Georgia Trend announces 2018’s 100 most influential people in the state, including Rome’s Gretchen Corbin. “Each of the 100 people you’ll find on the following pages has an enormous impact on the daily lives of Georgians,” states the business publication in its January issue. Among them is Gretchen Corbin, named president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Lottery Corp. “Former commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, Corbin was nominated by Gov. Nathan Deal in late 2017 to head the state’s lottery program starting Jan. 1, 2018. Corbin will oversee the programs funded by the 25-year-old lottery, including the HOPE Scholarship and Georgia Pre-K.”
Time for businesses to sign up with the state: “With the Peach State’s annual registration season (now open) for 790,843 corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships, Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds business officers and registered agents to submit annual registrations by April 1. Kemp encourages individuals to utilize the user-friendly eCorp platform to submit required documents by the deadline to comply with Georgia law. “Last year, a record-breaking 653,646 business entities filed annual registrations with the Secretary of State’s office. This figure shatters the record from 2016,” stated Secretary Kemp. “It has never been easier to file and maintain your company’s registration in the Peach State, the best state in the nation in which to do business for five straight years. In every capacity, we are streamlining our operations, implementing better technology, and prioritizing economic growth to ensure our state’s continued success.” Customers can file hard-copy annual registrations in person or mail annual registrations with a check or money order to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office at the Corporations Division in Atlanta, the Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon, the North Georgia office in Cartersville, or the South Georgia office in Tifton. Mailed applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018. Cash is not accepted. Although state offices are closed today, customers can electronically submit annual registrations through eCorp. If a business fails to renew by the April 1, it must pay a $25 late filing fee or risk administrative dissolution or revocation. (Easy process; it took Hometown Headlines all of a minute to register and pay the $50 fee on Tuesday).