Secretary of State Mac Warner Reports 1,157 New WV Business Registrations for May of 2024

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Lewis County led the state in new business growth for the month of May 2024

Charleston, W. Va. – The WV Secretary of State’s Office registered 1,157 new businesses statewide during the month of May according to Secretary of State Mac Warner.

Lewis County led the state in the percentage of new business growth with a total of 20 new business registrations, a 2.02% increase. The Secretary of State’s Business Division reported that Hardy, Lincoln, Logan and Raleigh County also experienced notable growth during the month.

Top five counties in new business growth:
1. Lewis County – 2.02% growth.
2. Hardy County – 1.79% growth.
3. Lincoln County – 1.69% growth.
4. Logan County – 1.67% growth.
5. Raleigh County – 1.65% growth.

Counties that led the state in total businesses registered in May include Kanawha, Berkeley, Monongalia, Raleigh and Cabell.

Top five counties in total businesses registered:

1. Kanawha County – 115 new registrations.
2. Berkeley County – 101 new registrations.
3. Monongalia County – 79 new registrations.
4. Raleigh County – 77 new registrations.
5. Cabell County – 60 new registrations.

Statewide, West Virginia registered 13,721 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2024. Summers County led all 55 counties with an 18.35% growth rate during the one-year timespan. To review county-by-county growth, visit our Business Statistics Database.

WVSOS 3rd Party Service Not Required to File Annual Report 05-09-2023

All businesses that are registered with the WV Secretary of State’s Office must file an Annual Report each year after January 1. WV businesses must file their Annual Report before June 30 to avoid late fees and remain in good standing.

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.

File now by visiting the WV One Stop Business Portal.​

Media Contact:

Landon Palmer
Assistant Communications Director