West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner made a stop in Barbour County Thursday.
Warner met with county officials in Philippi before speaking to the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce at lunchtime.
Warner told businesses there about his office’s new One Stop Business Portal, where new businesses can apply for all the paperwork they need to open.
Warner said businesses are important to their communities, and he wants to help them succeed.
“Businesspeople are the backbone of the community. They provide the jobs, they pay the taxes that makes a community run. It’s the vibrancy of the community that’s created by the small businesspeople, and so that’s what I like to see.”
Business owners can learn more about the One Stop centers online or at three locations around the state. Those centers are located in Clarksburg, Charleston and Martinsburg.