West Virginia Business Facts
The state of West Virginia ranked last in various surveys in terms of its viability in doing business. But that does not entirely mean West Virginia has nothing good to offer. In fact, the state has not had an increase in general tax for over two decades now. Most importantly, the cost of doing business in West Virginia is the lowest in the United States.
Major Companies Headquartered in West Virginia
West Virginia is the headquarters of many major companies including CAMC Health System, Prime, MedExpress, Patriot Coal, and The Special Metals Corporation group of companies.
Starting a business in West Virginia can be a cost-saving choice. Since 2005, the state has witnessed more than $13 billion in new business ventures. Its business tax climate ranked 18th in the 2017’s survey conducted by the Tax Foundation. West Virginia is the best place to start a new venture with less capital required.
There are 3 basic options: a Corporation, LLC or DBA. Click here to learn more about business entities.
Choosing a business name is easier said than done – many legal and business problems can arise from picking the wrong name (you can always change it later but the less times you have to do that the better). In Step 3 we’ll show you how to search for the name in West Virginia, but we highly recommend you do the following before searching West Virginia state databases:
NOTE: Familiarize yourself with the West Virginia naming guidelines. LLC entity names need to contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation LLC, and certain words are restricted or prohibited.
Restrictions on West Virginia Business Name & Business Purpose
Each state has its own requirements for registering a business. Now that you’ve chosen a business structure and selected your business name, here are the requirements to register your business in West Virginia.
How to form an LLC in West Virginia
How to Incorporate in West Virginia
NOTE: When registering a new company the Secretary of State can take several weeks to file the paperwork. You can expedite the process by hand delivering the documents directly to them or one of their field offices and paying an additional fee.
TIP: Check our order form to see how long West Virginia is currently taking to process regular and expedited orders.
How to File a DBA in West Virginia
Optional Considerations when registering a West Virginia business
Ready to register a business in West Virginia?
To keep business and personal expenses separate, you should open a separate account for your business. In addition, getting business credit cards is how you begin to build a company credit profile (corporation or LLC required) and can later qualify for larger loans and lines of credit. To open the account simply call your chosen bank and inquire on the steps to open a business bank account. Typically you’ll need a) your filed paperwork, b) your EIN and c) a company resolution authorizing your company to open the account (signed by the owners, members, officers or directors, etc.).
Top 5 Major Banks in West Virginia
TIP: Our business formation service includes a free banking resolution for your use.
Now that you’ve registered your business name you need to obtain a business license for your company – this authorizes your company to do business in your city or county. Typically this also involves registering for state taxes and permits (the city may require them as part of the business licensing process).
TIP: We work with a company that can obtain and prepare business licenses and permits for you. Click here to learn more.
DBA: Your Fictitious Business Name should be valid for 5 years, with option for renewal.
LLC: West Virginia corporations are required to file a Periodic Report with the West Virginia Secretary of State by June 30 each year, in addition to general taxation. Information on your business’ taxes can be found here.
Corporation: Business in West Virginia should file a report by June 30 annually to the Division of Corporate and Consumer Services. LLCs and Corporations will pay a filing cost of $25.
Business Division (for Corporation and LLC filings)
1615 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25311
West Virginia Taxation Departments
West Virginia Labor and Employment Departments
West Virginia Startup Resources
1. Small Business Administration (SBA) West Virginia District Offices
3. West Virginia Legal Statutes
6. Angel.co West Virginia Startups
7. West Virginia Business News
9. West Virginia Small Business Development Center
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