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As technology develops, the West Virginia secretary of state's office has taken steps to improve the online services it offers to businesses.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will moderate a national panel discussion Monday, May 6 about the future of online services offered to business owners and how the services make it easier to start and run a business. The panel is part of a one-day business symposium hosted by the National Association of Secretaries of State that includes 17 secretaries of state or lieutenant governors.

"I am looking forward to discussing the future of online services with these panelists because we have a lot of experience in this area in West Virginia," Tennant said in a statement. "We offer services like an interactive online chat, business entity search applications, business identity theft email alerts and 24/7 online annual report filing.

"It's these types of programs that we have in West Virginia that states are looking to add in order to be more business friendly. We have been very successful in this area and it shows with how many business owners file their annual reports online every year and how popular our online chat feature has become."

The symposium also includes presentations on proven tools and strategies for providing online business support and services that can foster that support as well as creation and growth. Discussions will focus on the innovative uses of technology as well as streamlining regulations to reduce paperwork and fees and processing times.

NASS will use participant feedback from the symposium to develop a white paper to help states maximize their potential to support business development and economic growth through state business filing and licensing offices. NASS will release these findings in February 2014.