Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear: Kentucky Business Registration Website Wins Coveted Digital Government Achievement Award

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  Terry Sebastian
Jennifer Brislin

Annual awards are most coveted recognition for outstanding government portals, websites

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s newly revamped business registration Web portal,, has received a 2015 Digital Government Achievement Award in the government-to-business category from the Center for Digital Government.

“Making it easier to do business in Kentucky has been a high priority of my administration,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “We’ve focused on ways to make navigating state government much easier for businesses, and this award is evidence of our success in that area.”

Small businesses are helping drive Kentucky’s economy. Kentucky’s unemployment rate is currently at 5.2 percent and has been below the national average for one year.

“We created the Office of Entrepreneurship to provide support to new business owners, angel investors and banks to encourage small business creation,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our Web portal is another example of Kentucky going the extra mile to encourage business creation and job growth.”

In June, a new version of the portal launched, making is easier for newly registered businesses to interact with the Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State and the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Phase two of the new site is expected to launch in October and will enable existing businesses to access their historical transactions with the Secretary of State and Department of Revenue.

“The portal allows businesses to file reports, pay taxes, apply for licenses or conduct other business with these two agencies,” said Lori H. Flanery, secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. “Many agencies have collaborated to enhance the portal’s functionality. This award reflects all our hard work.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.

In its 20th year, the annual Best of the Web (BOW) are the most coveted state and local government awards that recognize city, county and state governments for outstanding portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance.

“These winners are recognized for responsive and mobile-first design, open government, open data, improved transparency and integration with social media,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “Congratulations to the awardees for their impressive work to make government more accessible and responsive to citizens.”

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal was created in 2011 to simplify and streamline business interactions with different government agencies. It is a partnership of the Office of the Secretary of State, the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Cabinet for Economic Development and the Commonwealth Office of Technology. Additional agencies and services will be added in future enhancements.

For a list of winners, go to