Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said today her office will save about $23,000 this year by notifying via email tens of thousands of business owners about filing their annual report online.
The emails were sent to 71,049 business owners. Secretary Tennant is informing business owners that the email will come from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office and is asking them to keep an eye out for it to make sure it doesn’t get caught in a spam filter.
In 2012, the Secretary of State’s Office saved about $20,200 notifying 56,153 business owners via email.
“The email will contain information about how the business owner can file their annual report online using www.business4wv.com,” Secretary Tennant said. “We’ve seen the popularity of online filing increase dramatically. In 2009, we only had about 14,000 businesses file online. Last year, that number increased to more than 47,000. This shows that business owners in West Virginia appreciate that the Secretary of State’s Office is helping them focus on running their business and filing important paperwork in a way that is most convenient for them.”
Business owners can file their annual report online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They will receive an email notification once the Secretary of State’s Office accepts the filing.
The Secretary of State’s Office has also sent 18,927 postcards to business owners who have not provided an email address on their annual report. Annual reports are documents that provide information such as the officers of a business, the business address, and service of process address. Business owners could also provide an email address on their annual report. No financial information is contained in an annual report.
The 89,976 mailings to business owners represents a record high in the number of businesses registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.