Secretary Williams announces the launch of new business start-up tool

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today launched MyBizColorado, a tool designed to simplify registering a business and obtaining state licenses and registrations.

The MyBizColorado tool creates a single system for new businesses to interact with multiple state agencies responsible for new businesses, including the Secretary of State’s office. The tool works on your computer, tablet, and smartphone. It is tailored to the needs of the small business users instead of state agencies.

The lieutenant governor kicked off the press conference by expressing her excitement about MyBizColorado.

Secretary Wayne Williams shares his experience with starting a business as Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Gov. John Hickenlooper look on. (SOS photo)

“In an excellent example of collaborating across government,”she said. “You’re going to hear from the secretary of state and the sovernor about delivering a product with real value for people looking to do business here.”

Colorado businesses are required to register with the Secretary of State’s office.

Williams explained how he stopped working for a large law firm to start his own business and how difficult it was because there was really no help or guidance.

“The purpose of MyBizColorado is to walk you through the process by asking you questions and doing it in a user-friendly fashion,” he said. “Whether it’s registering your business, establishing eligibility for tax withholding, unemployment insurance, or any steps you need to take to establish a business, it is designed to be focused on the users.”

Hickenlooper is familiar with the struggles of starting a business. He founded Wynkoop Brewing Co. in the late 1980s.

“That experience and how much paperwork there was and how much red tape there was, was really the provocation that took us to try and address these things,” the governor said.

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Secretary Williams champions small business ventures for veterans

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network hosted its 11th annual veterans small business conference in Colorado Springs Thursday. From left to right; Dan Nordberg, regional administrator of Regional VIII with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Aikta Marcoulier, director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, Allie Coetzee Leslie,  deputy administrator with the SBA, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and Kelly Manning, state director  of the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network. (SOS photo)

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network hosted its 11th annual veterans small business conference in Colorado Springs today, aimed at helping veteran entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow a business.

Secretary Wayne Williams emphasized that Colorado is one of the best states in the country to start a business when he spoke to the small business development center. Many business filing options are available online and Colorado is the only state to offer free online business certification.

Williams also announced that the  Secretary of State’s office plans to update the business registry system later this year.

“The current system is nearly 14 years old and in need of modernization,” he said. “Our system processes more than 850,000 filings per year and is accessed millions of times a year. This is a priority for my office and will position us for further growth and ensure we remain responsive to our citizens’ needs.”

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