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December’s Tennessee Business Spotlight: Books! Books! Books!
(Published: December 2, 2013)
While attending Oxford University in England, Murray Hudson decided to stop into a book and map store that caught his interest. It held his interest – in a big way.
“I fell in love with the place,” Hudson said. “I bought 52 maps.”
That sparked a hobby that years later, after several career changes, led him to found Murray Hudson Antiquarians, Books, Maps – a business with 30,000 maps, books, prints and globes available for sale at three locations in the northwest Tennessee community of Halls.
November’s Tennessee Business Spotlight: Great Places to Stay!
(Published: November 4, 2013)
Michael Dumont was a real estate developer in Rhode Island who thought he might like to run a fish farm some day. Instead, he and his wife Kathy ended up buying, restoring and operating the Commodore Hotel & Café in Linden.
The Dumonts discovered the area while Michael was scouting a fish farm. Although he decided against going into that line of work, the Dumonts purchased a farm and the hotel in Linden.
Media Alert: Secretary Hargett Warns of Familiar Scam Under New Name
(Published: October 10, 2013)
Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has been receiving inquiries from businesses and other organizations about an official-looking notice from Annual Business Services. In the notices that have been mailed out to Tennesseans, Annual Business Services claims the organizations must fill out a form and pay $125 to register. However, Annual Business Services is not in any way affiliated with the Secretary of State’s office and there is no state law requiring registration with that entity.
The standard annual fee to file a corporation registration report in Tennessee is only $20.
This appears to be similar to a scam that surfaced several months ago with an entity calling itself Corporate Records Services and using a different address.
“I strongly advise corporations and other organizations to exercise caution before providing private and confidential information – particularly credit card information – to this or any company representing itself in this manner,” Secretary Hargett said. “When questionable documents arrive in the mail, I encourage people to call our office to verify their authenticity.”
Uniform Commercial Code Filing Changes Take Effect Today
(Published: July 1, 2013)
Tennessee’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filing system, which is administered by the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, underwent significant change, effective today. On the same day that statutory changes in the UCC system approved by the General Assembly last year are going into effect, the division has activated its new UCC filing system.
The new UCC filing system replaces technology that has been used by the division since 1997 and offers customers new conveniences, including online filing capabilities.
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The Division of Business Services is where a variety of documents required for starting and maintaining business operations in Tennessee are filed. Business Services also handles filings for:
The Business Services Division assists approximately 9,500 persons monthly, processing on average 46,875 documents per month.
Additionally, Business Services maintains certain business information on its searchable databases. Some of this information includes: business name, principal office address, registered agent, and business status. Its databases are most often used by businesses, citizens and the law enforcement community. Additional databases are available for
Documents may be filed by mail, in person, and others are available to be filed online.
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