Idea Exchange: Showcase Your State or Local Government Website
by ZanetaB, Former Moderator
- Created: March 23, 2010, 9:56 pm
- Updated: February 9, 2011, 3:57 pm
Remember the days of going to your state’s government
building and waiting in line to apply for a business license? That was not too long ago, but now business owners can find most, if not all,
of the information they need online - from complying with laws and regulations
In our monthly Idea Exchange, where we pose questions to the Community about various
topics, as well as the content, features or services provided by Business.gov,
we asked members to “Showcase
Your State or Local Government Website”
Here’s what our members had to say about their local
government’s web resources designed to help small businesses:
- Colorado Secretary of State Online
Registration– Denverseo shared how the online registration
sitemakes online registration a “breeze”. A very simple user interface and search
make this tool easy to navigate to help you find exactly what you are
looking for. For example, try using
search to see if there is a business in Colorado with the same name as yours.
- Virginia Department of Taxation “Get
Square” Program– The Get Square
Tax Amnesty Campaign, submitted by CraigEvans, is a
example of how state and local government are embracing social media tools
like Facebook and YouTube connect directly with their users. You’d be surprised to see how many
government agencies have a Twitter account and send news updates
regularly. Are you following your
- Lake County, Florida Commercial
Property Finder – LakeCountyEGR showcased how his
county created a free
property listing site that synced the databases of the county’s
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Tax Collector, and Property
Appraiser departments. This site is
an example of how government is using public data to create useful tools
for the public.
Many government entities are in the process of allowing public access the
data sets to encourage users to develop web tools and applications. For example, check out Maine.gov Datashare.
Center’s Blog – Nyssbdcrn, submitted
a blog created by his local SBDC. Small Business
Development Centers nationwide are finding blogs an effective way to
connect with business owners, outside of their training site.
Thanks to everyone who submitted an idea to showcase their
local website. We hope that by viewing
websites like these business owners will start digging into their own local government websites to see
what gems they have to offer. If you
would like to read all the responses or see past idea exchanges, visit the Past
Idea Exchange board.
More Tips State
and Local Information:
What’s Next for the Idea Exchange?
The current idea exchange “Share Helpful End of the Year Small Business Tax Tips” will run until January 7. Please submit your thoughts and vote on the ideas you agree with by clicking Kudos!
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