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Posted: 10/13/2016

Maryland Business Express One-Stop Service Receives Digital Government Achievement Award

Working at the speed of business - reducing registration approval from 10 weeks to one day

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Business Express has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government with a prestigious Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) in the Government-to-Business category highlighting next-generation, best-of-breed digital government solutions.

Maryland Business Express is a digital “one-stop” where business owners can register a new business, create legal entities, create trade names, establish state tax accounts, obtain certified copies, and file annual personal property returns. 

“Being recognized for our efforts in the government to business transaction category only further echoes Governor Hogan’s promise of being open for business here in Maryland,” said Sean Powell, director of the department of assessments and taxation. “Our department has worked tirelessly over the last year with work groups of local stakeholders to pinpoint exactly what was needed in a portal. This national recognition demonstrates Maryland's commitment to transforming government services and ensuring they work at the speed of business.”

More than 75 percent of all sole proprietorships and general partnerships are now filed online with more than half of all filings occurring outside of regular business hours. This reinforces the importance of having a business registration system that is accessible any time of the day or night.

Prior to Maryland Business Express, entrepreneurs and business owners were subjected to a lengthy manual paper application process that required in-person visits to multiple agencies and took 10 weeks for the approval process. Now, through Maryland Business Express, approval times have been reduced to one day.

Maryland Business Express reduces the points-of-entry eliminating the time, expense, and risk of managing conventional paper and postage registration.
Kyung Endres from True Pancea stated, “It was very easy, very well laid out, and the results were extremely quick. This site has taken the headache out of the registration process.” 

It is through services like Maryland Business Express that the state of Maryland creates efficiency, not only for the businesses who use the application, but also within the state agencies. Maryland Business Express is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Assessments and Taxation, Commerce, Information Technology, and the Comptroller of Maryland.

About NIC Maryland

NIC Maryland  builds, operates, maintains, and markets the official website of the state of Maryland,  and its digital government 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 digital government services contract.  NIC Maryland has developed dozens of digital government services for the state of Maryland since the contract was awarded in August 2011.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of innovative government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides digital government solutions for more than 4,500 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 and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at