Cordray offers services to small businesses

John O'Brien Feb. 2, 2010, 12:27pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray said Tuesday he is starting an initiative to help small businesses from scams.

Cordray said his office has received more than 500 complaints from small businesses and nonprofits about deceptive advertising, billing disputes, unauthorized charges and shoddy workmanship in the last six months.

"Like the rest of us, small businesses in our state are carefully watching their bottom line," Cordray said.

"My consumer protection section is able to help small business owners understand how to solve these kinds of problems and get back the money owed to them, regardless of how nominal the dollar figure.

"I understand that it matters to the survival of these small businesses and it is a priority for the Attorney General's Office."

Cordray said he can help small businesses deal with problems like invoices for unauthorized advertisements, payments for a products or services that were never received, overcharging for property repairs and disputed invoices for office supplies.

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