Starting a business is now a little easier for Coloradans.
Governor John Hickenlooper and Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced the launch of the MyBizColorado website June 5 in a press release.
“I know the challenges facing start-up businesses,” Hickenlooper said in the release. “By streamlining the state’s processes, we can remove some of those hurdles. MyBizColorado is another reason Colorado is one of the best places to start and grow a new business.”
The website, at mybiz.colorado.gov, “cuts the red tape” while expediting the business start-up process by providing a single place to interact with multiple state agencies, according to the release.
“MyBizColorado demonstrates a common goal to provide the best possible service for the business community. It’s rewarding to see so many agencies sharing a unified commitment to welcome new businesses in our state,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in the release. “MyBizColorado is one website that opens many doors. Instead of a maze, MyBizColorado provides an easy-to-follow road map for starting a new business.”
Officials believe the new system will benefit emerging small businesses that often don’t have those larger company resources.
“One of my goals as chief operating officer is to better align the state agencies as they connect with their customers,” said Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer Donna Lynne. “MyBizColorado is our way of letting entrepreneurs know we recognize what it takes to start a business. We want to make it as efficient as possible so they can spend less time doing paperwork and more time on growing their business.”
People can use MyBizColorado to:
• register for a sales tax license;
• register employees for wage withholding;
• register employees for unemployment insurance; and
• find resources to help plan a new business and obtain professional licenses.
MyBizColorado replaces a decade-old system called the Colorado Business Express, which was not available on mobile platforms.
“The new system is user-focused, accessible via tablets and smartphones,” the release said. “The site also will intuitively direct users to the correct call center at each participating state agency if the client needs help or has additional questions.”
In the release, Williams and Hickenlooper both recalled the hardships they faced when starting their own businesses.
“That experience and how much paperwork there was and how much red tape there was, was really the provocation that took us to try and address these things,” Hickenlooper said.
Williams had stopped working at a large firm to start his own business when he discovered the strenuous process.
“The purpose of MyBizColorado is to walk you through the process by asking you questions and doing it in a user-friendly fashion,” he said. “Whether it’s registering your business, establishing eligibility for tax withholding, unemployment insurance, or any steps you need to take to establish a business, it is designed to be focused on the users.”
Contributing agencies and partners for the website include the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Revenue, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Secretary of State’s Office, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority and Colorado Interactive.