September 2021 Q & A

Q: What’s a registered agent and does my business need one?

A: A registered agent is a person or business designated to receive official documents on behalf of a business. All companies must have a registered agent and it has to be mentioned when the company files with the Secretary of State. The registered agent could be you, as the business owner, another key employee, your corporate attorney or a hired registered agent business. Just make sure it’s someone you trust to communicate important information about your business promptly.

Q: What’s the difference between interest rates and annual percentage rates?

A: Interest rates are the rates you are quoted when seeking a loan. For example, you might receive an interest rate of 6% when purchasing a new $20,000 car. Your interest expense will be $1,200 a year.
An annual percentage rate (APR) is a more effective rate to consider when comparing loans. The APR includes not only the interest expense on the loan but also all fees and costs in obtaining the loan. The APR is often expressed as a percentage and generally should always be equal to or greater than the interest rate.