The Business Portal helps entrepreneurs to understand the costs and complexity of starting a business—before they start their permit applications.
Small businesses are the engines of our national economy. They create jobs, generate tax revenues, and help to build vibrant, engaged communities. The process of registering a business, however, turns out to be a daunting process for many entrepreneurs: questions like what permits are required, how much they will cost, how long the process will take, and where to start can create significant confusion for first-time applicants.
While the answers to these questions can usually be found at the department level, cities often lack a tool to provide a unified overview of the process.
OpenCounter takes the guess-work out of the process by calculating requirements dynamically as applicants enter information.
For administrative staff, it provides insights into trends in the community, a new channel for outreach, and eliminates redundant conversations on both sides of the counter. City staff can analyze data through powerful dashboards and can export data in for further research.
The Business Portal is live in over 43 cities across the country. To learn more about bringing this product to your community, please use the form below.