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One-Stop Business Registration Portal Could Cost $10 million, Condos Says

Wednesday, October 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

A committee that studied ways of streamlining Vermont’s online business registration process — which could cost upwards of $10 million — will pass its recommendations on to the Legislature on Dec. 15.

While the Secretary of State’s office has an online portal in place now for business owners to use, it was created in 2013 and is limited, said Secretary of State Jim Condos at a press conference Tuesday in Burlington.

The committee hopes to submit recommendations to the Legislature for a new system that would integrate permitting and other regulation into a one-stop system that would also enable one registration payment instead of separate payments to multiple departments. The Secretary of State and the committee have been talking with the Department of Taxes and the Department of Labor on plans for the portal.

Jeff Couture, the executive director of the Vermont Technology Alliance, testified March 29 to lawmakers that he’d often heard frustration or confusion from his members who used the state system. Couture recommended that the committee study what other states do and adopt best practices; include all business registrations, payments and renewals in one place, with a renewal reminders system; and link to economic development marketing information and other organizations and resources.

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