GSA sets up business registry portal

GSA sets up business registry portal

Dry cleaners, restaurants and trucking companies will be the first to get one-stop business registration and licensing services from a new General Services Administration Web portal.

The National Business Registry will go into operation next year if GSA can secure additional funding, GSA's Barry West said. It will be accessible through business.gov, employers.gov, FirstGov.gov and participating states' home pages.

Developed with a $100,000 grant from FirstGov, the portal will let
small businesses obtain tax identification and employer numbers, trademarks and state licenses online at a single site, West said.

Federal agencies participating initially are GSA, the IRS, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Small Business Administration and the Social Security Administration. They are joined by Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina and Washington state.

The IRS is developing a way to issue employer identification numbers
online.

West said the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug
Administration have expressed interest in the project, because
they also require permits and licenses.

GSA hired Vector Research Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich., to develop the
business registry prototype.

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