Secretary of State Mac Warner Reports 1,179 New WV Business Registrations for March of 2023

Doddridge County led the state in new business growth for the month of March 2023

Charleston, W. Va. – The WV Secretary of State’s Office registered 1,179 new businesses statewide during the month of March according to Secretary of State Mac Warner.

Doddridge County led the state in the percentage of new business growth through March with a total of eight new business registrations, a 3.11% increase. The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported that Taylor, Tyler, Morgan and Braxton Counties also experienced notable growth during the month.

A total of 15 new business entities were registered in Taylor County in March of 2023. Tyler County successfully registered six businesses. Morgan County reported 19 registrations for the month and Braxton County registered ten new businesses with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Counties that lead the state in total businesses registered for March were Berkeley, Kanawha, Monongalia, Jefferson and Cabell. Berkeley County successfully registered 120 businesses while Kanawha County reported 115 new registrations. Monongalia County had 100 businesses register. Jefferson County registered 73 new businesses while Cabell County totaled 63 new registrations for the month.

Statewide, West Virginia registered 12,972 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. Berkeley County led all 55 counties with an 18.87% growth rate during the one-year timespan. To review county-by-county growth, visit our Business Statistics Database.


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