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According to a new tool provided by the Secretary of State’s Office, Wyoming County has seen the highest increase in new businesses for the month of June.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office created the Big Industry Growth Map last February. Tennant said the BIG Map contains information such as how many businesses have been formed and a business’s purpose can be accessed.

“We have been on the front lines with businesses since 2009, helping entrepreneurs file important documents with the Secretary of State’s Office and even lowering late filing fees,” Tennant said in February. “We have so much data on the growth of business in West Virginia, and the BIG Map takes all of that data and puts it in one place where people can go and see how the economy is faring across the state or down the street. 

"We want business to succeed in West Virginia, and this is the newest and best tool help them do that.”

The SOS office said July 3 Wyoming County saw a 1.68 percent increase in new business formations in June, while Mason County is currently leading the state with the most businesses for the year to date with a 7.44 percent increase in businesses.

Summers and Wirt counties saw the second most increase in businesses for June with 1.67 percent increases.

Ritchie County is second in the state at 7.23 percent for the year to date.

The BIG Map is the latest online service offered to business owners designed to help them focus more on their product and not paperwork. Since 2009, online filing of annual reports has increased from about 14,000 to more than 60,000 in 2013. The Secretary of State’s Office also offers an interactive online chat that connects a business owner directly to a Business and Licensing Specialist. A business owner can also sign up for business identity theft email alerts that notify them when an unauthorized person tries to access their information on the Secretary of State’s website.