Consolidate guides for business creation and expansion
Virginia has four different types of publications to help create and expand a business...As governor, Bob McDonnell will combine all resources into one updated manual.
A work in progress, we're told
Updated: Monday, November 28th, 2011 | By Sean Gorman
While running for governor, Bob McDonnell vowed to make it easier for business owners to track down all the information on starting or expanding an enterprise in Virginia.
McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign said in a June 2009 news release that the state government had four separate publications providing that type of information.
That included the "Business Registration Guide,” created by the State Corporation Commission and two other agencies to lay out a step-by-step process for establishing a business, and three publications put out by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership -- "The Virginia guide to establishing a business,” which outlines various taxes and regulations affecting business; the "Guide to Business Incentives;” and the "Guide to Local Taxes on Business.”
"As governor, Bob McDonnell will combine all (four) resources into one updated manual,” his campaign promised.
McDonnell made small businesses a focal point in his plans to spur job creation in the state.
The campaign said the centralized manual, to be called "How to Start or Expand a Business,” would be added to the state"s "Business One Stop” website. That site was launched under former Governor Tim Kaine and updated under McDonnell.
"It has never been easier for someone to get all pertinent information needed to start or expand a business in Virginia, all in one place,” Tucker Martin, McDonnell's director of communications, said last week about the updated website.
The site includes information on how to get state financial assistance in expanding a business, how to obtain various licenses and how to register a business name.
But the single, centralized "How to Start and Expand a Business” manual is still a work in progress, Martin said.
"The first step towards making state government work better and faster for business owners was getting the new ‘Business One Stop" website up and running. That has occurred,” Martin said in an e-mail. "Now the focus has turned to other objectives, including merging all four listed publications into one.”
Martin said state commerce and trade officials are working on the centralized business manual and plans remain intact for its publication before McDonnell leaves office in January 2014.
For now, we rate this a promise that's In the Works.
McDonnell for Governor, "McDonnell: ‘Make Virginia the best state in America in which to open a small business,” June 2009.
E-mails from Tucker Martin, spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell, November 22, 2011 and Nov, 25, 2011.
Interview with Tucker Martin, November 23, 2011.
Interview with George Peyton, vice president of government relations at the Retail Merchants Association, November 22, 2011.
E-mail from George Peyton, November 23, 2011.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, "Governor McDonnell announces launch of enhanced business website,” February 1, 2011.
"Business One Stop” website, accessed November 23, 2011.
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