As an attorney for small businesses, I am frustrated on their behalf when unnecessary and costly road blocks put their ventures at risk.
I recently had an upset client for whom we filed organization documents online on November 13th of last year. No notice was received until December 29th that the filing had been rejected. What possible justification is there for waiting 46 days to tell someone that a document is incorrect?
Of course, we resubmitted the documents immediatley. We just recieved their approval in February.
In all the time that my client waited for their LLC’s approval, how many sales could have been made?
My personal experience with the inefficiency of the Secretary of State’s office was echoed in a recent Des Moines Register article. Many potential business owners have become frustrated due to delays in approving business paperwork at the Secretary of State’s office. In fact, many businesses struggle to get started because they cannot secure start-up loans without the business being approved by the Secretary of State first.
One major problem that has lead to the inefficient paperwork processing is the out-dated online system. Paul Pate, the current Secretary of State explained, “technology has not been updated since my first term ended in 1999.” In a day and age where paperless transactions are common, the Secretary of State should have reasonable turn around times.
I have years of experience in computer field. There is no reason an LLC apporval should take up to four months. I understand what it takes to develop an efficient, user-friendly online portal. My goal is to make the business filing process simple and efficient. Iowa business owners should be doing business, not waiting for the Secretary of State to get around to approve their paperwork.