Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Friday the businesses selected for this month’s Ohio Business Spotlight.

This summer, Ohioans want to experience the great outdoors while also helping curb the spread of COVID-19. The Secretary of State’s office is highlighting outdoor recreation businesses in various regions of the state that provide safe outdoor activities for families by embracing CDC guidelines, such as wearing masks and social distancing.

The featured businesses provide acres of land to enjoy activities with smaller spread out groups, outdoor sports, camping, kayaking and even working farms.

“Ohio has amazing natural resources and our outdoor recreation businesses will help families  get the most out of this summer,” LaRose said. “I applaud businesses that have gone the extra mile to create  opportunities for fun and healthy physical activity and a chance to enjoy nature while staying safe.”

Among the businesses highlighted by LaRose’s office is Long’s Retreat, located at 50 Bell Hollow Road in Latham. According to their profile on the SOS website:

“Through June and July, Long’s has primarily accommodated families choosing to staycation this year and enjoy time with each other in a more local setting, rather than traveling distances to other destinations like the beach. While many large groups have had to cancel, like family reunions and band camps, Long’s has been able to rent cabins to smaller groups still enjoying the summer. Staring this year, they no longer offer overnight camping.

“While all of the activities opened little by little this season, Long’s Family Retreat has worked closely with the county health department to fully open in accordance with the guidelines from Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health. For more information about Long’s Family Retreat, check them out at their website, www.longsretreat.com.”

Secretary LaRose and his team are continuing to help connect businesses with the right resources they need to grow and succeed. Businesses can visit OhioSoS.gov/Business for a full list of these federal, state, local and private resources. 

Ohio Business Spotlight is an initiative designed to highlight strong businesses that can serve as examples of Ohio’s economic potential. Ohio businesses start at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, so there is a special opportunity to empower new entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to succeed in the Buckeye State. Each month, Secretary LaRose selects various businesses around the state that share a common theme.