Secretary of State licensing going paperless


The Business & Licensing Division of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is going paperless, according to a recent announcement. All businesses throughout West Virginia will be required to file their annual reports on-line this year. For those needing assistance, help is available.

The Secretary of State’s director of the new One-Stop Centers will travel to Barbour County to explain the new “paperless” requirement, instruct business representatives how to use the computer to meet the new filing procedure, answer specific questions, and even file annual reports during the meeting for those who can produce a credit card or pay by check.

Jason Parsons, director of West Virginia’s One-Stop Business Centers (including one in Clarksburg), will meet with interested business representatives at noon at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi March 14 Those interested in lunch from the hot bar or ordering from the menu should arrive by 11:30 a.m. so the presentation can begin promptly at noon.

There will be plenty of time for individual questions and answers during the session and afterwards, including assistance for those who wish to file their 2019 annual business report following the program. Reservations for the workshop are not required, but the sponsoring Barbour County Chamber of Commerce would like to know in advance who and how many will attend.

E-mail, call 304-457-1958 or write to the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, 101 College Hill Drive, Box 2124, Philippi, WV 26416. Reservations are requested prior to March 8.

The West Virginia One-Stop Business Centers bring together four state agencies essential to starting or growing a business, and are the first of their kind in the nation. Parsons is a graduate of West Virginia University where he twice served as president of the Student Body, and has been a consultant and non-profit organization leader in Washington, D.C. He currently resides in Charleston, where he enjoys basketball, hiking and the great outdoors, he says.