Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Shares New Business Portal Features with Attorneys

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Continuing her efforts to make Kentucky more business friendly, today at the 2015 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention in Lexington, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes provided a continuing legal education presentation to lawyers from across the state about new features on the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal,


“Expanding and improving the portal in order to increase efficiency for both businesses and government agencies has been a top priority of mine, and Kentucky is now leading the nation in this field,” said Grimes. “The legal community has been integral to the ongoing process of developing the Portal, so I’m excited to share with them today what we have accomplished, as well as what to expect moving forward.”


The first phase of enhancements to the portal, which became available to first-time business registrants on April 30, facilitate registration and other interactions with the Secretary of State’s Office and Department of Revenue by streamlining transactions, creating more flexibility, and increasing data security. Existing businesses will be transitioned later this year.


One of the new features allows business owners to grant role-based access to others who may act on behalf of the business. For example, a business owner may allow agents such as lawyers, accountants, or managers to perform certain tasks within the portal, including registering for or paying a tax, or adding employees to the business’s unemployment insurance account.


“As a business attorney, I have firsthand experience with the various roles lawyers and other representatives play in serving their business clients,” said Grimes. “The Portal now better reflects that reality by giving business owners the ability to delegate tasks while maintaining control over their information.”

Other new features on the Portal include a “dashboard” that displays all of a business owner’s transactions in one place and a streamlined, central registration system that allows data to be shared among participating agencies. In addition, pursuant to a new law Grimes championed and the General Assembly passed in 2014, businesses are being assigned a unique Commonwealth Business Identification number that businesses can use across various state agencies.


The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal was originally 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. Kentucky is one of only 11 states with a one stop business portal.



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