new website. How do I make one for myself?

We suggest using a "What You See Is What You Get" website creator like Wix or Wordpress. For a quick guide on how to use Wix, click here

As a Chamber member, I need to update my information on your website. How do I do that?

 

What can I do to get my business on the electronic billboards?

Our billboard is $150 for 4 weeks for Chamber members. It can be designed by you or by us. It must include the Chamber logo, and are 640 x 320 pixels saved as a pdf. Contact Brittany if you would like to start the process!

How can my business get recognition on a local road sign?

 Most signs are governed through the Ohio Department of Transportation and information can be found on their website. The entire sign code document can be found here

Chapter 2J:
Specific Service Signs
"... guide signs that provide road users with business identification and directional information for eligible services and attractions. Eligible service categories shall be limited to gas, food, lodging, camping, and attractions."

Chapter 2K:
Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs
"A facility shall be eligible for tourist-oriented directional signs only if it derives its major portion of income or visitors during the normal business season from road users not residing within 10 miles of the facility and attendance at which is no less than 2,000 in any consecutive twelve month period."
Additional information can be found here and here.

 

How do I get my event on the Ohio.org events database?

The Ohio.org Listing & Events Database is the heart of TourismOhio’s efforts to provide information on all the great things there are to see and do here in Ohio. Thousands of potential travelers – and customers – visit Ohio.org or call 1-800-BUCKEYE looking for information every month. Some already know where they want to visit and are looking for information such as hours of operation and admission prices. Others may be looking for ideas for that perfect weekend getaway or family vacation.

This free marketing tool is the place where you provide the information those travelers need. With just your e-mail address and the password you choose, you can submit and update the information those web visitors and callers could use to become customers.

What’s eligible for the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database

Ohio.org Listing & Events Database Guidelines

The following guidelines will help you determine if your listing qualifies for the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database.

These guidelines were developed based on user research to determine the type of information visitors expect to find on our site and in our publications. Please keep in mind that our goal is to provide information for visitors on fun and exciting things to see and do while traveling in Ohio.

Approval/rejection of all submissions is at the sole discretion of the Office of TourismOhio, which reserves the right to edit or refuse any listing. Some listings may be approved by correcting your submission following the instructions provided. Those re-submitted without corrections may be deleted from the system.

Please remember that these are only guidelines. Please contact us directly with any questions or concerns, and we will happily provide additional guidance. Please contact TourismOhio Website Manager, Jon Dymock (Jon.Dymock@development.ohio.gov).

What can I submit as a tourism event?

  • Events organized primarily to appeal to travelers from outside the immediate area
  • Prominent events open to the general public and actively marketed to audiences statewide and/or nationwide
  • Events showcasing a town’s unique character or heritage
  • Fourth of July, New Year and Christmas/Holiday events that include activities of interest to travelers
  • Ethnic festivals providing activities of interest to travelers
  • County fairs
  • Major and minor league sporting events (individual games or the season)

What generally does NOT qualify to submit as a tourism event?

  • Events closed to any segment of the general public for any reason
  • School or College events; student events
  • Civic, club and community meetings, conferences and activities
  • Family or class reunions; church bazaars, picnics and special events
  • Retail sales and yard sales not associated with a special tourism event
  • Childrenʹs Easter Egg hunts, photos with Santa, etc. (unless part of a larger tourism event)
  • Pageants, other than statewide or regional pageants
  • Special admission deals (ex. Military Get In Free Day)/meals and offers (submit these as Deals, not Events)
  • Exceedingly localized events/fundraisers
  • Multiweek classes/workshops/summer camps
  • Book club meetings, etc.
  • Private or members‐only events
  • Events open only to home‐school students

Examples of businesses generally not eligible for our tourism database:

  • National chain/franchised restaurants (except those featuring uniquely Ohio products)
  • Standard retail establishments (i.e. grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies), except those specializing in uniquely Ohio products
  • Organizations, groups, clubs, etc. (except for Convention and Visitor Bureaus)

How to Register for an Account and Submit a Listing to the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database

Step One – Set up an Account in the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database

  • Be sure to click on and read the FAQs on Business & Event Listings.
  • Complete the brief form and click “Sign Up Button” at the bottom when you’re finished.
  • You will receive an email message with the subject line: Ohio.org Listings & Events Database User Activation Email. Please click the link to activate your new account.
  • Once your account is approved you will receive an e-mail message with the subject line: Ohio.org Listings & Events Database User Account Approved

Step Two – Submit a Listing in the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database

  • Log in to Ohio.org Listing & Events Database (http://www.listings.ohio.org)
  • Select Add “New Listing” or “New Event”
  • Submit the basic information and click “Save Button”
  • Edit the modules with details about the event and add photos
  • Please ensure that all modules above have been completed. If so, your listing is now complete and will be reviewed by TourismOhio. There is no SUBMIT BUTTON.
  • You’ll receive an email letting you know if you’re listing has been accepted or if there are questions.

Please contact us directly with any questions or concerns, and we will happily provide guidance.  TourismOhio Website Manager, Jon Dymock (Jon.Dymock@development.ohio.gov).

We have a new listing verification system for the new Ohio.org Listing & Events Database and will now conduct an audit twice a year (fall and spring) to verify the accuracy of all EVENT listings that appear on Ohio.org and are in consideration for the printed edition of the Ohio Calendar of Events.

How to Manual for Ohio.org Listing & Events Database

How to Manual for the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database
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Ohio.org Listing & Events Database Login

How do I claim my business on Google?

If a Google My Business listing has already been verified and you're authorized to manage the listing, you can request ownership from the current listing owner. If you attempt to access a claimed chain listing, you will have the opportunity to verify as a site manager.

Storefront business listings

To request ownership of a storefront business from the current listing owner:

  1. Go to business.google.com/add
  2. Enter the name and address of your business, then select it from the search results.
  3. Click Continue. You'll see a message indicating that someone else verified the listing. Otherwise, you can claim and verify the listing yourself.
  4. Click Request access and fill out the form.
  5. Click Submit. The current listing owner will receive an email asking them to get in touch with you, and you’ll receive a confirmation email.

Service-area business listings

To request ownership of a service-area business from the current listing owner:

  1. Go to business.google.com/add
  2. Enter your business information.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Complete the verification process. Verification by postcard takes a few days.
  5. Once verified, you'll see an "Owner conflict" dialog indicating that the location is a duplicate.
  6. Click Request access. The current listing owner will receive an email asking them to get in touch with you, and you’ll receive a confirmation email.

Bulk-verified accounts

If you have a bulk-verified account, you can follow the storefront business instructions above or request ownership of an existing listing as follows:

  1. Upload the location information via spreadsheet.
  2. Open the uploaded location in Google My Business.
  3. You'll see an "Owner conflict" dialog indicating that the location is a duplicate.
  4. Click Request access. The current listing owner will receive an email asking them to get in touch with you, and you’ll receive a confirmation email.

What to do after you've requested ownership

Once you've requested ownership, the current listing owner will have 7 days to respond. You can check the status of your request by signing in to Google My Business or clicking the link in your confirmation email.

If your request is approved

If your ownership request is approved, you'll be notified by email and will be able to manage the listing in Google My Business.

If your request is denied

If your ownership request is denied, you'll be notified by email and when you sign in to Google My Business. You can still suggest an edit to the listing or, in some cases, appeal the denied request.

If you don't hear back

If you don't get a response after 7 days, you might have the option to claim the listing yourself. Just sign in to Google My Business and look for a Claim or Verify button on your dashboard. (If you don't see an option to claim the listing, that means it's not eligible to be transferred.)

Information courtesy of Google

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