Annapolis, MD – September 8, 2015 – NIC's Maryland subsidiary, the State of Maryland's eGov Services Partner, has earned the prestigious Best Fit Integrator Award by eRepublic's Center for Digital Government. The award honors exceptional private-sector technology partners that tailor solutions to meet the unique needs of government. NIC Maryland was one of only seven companies nationally to receive the coveted award. Nominated by the Department of Business and Economic Development, NIC Maryland won the Collaboration Award for their role in developing the Maryland Central Business Licensing & Registration Portal (CBL) that has reduced the new business registration approval process from 10 weeks to one business day. The CBL Portal is a collaborative effort among NIC Maryland and five state departments that has processed more than 50,000 online filings with adoption rates among new businesses of nearly 70 percent.
"Our team at NIC Maryland is honored to be nominated by our Maryland partner and to accept the Best Fit Integrator Award from the Center for Digital Government. Through this public-private partnership, we've developed an integrated one-stop business filing solution to make it easier and faster to start a new business in our state. We look forward to our continued partnership with the state of Maryland and thank all those involved in this initiative," said Janet Grard, President and General Manager of NIC Maryland.
The Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal is a one-stop business portal that streamlines the new registration and filing process for business owners. Prior to the online portal, starting a new business required a visit to multiple agencies to file paperwork. Now, owners can create legal entities, obtain certified copies, file trade names, establish tax accounts and file annual personal property tax returns online through the portal.
The CBL Portal was developed at no cost to the state under the Department of Information Technology's Self-Funded eGovernment Services master contract, with a market value of $1.4 million and a cost avoidance of $12.2 million for the state. The portal is available through the State's official website, www.maryland.gov or by visiting www.egov.maryland.gov/easy.
The Central Business Licensing and Registration Portal is a collaborative effort between the Maryland Department of Information Technology, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Comptroller of Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation. The CBL Portal was developed at no charge for the State of Maryland by NIC Maryland, through the self-funded eGovernment services contract with the State Department of Information Technology (DoIT).
About NIC Maryland
NIC Maryland builds, operates, maintains, and markets the official website of the state of Maryland, www.maryland.gov and its eGovernment services. NIC Maryland is a collaborative public/private partnership managed by the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and NIC Maryland. NIC Maryland helps Maryland state and local government entities web-enable their services and operates without tax funds through a Self-funded eGovernment Services contract. NIC Maryland has developed nearly 60 eGov services for the state of Maryland since the contract was awarded in August 2011.
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The Company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America" six times, most recently ranked at No. 36 (2014), and the Company has been included four times on the Barron's 400 Index. Additional information is available at https://www.egov.com.