News briefs – Aug. 16

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Ohio news briefs

Ohio news briefs

HUSTED RELEASES NEW BUSINESS FILING FIGURES FOR JULY – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced 9,348 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during July 2015. This number represents a significant improvement over the same month in 2014 when just 6,922 entities filed.

So far in 2015, 59,862 new businesses have been formed in Ohio, maintaining course for 2015 to be another record-breaking year for the state. At the same point in 2014, 56,179 new businesses were filed with the Secretary of State.

At Secretary Husted’s request, the General Assembly in June approved a 21 percent cut to the cost of starting and maintaining a new business in Ohio (see official announcement). This reduction was made possible by Secretary Husted’s responsible fiscal stewardship over the office, which reduced operating expenses by more than $14 million over past four years, representing a 16 percent cut from the previous administration.

The cost reduction, which goes into effect this fall, represents the first time this fee has been cut in modern history and will make Ohio the least expensive state in the region to start and maintain a new business.

OHIO STATE NEWARK PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT – Marilee Martens, associate professor at The Ohio State University at Newark has received a grant for $30,000 to study Assistive Technology (AT) in individuals with Williams syndrome from The Ohio State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement.

The study will involve examining the effectiveness of AT interventions with individuals who have developmental disabilities. Benefits include documenting the effectiveness of AT in the classroom for students with a developmental disability; building upon this research base to further develop and refine AT interventions; helping students gain independence in classroom activities, and improving their educational outcomes. This knowledge will also increase the opportunities for educators to recognize and capitalize on the strengths of students with developmental disabilities and gain confidence to implement AT interventions with future students in their classrooms.

“We are thrilled that we were approached by the National Williams Syndrome Association and asked to head up these research projects, said Martens. Intervention-based research is very important to me, and it’s very fulfilling to conduct research that will make a positive impact in the lives of those with developmental disabilities.”

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