by Tyler Hale
The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office has opened a new satellite location in Fayetteville to better serve its Northwest Arkansas constituents.
Starting with a soft opening on Jan. 6, the new satellite office has officially opened in the Today’s Bank building, located as the corner of College and Dickson Streets. The office will be have its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 16 and will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chris Powell, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, says the office will be a permanent addition. Despite not officially opening yet, Powell says the office has received positive feedback from local small business owners, regional officials and small business development leaders.
According to Secretary of State John Thurston, the office is designed to better accommodate the business community in Northwest Arkansas.
“I think this will be a great thing for businesses here in the area and for the way our office operates as well,” Thurston said in a statement. “We want to make it easier for entrepreneurs to take care of business and to offer a more personal customer service experience.”
Part of the Secretary of State’s Office is the Business and Commercial Services Division, which is a starting point for individuals conducting business within Arkansas. The division oversees all trademarks, notary public certifications, Uniform Commercial Code filings, and more. The new office will focus on corporate entity filings and franchise tax payments, according to a news release from Thurston’s office, but will also offer notary public and apostille services.
Powell says the new office will alleviate the need for business owners in the Northwest region of the state to come to Little Rock to attend to any Secretary of State needs. Roughly 40 percent of the state’s business volume handled by the Secretary of State’s Office comes from Northwest Arkansas, and the new office is designed to help the business owners and the office itself.