Starting a Business

Starting or growing a business? Let us help you!

Regardless of your business plan, enterprises big and small will find a welcome home and excellent opportunities in Xenia. Our community offers the resources, people, and accessibility to facilitate a wide variety of business endeavors.

BusinessFirst! Tool Kit

Created in 2001, and nationally recognized, the BUSINESSFIRST! Program uses a customer oriented approach to economic development that connects businesses to resources in the Dayton Region. We are the single-point of contact for all of your business needs. BUSINESSFIRST! has provided assistance to over 6,500 businesses in the Greater Dayton Region - we are here to assist your company, too.

A lot goes into starting and running a business, from creating a business plan and obtaining financing to hiring employees and marketing your business. The BusinessFirst! Tool Kit provides on-line resources to help guide both new and experienced business people.

Access the Tool Kit

Entrepreneurs Start Here

The Dayton region is the home for innovation, with more US patents per capita than anywhere in the nation! Xenia is proud of its entrepreneurial heritage, with products as diverse as Pepsodent toothpaste to the starting gate for horse racing developed here. A regional collaboration known as Dayton Tech Guide can help provide resources to those looking to start a new business. For more information, click here.

City Permitting

Many business endeavors require permits from local governments, based on ordinances aimed to encourage business success while protecting the quality of a community’s living and business environment.

Our website offers help in navigating through the permitting process for getting started or growing, see the process.

State Level Information

The State of Ohio’s 1st Stop Business Connection is the easiest way to learn about state-level requirements and assistance. Learn more: Starting a Business