Protecting What Matters The Ohio Department of Commerce is the state's chief regulatory agency with a specific focus on consumer protection. We issue more than 600,000 licenses, permits, registrations, and certifications each year in various professions, industries, and commercial enterprises. We have a vital role in keeping people, property, and assets safe. From real estate to fireworks, banks to construction, and more, this podcast is a resource for businesses, families, and individuals that want to protect what matters most in their life.
Protecting What Matters

Protecting What Matters

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The Ohio Department of Commerce is the state's chief regulatory agency with a specific focus on consumer protection. We issue more than 600,000 licenses, permits, registrations, and certifications each year in various professions, industries, and commercial enterprises. We have a vital role in keeping people, property, and assets safe. From real estate to fireworks, banks to construction, and more, this podcast is a resource for businesses, families, and individuals that want to protect what matters most in their life.

Most Recent Episodes

Breaking Down the 2024 Ohio Building Codes

In this episode, we discuss Ohio's new Building Standards codes for the Mechanical and Plumbing industries and what that means for Ohio's construction landscape. Join us as we talk with Board of Building Standards Chair Tim Galvin to discuss critical changes and share examples of how these regulations play a crucial role in our lives while providing valuable insight into the safety of Ohioans, businesses, and the construction industry. Click here to learn more about the 2024 Ohio Building Code Rules.

Navigating Affordable Housing Resources for Ohio Consumers & Real Estate Agents

Join us in this educating episode as we delve into an important partnership between the Ohio Division of Real Estate and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Discover how this partnership benefits not only consumers seeking affordable housing solutions but also empowers real estate professionals with the resources and support they need to thrive in a competitive housing market. From innovative initiatives to collaborative efforts, shaping Ohio's real estate landscape, explore how these agencies are working hand in hand to build a brighter future for communities across the state. Resources: Ohio's Home Buyers Guide Ohio Housing Finance Agency

Navigating Affordable Housing Resources for Ohio Consumers & Real Estate Agents

Season of DORAs: Exploring an Exception to Ohio's Open Container Law

Exploring Ohio's DORA - we invite listeners to into the world of Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas (DORAs) just in time for summer. As warmer weather increases, we're outdoors to dine, shop, and connect with our communities, at events and festivals throughout Ohio. In this episode of Protecting What Matters, you understand the creation and evolution of DORAs and hear how they have become vibrant spaces in some communities. Tune in and discover how DORAs are not just about refreshment but also essential to the essence of community and outdoor enjoyment.

Navigating Mortgages and Real Estate Professionals in the Homebuying Process

In this episode of Protecting What Matters, we're helping Ohioans navigate the complex process of selecting the right mortgage lender and real estate professional. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner, we provide invaluable insights and tips to help ensure you make informed decisions and have access to the resources you need to protect what matters most— with your finances and home. Experts from the Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Financial Institutions and Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing provide important steps to help you both before and during your next home purchase. Check out our valuable resources by visiting: com.ohio.gov/Mortgage and com.ohio.gov/HomeBuyersGuide

Navigating Mortgages and Real Estate Professionals in the Homebuying Process

Spring Into Safety: Ohio State Fire Marshal's Essential Guide to a Fire-Free Home This Season

In the spirit of spring, a season synonymous with renewal and tidying up, the Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of State Fire Marshal's Fire Prevention Bureau reminds you that spring cleaning and fire safety go hand-in-hand. We'll walk you through what you need to know as you clean up your home. #Ohio #OhioCommerce #OhioFire #ProtectingWhatMatters #NewPodcast #Podcast #FireSafety

Spring Into Safety: Ohio State Fire Marshal's Essential Guide to a Fire-Free Home This Season

Ohioans, Protect Your Money: Financial Fraud & Identify Theft by the Numbers

Financial fraud and identity theft continues to be a pressing issue for consumers across the country and here in Ohio. In this episode, we break down the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Network Report, revealing the shocking reality that consumers nationwide lost an alarming $10 billion to fraud in 2023. Ohio ranked 26th in the country, with $154 million in losses to Ohioans last year. The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Financial Institutions Office of Consumer Affairs Program Administrator, Viktoria Jurkovic, sheds light on these alarming trends and provides consumers, like you, with the resources and tools essential in making smart financial decisions. Check out some of our free consumer resources by visiting: com.ohio.gov/consumers

Ohioans, Protect Your Money: Financial Fraud & Identify Theft by the Numbers

Consumer Protection for Ohioans: How We Can Help You Prevent Fraud and Secure Your Life

The Ohio Department of Commerce produced this episode for National Consumer Protection Week, but the tips and educational content are good for you and your family year-round! Assistant Director Charity Robl explains all the different ways we protect Ohio's consumers, help them make more confident decisions, and take decisive action in many areas of their life

Consumer Protection for Ohioans: How We Can Help You Prevent Fraud and Secure Your Life

Missing Money: Frequently Asked Questions About Unclaimed Funds in Ohio

Ohio's Division of Unclaimed Funds Claims Examiner, Supervisor Anitra Davis, answers frequently asked questions about finding, filing, and claiming your missing money. Hear testimonials from other Ohioans about their experience with claiming unclaimed funds. The Commerce Department's Division of Unclaimed Funds is holding almost $4 billion in unclaimed funds waiting to be claimed. Part of this stash could be yours. Visit unclaimedfunds.ohio.gov to search and see if you have unclaimed funds today!

Non-Medical Marijuana: Breaking Down Ohio's First Set of Proposed Rules

Business owners and consumers around the state of Ohio have questions about the Division of Cannabis Control's first set of proposed rules. In this episode of Protecting What Matters, we sit down with Superintendent Jim Canepa and the division's chief counsel Andrew Makoski to talk through who can receive licenses, the timeline for awarding licenses, and why it remains a benefit to be a medical marijuana patient. For more information on this new division within Commerce, please visit our FAQ.

Have a Cable Problem?

We explore Ohio's Video Service Authorization Program in this podcast, you'll discover what we do for cable customers who are having issues with their cable providers. Linda Pausch, our program administrator, shares when we can help consumers, how to contact us and the step-by-step process of filing a complaint. Learn more by visiting, com.ohio.gov/vsa