Industry Links

ASK ORA Industry Links

People in the foodservice business need a range of information, some of it not easy to put your finger on. That's why the ORA has created a resource for our members. From Census and Labor Statistics information, to the best food, cooking, and chefs web sites -- we link you to them all.

Are You Ready To Own A Restaurant?

An article by our Strategic Partner RCI Business Brokers to help you determine if you are ready to own a restaurant.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find statistics on consumer spending, wages, demographics and much more.

CAT Tax Law Changes

A review of the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT).

County Health Departments

A complete list of Ohio county health departments.

Doing Business within the State of Ohio

Information on doing business within the State of Ohio, eCommerce, employer issues, licensing and permits, laws and regulation, taxes and fees and starting a business.

Local Health Departments

A complete list of Ohio Local Health Districts.

National Restaurant Association

The association for the restaurant industry at the national level.

Central Ohio Food Truck Association

The Central Ohio Food Truck Association is the industry association advocating for food truck owners and mobile food vendor operators serving central Ohio.

Official U.S. Citizenship

Find the information and forms you need to gain U.S. Citizenship.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Safety and health of U.S. workers.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

All of your workers' compensation information in one place.

Ohio Business Gateway

Offering Ohio businesses online filing and payment system.

Ohio Department of Commerce

Information and forms you need as a business.

Ohio Department of Education

High-quality educational options that lead to improved student achievement.

Ohio Department of Health

Food safety guide and contact info for local health departments.

Ohio Department of Taxation

Sales and use tax applies to the retail sale, lease, and rental in Ohio

Ohio Division of Liquor Control

A complete guide to serving alcohol in your establishment.

Ohio House of Representatives

Learn about your legislators and the laws currently in the House.

Ohio MarketMaker

National network of websites connecting farmers with food retailers.

Ohio Secretary of State Business Services

Includes information needed to start a business.

Ohio Tourism Works

NA collaborative effort by the Ohio Tourism Roundtable.

Ohio Wage and Hour Bureau, A Division of Labor and Worker Safety

Administers and enforces Ohio's Minimum Wage Laws.

Opening a Foodservice Business in Columbus, Ohio

This guide was designed to assist those who are planning to open a food business in Columbus or Worthington.

Sales and Use Tax Blanket Exemption Certificate

A downloadable Sales and Use Tax Blanket Exemption Certificate from the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Sales Tax Exempt Listing of Restaurant Equipment & Supplies

Industry specific listing of restaurant items that are exempt from sales tax as specified by the State of Ohio.


A nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses.

Social Security

Social Security and Medicare information.

State & Local Governments

A directory of official state, county and city government websites.

The Ohio Senate

Learn about your legislators and the laws currently in the Senate.

U.S. Census Bureau

Statistics from 2000 U.S. census including people and business.

U.S. Department of Education

Includes specific sections for students, teachers, administrators and parents.

U.S. Department of Justice

Offers funding opportunities to conduct research.

U.S. Department of State

Did You Know? The U.S. State Department issues passports.

U.S. Department of Immigration

Information on healthy eating, nutrition, and obesity prevention.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Information about Clean Air Act, water, mold, acid rains, recycling and waste.