Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the expansion of the state’s "one-stop shop" web portal for businesses is not finished branching out. She says INBiz, which includes access to services from Lawson’s office, and now the Indiana Department of Revenue and Indiana Department of Workforce Development, is already considered a model for the rest of the country. Lawson says plans call for all state agencies to eventually be connected through the "single sign-on" portal.
She tells Inside INdiana Business the information that is now accessible is only a sample of what’s possible. "We’re looking at all sorts of things. We’ve been working closely with the Indiana Economic Development Corp., some of the small business links, as well. the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship is very interested in the data that we’re generating and how we can help each other," Lawson says.
She also says the scope could extend beyond state agencies. "What are the possibilities when we get the state side and state agencies connected, where could we go next with local governments?" Lawson says one potential example could involve a business paying personal property taxes through the system. "The horizon is just absolutely amazing about what we can actually do on this system."
The Secretary of State’s Office is running point for the state on this effort and it says more functionality will continue to be added to the portal, helping business owners cut through red tape. Other available functions of INBiz include employer reporting, wage reporting, unemployment claims and premiums and tax registration. Some 57,000 users have already registered to use the system. Chief Information Officer Dawand Neely says "citizens are increasingly expecting government services to be as easy to use as the private sector. INBiz is just another example in continuing our mission of delivering best-in-class service to Hoosiers and making working with government simple."
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She tells Inside INdiana Business the information that is now accessible is only a sample of what’s possible.