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 Secretary Warner Invited to be Presenter at WV Business Summit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Because of a renewed commitment to focus on the business and licensing responsibilities of the Office, Secretary of State Mac Warner was invited to participate in the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 81st Annual Meeting and the Business Summit.

Warner’s presentation will be part of a panel discussion entitled “Community Lifelines: Small Business and Tourism and Their Impact on West Virginia." The presentation will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th.

Since taking office on January 16th, Warner has worked with entrepreneurs, as well as business and community leaders, to help provide more convenient and reliable services to the business community. As of this date, the Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for maintaining the records of 108,228 companies doing business in West Virginia, excluding sole proprietorships. The Office is also responsible for maintaining the records of 3,419 charitable organizations operating in the state, as well as 41,172 notary publics.

By State Code, the Secretary of State also maintains separate registries for persons who perform marriages, private investigators, credit services, scrap metal dealers and sports agents.

On Friday, Warner will open the Secretary of State’s north-central “Business Hub” – a regional satellite office in downtown Clarksburg that will provide full business services to area constituents. The Business & Licensing Specialists working out of the Clarksburg Business Hub will be able to offer all of the services provided by the offices located in the state capitol.

This opening will be in advance to Warner officially opening the “One Stop” business center in Charleston. The One Stop is a multi-agency effort to assist business owners with everything needed to start and open a business – all located at one location. The Secretary of State’s Office will be joined by the Tax Department, the Division of Labor and WorkForce West Virginia.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the state Chamber of Commerce as a presenter for the Business Summit. I’m also pleased that business leaders recognize and support what we’re doing in the Secretary of State’s Office. My presentation also gives me an opportunity to brag a little on the dedication of our staff, who are making all of the new changes happen,” Warner said.

“We have a saying in our Office that “We Mean Business," and we really do. We deal with one customer, one business and one voter at a time.”

In addition to Secretary Warner, other panel participants include Division of Tourism Director Chelsea Ruby and Small Business Development Center Director Erika Bailey.

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit will take place August 30th through September 1st at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event.


Steven Allen Adams - Assistant Communications Director