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Georgia has cracked a new record.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced last week that the Peach State broke a record in the Corporations Division of the Secretary of States’s office.

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During th2 2017 annual registration season, which is from January 1 to April 4, staff processed an all-time high of 588,427 annual business registrations. This number is up from the 2016 record of 532,062 registrations. Kemp said the success was in part due to the office’s eCorp platform, a user-friendly and easily navigable interface for electronic filings. It has been in place in 2015.

“By implementing a streamlined registration system for our constituents, we have slashed bureaucratic red tape for hundreds of thousands of businesses,” Secretary Kemp said in a statement.  “Thanks to technology and innovation, Georgia businesses can focus on creating jobs instead of filing burdensome paperwork.”

From the official press release:

During the annual registration period each year, officers and registered agents of for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, professional corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships must file up-to-date business registrations with the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division. Since the eCorp system’s launch in June 2015, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive due to the user-friendly and easily navigable interface to electronically process annual registrations. Customers can also log in to eCorp to view or download their business’s receipts, notices, and other correspondence in one convenient location.

“As I travel the state, it is clear that Georgia business owners are incredibly excited about the new filing system,” stated Secretary Kemp. “This exciting milestone is a testament not only to the impact of innovation but a reflection of Georgia’s vibrant, growing economy.”

During the annual registration period each year, officers and registered agents can visit the website without having to log into the system and select one of two options: “One Click Annual Registration” if there are no changes to be made to their business filings or “Express Annual Registration” to update contact information or make other changes.

The annual registration period re-opens on January 1, 2018 through April 1, 2018 for for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, professional corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships to file their annual registrations with the Corporations Division.

Next year, the Corporations Division plans to offer a new feature for bulk annual registration processing where individuals can file and pay for multiple annual registrations at one time.

This year, Kemp extended the annual registration period to April 4 to accommodate business officers and agents affected by the I-85 collapse.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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