A web portal that accesses business services offered by a range of West Virginia state agencies recently recorded its 1 millionth transaction, said West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, whose office runs the four-year-old program.
The WV One Stop Business Portal, which launched in 2017, aims to speed up the processes by which people can launch new companies, obtain permits and licenses, recruit employees and pay taxes. Among its services is a five-step questionnaire that asks creators of new ventures about their businesses in order to guide them to documentation they’ll need, such as payroll and insurance forms.
State officials claim that some transactions that once took 10 days to complete are now finished in as little as two hours. Along with the website, the portal also exists in the form of a kiosk at a small-business development center in the state capital of Charleston. Along with Warner’s office, the service pulls in resources from the West Virginia departments of labor, commerce and taxation. It also contains appendices of state regulations governing business practices.
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