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Secretary of State’s Office Receives National Award for Innovation
Secretary Tennant accepted the 2016 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award for the Office’s Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map.
Secretary Tennant Announces Annual Report Late Fee Waiver for Businesses Affected by Floods
Any business within West Virginia’s twelve FEMA federal disaster declaration counties that has not been able to file its 2016 annual report will not have to pay a late fee.
Tennant Conducts Call with GoFundMe Representatives
Secretary of State Tennant spoke with representatives from the national personal fundraising website GoFundMe’s Trust and Safety Unit about giving after the West Virginia floods.
More Than 450 Veterans Take Advantage of Secretary of State Business Waiver During its First Year
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today that 473 veterans took advantage of the Office’s veteran business waiver in its first year.
Secretary Tennant Encourages Wise Giving During State of Emergency
Secretary Tennant said those wanting to help West Virginians affected by flooding should consider using the Secretary of State’s website to research charities before donating money and watch out for scams.
Sec. Tennant Applauds Settlement in Largest Charity Fraud Case Ever Brought by State Charities Regulators
Secretary Tennant today shared an FTC announcement that together with the U.S. DOJ, they have reached a settlement with two of four charities that scammed more than $75 million from consumers nationally, including tens of thousands from West Virginians
Secretary Tennant Reminds Business Owners to File Annual Reports
Secretary Tennant is reminding businesses that it’s time to file annual reports with the Secretary of State’s Office. The filing period began on January 1 and ends at midnight on July 1.
West Virginia Secretary of State Office’s Business Industry Growth Map Finalist for National Award
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) announced that the West Virginia Secretary of State Office’s Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map is a finalist for the 2016 NASS IDEAS Award.
Secretary Tennant Wants to See West Virginia’s Small Businesses Get the Recognition They Deserve
Running a small business can sometimes feel like a thankless job, but there is one way West Virginians can show their appreciation for their favorite small business: nominate them for an award.
On “Giving Tuesday”, Secretary Tennant Urges West Virginians to Check the Charity Before Donating
Secretary Tennant encourages West Virginians to donate to their favorite cause this “Giving Tuesday”, but to research the charity on the Secretary of State’s website before they donate.
Secretary Tennant Encourages West Virginians to Shop and Dine Small this Saturday
As West Virginians start or continue their holiday shopping this weekend, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant is encouraging people to participate in Small Business Saturday and check out the small businesses in their hometown or wherever they are.
During the Holiday Season, Secretary Tennant Urges West Virginians to “Check the Charity”
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant urges West Virginians to research charities on the Secretary of State’s website before they donate this holiday season.
Secretary Tennant Warns of “Business Compliance Division” Postcard Scam
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is warning businesses about a scam reported by several West Virginia business owners.
Sec. Tennant Recognizes the SOS Office's Oldest Corporation on File
Secretary Tennant presented an official state proclamation to Jefferson Security Bank, the oldest corporation the Secretary of State’s Office has on file in the oldest town in West Virginia, Shepherdstown.
Sec. Tennant congratulates Leonoro's Spaghetti House on its 100th anniversary
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, community members, elected officials and small business advocates gathered in Charleston’s East End today to celebrate Leonoro’s Spaghetti House’s centennial anniversary.
Smaller charities to spend less, help more thanks to new law effective today
A new West Virginia state law that will save smaller charities money by not requiring a costly audit goes into effect today.
Sec. Tennant Joins Nationwide Effort to Thwart the Operations of Four Phony Cancer Charities
Secretary Tennant joins state and federal colleagues and the District of Columbia in a unified effort to combat charity fraud of the worst kind.
Reports of misleading company trying to scam West Virginia businesses continue to flood the Secretary of State's Office
“We in the Secretary of State’s Office are defending our businesses, as we always do, and protecting West Virginians by providing information about this scam to our customers. Read the fine print. Do not be duped!” Sec. Tennant said.
Secretary Tennant Calls Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Facility A Sign Of A Bright Future For West Virginia Jobs
Procter & Gamble plans to build a $500 million manufacturing facility, which will create an estimated 700 permanent jobs.
WV Veterans Coalition and Lawmakers Endorse Secretary of State’s Bipartisan “Boots to Business Bill”
The “Boots to Business Bill” (SB 316) will waive the registration fee for a new business started by a veteran and the annual report filing fee for the first four years – a potential savings of up to $200.
Secretary Tennant Wants to See West Virginia’s Small Businesses Get the Recognition They Deserve
The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office to promote the agency’s 2015 Small Business Week Award nomination process.
Secretary Tennant Says Don’t Let Fraudulent Charities Take Advantage Of Generosity
The Secretary of State’s Office maintains an online database of all the charitable organizations licensed to solicit donations from West Virginians.
Secretary Tennant Urges West Virginians To Shop Small on Saturday, November 29
According to West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, about 42 percent of workers in West Virginia are employed by small businesses.
Secretary of State’s Office Is Open On West Virginia Day, Ready To Assist Business Owners With Important Filings
“When West Virginia business owners are working, we are working for the business owners,” Secretary Tennant said.
“BIG” Announcement! Secretary Tennant Unveils Online Database Tracking Business and Industry Growth
The BIG Map is available on the Secretary of State’s website, and compiles business filing and formation data in an easy to use and understand format.
Secretary Tennant Acts to Help Businesses, Workers Hit Hard By Water Emergency
Secretary Tennant is calling on West Virginia American Water Company to provide small businesses with water credits to cover the cost of flushing – comparable to the company’s plans to provide credits to residential customers.
Secretary Tennant Urges Citizens To Research Charities Before Donating During Water Emergency
Secretary Tennant is urging West Virginians who are solicited to make donations to a charity during the water emergency to make sure the organization is registered to do so.
Secretary Tennant Says Online Charity Information Easy To Find, Urges Citizens to Research Before They Donate
The Secretary of State’s Office maintains an online database of organizations licensed to solicit donations from West Virginians.
Online Annual Report Filing Hits All-Time High; Nearly 3 in 4 Annual Reports Filed Online in 2013
The total number of online annual reports this year – 60,295 – is more than four times the amount filed online when Secretary Tennant took office in 2009. More than 72 percent of all annual reports filed in 2013 were filed online.
Secretary of State’s Office Adds More Online Services For Business Owners, Banking Industry
Banks file UCC financing statements with the Secretary of State when they give loans to consumers or small businesses who use goods or commercial or farm property as collateral.
Tennant To Athletes - Ask Questions of Those Claiming To Be Agents
The Uniform Athlete Agents Act sets detailed restrictions and penalties to protect talented students who may be recruited by agents and professional sports organizations.
Thousands of Businesses Notified Of Filing Deadline; Organizations Face Dissolution For Failing To File Reports
Using the cost-efficient method of mailing postcards rather than letters, 9,060 organizations were informed that they must file by October 31, 2013 in order to avoid being administratively dissolved or revoked by the Secretary of State’s Office.
Another Record Breaking Year For Online Annual Report Filings
There were 56,443 annual reports filed online this year during the January to June filing period, compared to 43,381 last year.
Nationally Recognized Business and Licensing Online Help Chat Now Available 8:30AM – 4:30PM Every Business Day
The online help chat feature was recently named one of four national finalists for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Innovation, Dedication, Excellence, and Achievement in Service (IDEAS) Award.
Secretary of State’s Interactive Business and Licensing Online Chat Named Finalist For National Award
The interactive online chat feature offered on the Business and Licensing Section of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office website has been named one of four finalists for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award.
Tennant: State Has Saved $43,000 By Notifying Business Owners Via Email
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.
Rash of Copper Thefts Shows Value Of Recycling Center Database on Secretary of State Website
Four recent incidents across West Virginia involving theft of copper and selling it to scrap metal recycling locations highlights the need for citizens to be aware of a new law that requires those dealers to register with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Tennant Offers Tips On Wise Charitable Giving; Holidays and Hurricane May Create Perfect Storm For Fraud
The holiday season combined with the impact of Hurricane Sandy may make for a perfect storm for fraudulent organizations to take advantage of generous West Virginians.
Tennant Warns Citizens Of Fraudulent Charities Following Hurricane Sandy
While there have been no reports of charity scams in West Virginia following the storm, Secretary Tennant said citizens need to know how to protect themselves.
Forward Thinking Initiative Means More Than Half of All West Virginia Business Reports Are Filed Online
The percentage of West Virginia businesses filing their annual reports online has been increasing every year since 2009, and this year more than half of all businesses will file their reports online.
Business Friendly Initiatives Mean Record Breaking Year For Online Annual Report Filings
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said that 43,678 annual reports were filed online during the 2012 filing period, which ran from January to June.
Secretary of State’s Office Open On June 20; Open Late On June 29 To Assist Business Owners
State code requires corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, voluntary associations, and business trusts to file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Secretary of State Will Be Key In Preventing Copper Theft In West Virginia
The registration form recyclers must file will be available from the Secretary of State’s Office by June 1. There is no additional fee for a recycling center to file this registration.
Secretary Of State Launches Alert System To Notify Business Owners Of Possible Identity Theft
Whenever a change is made to an online business record, an alert will be sent to the email address on record for that business.
This Year’s Online Business Filings Nearly Doubled Over Same Period In 2011
From January 1 to February 9 of this year 10,245 annual reports have been filed online using the business portal www.business4wv.com. During the same time period last year, 6,198 annual reports were filed online.
Businesses Begin Filing Annual Reports; Online Filing Continues To Gain Popularity
On the first day of the filing period this year, nearly 1,500 annual reports were filed online using the website www.business4wv.com. That’s an increase of almost 200 over the first day of filing in 2011.
Online Help Chat Now Available On The Secretary of State’s Website
A business owner can now be connected to a one-on-one online help chat session with a business and licensing specialist in Charleston.
Secretary Tennant Urges Cautious Charitable Giving During This Holiday Season
Tennant urges people to remember some simple tips to make sure a scammer doesn’t take advantage of their holiday spirit and charitable giving.
Nearly 5,000 West Virginia Businesses In Danger Of Having Their License Revoked
Monday, October 31 is the deadline for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, voluntary associations and business trusts to file their annual reports and pay the annual filing fee.
Secretaries of State From Around the Nation Fight Back Against Business Identity Theft
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant and Business and Licensing Division Manager Penney Barker are part of a national panel meeting in Atlanta to fight back against a new type of crime: business identity theft.
Thousands of Businesses Notified of Possible Revocation of Business Licenses
About 7,000 notices were sent to corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, voluntary associations, and business trusts across the state on Tuesday.
Annual Report Deadline Approaching; SOS Office Open Extended Hours June 30 To Assist With Filing
To assist last minute filers, the Secretary of State’s Office Business and Licensing Division will also be open until 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2011.
Tennant Part Of National Task Force Protecting Businesses From Identity Theft
The NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force is a major association initiative that will target business identity theft prevention strategies and develop practical, cost-effective tools and guidance for states.
Secretary of State’s Office Is Going ‘On The Road’ To Tamarack April 6
The focus of the event will be helping business owners file necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office. There are currently more than 3,400 organizations in Raleigh and the surrounding counties that have yet to file their annual report.
Keep An Eye Out For Potential Charity Scams Following Earthquake and Tsunami
While charity fraud following a natural disaster isn’t common in West Virginia, it has occurred. Following Hurricane Katrina, the Secretary of State’s Office investigated and shut down a fraudulent charity in the eastern panhandle.
Another Business Friendly Initiative From The Secretary of State: Certificates of Existence, Certificates of Authorization Now Available Online
Business owners who need to obtain either a Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Authorization can now do so through the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office website at www.wvsos.com.
Businesses Owners Can Begin Filing Annual Reports, Annual Notices Starting January 1, 2011
The Secretary of State’s Office would like to encourage business owners to take advantage of filing their company’s report through “Business for WV” (www.business4wv.com). Online filing may be mandatory next year.
Business & Licensing Division Will See A Few Changes Starting January 1, 2011
Several new laws go into effect on the first day of the new year.
Secretary of State's Office Will Be Open On December 31
Business and Licensing staff can help business owners who need to file last minute paperwork.
Tennant Warns Citizens Of Charity Fraud During Holiday Season
With Christmas near, many West Virginians will be looking to donate to a worthwhile charity. Secretary Tennant wants citizens to be aware that there may be some that only want to steal your money – not help those in need.
Filing Deadline Looms For West Virginia Businesses
Businesses in West Virginia have until October 31 to file their annual reports with the Secretary of State’s Office – or face the possibility that their business license will be revoked.
Notice of collection of statutory fees
SoS On The Road Helps Business Owners Take Care Of Business
Business owners were able to file their annual reports at the ‘SOS On The Road’ mobile office, with the help of staff from the Business and Licensing Division and Outreach Staff from the Secretary of State’s Office.
Secretary of State's Office Will Be 'On The Road' Today In Fairmont
The ‘On The Road’ mobile office will be set up at the Marion County Courthouse in Fairmont on Thursday, June 17 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Some West Virginia Charities Will Be Affected By Changes In State Law
House Bill 4248 passed during the 2010 Legislative Session. The laws go into effect June 11. Charitable organizations will not have to file any additional paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Business Filing Deadline Approaching; More Business Owners Filing Reports Online
Annual reports and the $25 filing fee must be received by the Secretary of State’s Office by 5:00 PM on June 30 to avoid being assessed a late fee of $100 in addition to the $25 filing fee.
Some Nonprofit Organizations Must File IRS Forms To Keep Tax Exempt Status
IRS 990 forms include a nonprofit organization’s financial information such as assets, donations, and liabilities. These forms and instructions on how to fill them out can be found at www.IRS.gov.
Beware Emotional Pleas From Questionable Charities
In the wake of the mine explosion in Whitesville, Secretary Tennant is urging people to watch out for charity scammers who take advantage of generosity.
Time To File Annual Reports; Filing Period Runs January 1 - June 30
The Secretary of State’s Office would like to encourage business owners to take advantage of filing their company’s report through the State’s online portal “Business for WV” (www.business4wv.com).
New Mailing System Will Save Taxpayer Money
The Secretary of State’s Office has implemented a cost-saving measure to notify notaries, charities, and fundraisers that their registrations are about to expire.
Secretary of State's Office Will Remain Open on December 31
This is to accommodate anyone who needs to conduct end of year business before the December 31st deadline.
Tennant Urges Cautious Generosity During Holiday Season
Tennant is concerned that with more people relying on charitable organizations and more people looking to help their neighbors in need, a fraudulent charity could try to run a scam.
National Notary Public Day Is November 7
Saturday is a day of recognition and appreciation for the more than 45,000 notaries public in West Virginia and the more than 4.8 million nationwide.
Tennant: Technology Keeps Government Open And Engaging
Tennant joined in a panel discussion on how to best use social media and technology to reach the people of West Virginia.
Statutory Deadline For Filing Annual Reports Without Being Assessed a Late Penalty Has Passed
As required by WV Code, any corporation, LLC, PLLC, voluntary association or limited partnership that is authorized to do business in West Virginia must file an annual report each year with the Secretary of State.
Number of Online Filings Hits Record High
As of June 5, the Secretary of State’s office had received 9.358 online annual report filings through the website www.business4wv.com. This is an increase of more than 2,000 from this time last year.
Tennant Announces Start of Operation False Charities 2009
Operation False Charity includes the Federal Trade Commission, secretaries of state, attorneys general, and local law enforcement.
Secretary of State's Office celebrates National Small Business Week
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announces the office’s plans for Small Business Week, recognized nationwide from May 4-8, 2015.
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