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When you digitally file to incorporate your business or become an LLC, the process is purely digital, right? Not so, says Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet. For her company, the process is highly hands-on and fast paced to get the fast turnaround it guarantees clients.
How it Works
The process begins with a customer submitting an order online. This might be to file a corporation, LLC, DBA, or a business license or permit. As soon as the order is received (or the next business day if the order comes in after hours) a CorpNet staffer calls the customer to confirm the information.
The client relations specialist then performs a name clearance to make sure no one else has filed the same name. The information is then input onto state approved documents (CorpNet files for all the states), and it’s sent on to be approved.
Because CorpNet has a good relationship with state agencies, the entire process takes 7-10 days (with expedited service available). Once the paperwork comes back approved by the agency, CorpNet puts the finishing touches on the packet and sends it to the client. And just like that, folks, you’ve become a corporation.
Putting Her Money Where Her Mouth Is
Nellie doesn’t make empty promises. She stands behind her company’s guarantees. When a big-time movie producer called, desperately needing to file a Nevada corporation asap, he was incredulous when she assured him CorpNet could file the paperwork in record time.
“He did not believe me, so I made a deal with him: I said I would take care of this filing and guarantee not only the filing but also the processing time, and if I did not live up to my promise that it would be no charge. However, if I came through for him, that he would have to give me another 10 orders as well. Well, guess what? We have processed over 100 corporations for this client to date.”
The Small Business Difference
Not every company that files business documents is a small business, but that’s exactly what CorpNet is most proud of. Nellie proudly says that her company is a “small business helping other small businesses,” and it shows in the care each employee puts into each order.
“I’m a strong advocate in educating small business owners and entrepreneurs about the importance of protecting their personal assets through business incorporation and trademark protection…I want them to be aware of the liabilities that they open themselves up to without having the protection of a corporate shield such as a corporation or an LLC.”
An Influencer of Small Businesses
Nellie was honored as one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencer Champions for 2012, proving to her that she’s on the right track with her mission to educate entrepreneurs:
“It’s definitely confirmation and validation that from a career standpoint I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing, which is empowering, inspiring, and educating small business owners and entrepreneurs about starting, protecting, and running their small business…and more importantly that the content and information that I am publishing out there is credible, right on point and well received and acknowledged.”
This article is part of a series highlighting key players in the Small Business Influencer Awards.