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 Secretary Tennant Moderating National Panel On The Future of Online Services For Businesses


    Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant will moderate a national panel discussion Monday concerning the future of online services offered to business owners and how these services are used to make it easier to start and run a business.
    The panel discussion will be part of a one day business symposium hosted by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) that will include 17 Secretaries of State or Lieutenant Governors. The panel will include Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, DOT Registry CEO Shaul Jolles, and NIC Director of Marketing Brett Stott.
    The discussion is titled “Embracing Next Steps: Mobility, Technology, and The Future of State Business One-Stops.”
    “I am looking forward to discussing the future of online services with these panelists because we have a lot of experience in this area in West Virginia,” Secretary Tennant said. “We offer services like an interactive online chat, business entity search applications, business identity theft email alerts, and 24/7 online annual report filing. It’s these types of programs that we have in West Virginia that states are looking to add in order to be more business friendly. We have been very successful in this area and it shows with how many business owners file their annual reports online every year and how popular our online chat feature has become.”
    The NASS symposium will include presentations on proven tools and strategies for providing the types of support and services that can foster business support, creation and growth.  In addition to streamlining regulations and reducing paperwork, fees and processing times, discussions will focus on innovative uses of technology.  Mobile applications, online chat programs, electronic payment features and state business portals will be prominently featured.
    NASS will use participant input from the symposium to develop a white paper aimed at helping states maximize their potential to support business development and economic growth through state business filing and licensing offices. NASS will release its findings in February 2014.


Jake Glance
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