Charleston, W. Va.  The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office registered 964 new businesses statewide during the month of October 2021 according to Secretary of State Mac Warner.  Clay County led the state in the percentage of new business registration growth for the month with a total of four new businesses, a 1.88% increase. The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported that Pocahontas, Wirt, Summers and Monroe counties also had notable growth during the month.  A total of 15 new business entities registered in Pocahontas County in October 2021. In Wirt County, three businesses registered. Summers County saw 12 new business registrations and Monroe County registered nine new businesses with the Secretary of State’s Office. 
Counties that lead the state in total businesses registered for the month of October were Kanawha, Monongalia, Berkeley, Cabell and Wood. Kanawha County successfully registered 104 businesses in October 2021. Monongalia County reported 95 business registrations. In Berkeley County, 83 businesses registered. Cabell County saw 49 new businesses register with Wood County totaling 36 registrations for the month. Statewide, West Virginia registered 12,061 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from November 1, 2020, to October 31, 2021. Summers County led all 55 counties with an 18.24% growth rate for the year. To review county-by-county growth, visit our Business Statistics Database.