From The Office of
WV Secretary of State
Mac Warner
For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2023
Lincoln County led the state in new business growth for the month;
Secretary of State Mac Warner Reports 784 New WV Business Registrations for December of 2022
Charleston, W. Va. The WV Secretary of State's Office registered 784 new businesses statewide during the month of December according to Secretary of State Mac Warner. 
Lincoln County led the state in the percentage of new business growth through December with a total of eight new business registrations, a 1.93% increase. The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported that Doddridge, Pendleton, Logan and Jefferson Counties also experienced notable growth during the month. 
A total of four new business entities were registered in Doddridge County in December of 2022. Pendleton County successfully registered eight businesses. Logan County reported 16 registrations for the month and Jefferson County registered 47 new businesses with the Secretary of State's Office. 

Counties that lead the state in total businesses registered for December were Kanawha, Berkeley, Jefferson, Monongalia and Harrison. Kanawha County successfully registered 95 businesses while Berkeley County reported 70 new registrations. Jefferson County and Monongalia County both had 47 new businesses register. Harrison County totaled 44 registrations for the month.
Statewide, West Virginia registered 12,714 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. Summers County led all 55 counties with a 23.79% growth rate during the one-year timespan. To review county-by-county growth, visit our Business Statistics Database.

All businesses that are registered with the WV Secretary of State's Office must file an Annual Report each year after January 1. Make sure your business remains in good standing by filing your Annual Report well before the July 1 deadline.

Remember, a third-party vendor is not required to file an Annual Report. The WV One Stop Business Portal makes completing your filing quick and easy with 24/7 access and guest filing that allows you to file without making an account.

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Media Contact:
Landon Palmer
Assistant Communications Director