Secretary of State Mac Warner Reports 1,157 New WV Business Registrations for May of 2024


Charleston, W. Va. – The WV Secretary of State's Office registered 1,157 new businesses statewide during the month of May according to Secretary of State Mac Warner.

Lewis County led the state in the percentage of new business growth with a total of 20 new business registrations, a 2.02% increase. The Secretary of State’s Business Division reported that Hardy, Lincoln, Logan and Raleigh County also experienced notable growth during the month.

Top five counties in new business growth:

  1. Lewis County - 2.02% growth.
  2. Hardy County - 1.79% growth.
  3. Lincoln County - 1.69% growth.
  4. Logan County - 1.67% growth.
  5. Raleigh County - 1.65% growth.

Counties that lead the state in total businesses registered in March include Kanawha, Berkeley, Monongalia, Cabell and Jefferson.

Top five counties in total businesses registered:

  1. Kanawha County - 115 new registrations.
  2. Berkeley County - 101 new registrations.
  3. Monongalia County - 79 new registrations.
  4. Raleigh County - 77 new registrations.
  5. Cabell County - 60 new registrations.​

Statewide, West Virginia registered 13,721 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2024. Summers County led all 55 counties with an 18.35% growth rate during the one-year timespan. To review county-by-county growth, Business Statistics Database.

It's time to file your Annual Reports

All businesses that are registered with the WV Secretary of State's Office must file an Annual Report each year after January 1. Make sure your business remains in good standing by filing your Annual Report well before the June 30 deadline.

Remember, a third-party vendor is not required to file an Annual Report. The WV One Stop Business Portal makes completing your filing quick and easy with 24/7 access and guest filing that allows you to file without making an account.

File now by visiting the WV One Stop Business Portal​​​.​

Contact Information

Landon Palmer - Assistant Communications Director