Charleston, W.Va. — Continuing the state’s effort to enhance an entrepreneur’s ability to open a new business in West Virginia, Secretary of State Mac Warner is announcing the availability of an additional online service to assist them.
The new online “Business Startup Wizard” is a tool to assist those wanting to open a new business on selecting the type of corporate structure that may be best for their new company.
The “Wizard” does not provide legal advice. Entrepreneurs can access a series of online questions that may help them better understand the legal structures available to them.
The new online tool was developed in partnership with WV Interactive as part of Warner’s effort to make business and licensing registration in West Virginia as easy and helpful as possible. This new service is the latest part of a substantial effort and investment by the Secretary of State’s Office to implement state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of the general public.
“It has never been easier to open a new business in West Virginia,” Warner said.
For more information on the “Business Startup Wizard” please see the News Release below.
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“Wizard” Provides Helpful Guidance to Entrepreneurs Registering a New Business in West Virginia
Charleston, W.Va. — February 13, 2019 – There is a new online tool now available through the West Virginia One Stop Business Center that aims to simplify the business registration process in West Virginia. The tool is referred to as the “Business Startup Wizard” and can be accessed at https://business4.wv.gov.
The new, interactive Business Startup Wizard provides information and guidance to assist with the planning and registration process in order to efficiently and successfully get a business up and running in West Virginia.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike to register to do business in West Virginia,” said Secretary of State Mac Warner. “The One Stop Business Center, our new user-friendly website and online tools like the Startup Wizard are important to making that happen.”
Warner credits the legislature for supporting his Office’s initiatives and for providing the funding necessary to add and make improvements.
“The members of the Senate and House of Delegates understand how important the registration process is to encourage entrepreneurship and business development throughout the state. They also understand the need to keep our technology updated and to provide our citizens with user-friendly online tools.”
The new Business Startup Wizard features an easy to follow step by step interview-like process and prompts the user to answer a series of questions. At the completion of the questionnaire the tool generates a report with guidance and detailed information based on the answers to the questions. Additionally, the generated report can be saved or printed and can even be emailed to the user for later reference. Topics of information presented on the generated report include:
Business structure guidance;
Step by step information for starting and opening your business;
Important county and city contact information;
Additional licensing & special registration requirements;
Business tax information;
Business insurance information; and
Employee verification information.
"The business registration process can be daunting when you do not know where to start,” said Penney Barker, Business & Licensing Director for the WV Secretary of State’s Office. “We designed this tool to help remove the complexity and unknowns and to provide guidance on not only where to start but how to efficiently complete the business registration process in West Virginia. The Startup Business Wizard is another example of our ongoing efforts to provide the very best possible service for the business community.”
The West Virginia One Stop Business Center website is the result of a multi-agency collaboration between the West Virginia Secretary of State, WorkForce West Virginia, the West Virginia State Tax Department, and the West Virginia Division of Labor. For more information about the West Virginia One Stop Business Portal or to access the new business startup wizard tool, visit https://business4.wv.gov
The new Business Startup Wizard tool was developed and created by the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office in partnership with WV.gov.
WV.gov is the official website of the state of West Virginia (http://www.wv.gov) and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive works with state and local government agencies to build and manage interactive online services and is a subsidiary of digital government firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).
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