The Ohio Department of Commerce is the State’s chief regulatory agency.
Our mission is to assist businesses to operate lawfully so they can succeed as jobs-creators and we can safeguard Ohioans.
The Department of Commerce is self-supporting, through fees. We issue nearly 600,000 licenses, permits, registrations and certifications each year in various professions, industries and commercial enterprises.
The Department is made of up 8 Divisions. Through the divisions, we regulate banks and savings institutions, credit unions, mortgage lenders and consumer finance businesses; Securities professionals and products; real estate professionals and cable television. The Division of Liquor Control is a part of the Department of Commerce, as is the Division of the State Fire Marshal. We regulate the building industry and collect and hold Unclaimed Funds until we can return the money to its rightful owner.
The Department of Commerce is proud to provide excellent customer service. If you do not find what you are looking for on this site, please contact us, we would be happy to assist you.
Porter served as a Commissioner at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio from 2011-2013. There, he assisted in the regulation of Ohio’s utilities, which include electric, water, gas, telecommunications, and commercial transportation. Before his appointment as a Commissioner, Porter was a private practice attorney in Columbus, Ohio where his legal practice focused on real estate taxation and public utilities in addition to providing general counsel for public agencies, including municipalities and counties.
Director Porter is active in his local community. He serves as a Trustee at his undergraduate alma mater, Capital University, where he leads the governance committee and the annual presidential assessment. Porter also sits on the audit committee and nominations committee at Capital University. Previously, Porter served as a member of the Gahanna City Council, Chair of the Gahanna Board of Zoning Appeals, President of the Gahanna Community Improvement Corporation, member of the Old Gahanna Study Committee, and member of the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Director Porter received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Capital University and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Director Porter is focused on ensuring that the Department of Commerce provides extraordinary customer service and creates a statewide environment for job creation, all while safeguarding Ohioans.
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