Harvard Business Services, Inc. has been featured many times in the press—notably, The Wilmington News Journal called the company "a major player in the Delaware incorporation business." Since then we've been mentioned in Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Delaware Today magazine. We've been making headlines for over 32 years. We make news because we make sense.
The following article was published in the Cape Gazette.
Local company Harvard Business Services, Inc. (www.delawareinc.com) is celebrating 32 years in business, forming Delaware companies for its customers from all across the United States and around the world. Since Lewes residents Rick and Paulise Bell formed Harvard in 1981, the company has formed more than 100,000 Delaware companies for everyone from southern truckers to Swiss lawyers. In 2012 alone, Harvard formed 7,000 new Delaware companies and continues to grow and expand its products and services. Harvard currently offers formation services for incorporations and LLCs, Foreign Qualifications, mail forwarding and much more.
Harvard Business Services, Inc. has grown from occupying a corner in the Bell's basement to its current headquarters, a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on Route One in Lewes, with a team of 26 dedicated and friendly people who know how to handle details when it comes to forming and maintaining Delaware companies. Amy Fountain, who has been with the company for 14 years, says, "We are specialists in formation, Franchise Tax, accounting and taxation and every other aspect of forming and maintaining your Delaware company, and we want to help you!"
"We're one of the oldest and one of the largest incorporating companies in Delaware," said Rick Bell, "which really means 'in the world', because the incorporating business started in Delaware and doesn't exist in all places. In fact, Delaware incorporates more new companies every year than most countries." Additionally, over 60% of all the Fortune 500 companies in the United States have formed their entities in Delaware.
The world is just where Rick decided to promote Delaware companies and, since he had attended high school in Switzerland, he envisioned the European market as a fertile place to promote the advantages of Delaware companies. During the Castle and Carper administrations, Mr. Bell was an active member of the Governor's International Marketing Committee that sponsored seminars in European financial capitals on the "Delaware Advantage." This experience led to an ongoing seminar series Harvard sponsors for international lawyers and accountants. Mr. Bell gives seminars globally on a regular basis and has spoken at the Learning Annex in New York, the Moscow Law School, the University of Turkey, and Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. Mr. Bell has also produced a seminar in Shanghai on the "Delaware Advantage."
Harvard Business Services, Inc. began as, and will always be, a community-minded company with roots in Sussex County. Marketing Director Mike Bell says, "We are fortunate to provide theses essential services and we give a good portion of the profit back to the community by supporting local charities, non-profit organizations and community projects. We have a charitable budget of over $50,000 per year."
One of these projects, initiated by Harvard employee Laurie Morgan, is to send care packages to local military personnel serving overseas. Under the program, Harvard sends a huge care package (including hundreds of items the troops have requested) four times a year, and will do so until the day they all come home. "I'm happy to have initiated this program for the company, and the troops are certainly happy about it too," said Morgan. "It's something we can do to say 'thank you,' and to make every soldier feel appreciated."
The true essence of Harvard is walking customers through the start-up phase of forming a corporation or an LLC in Delaware. "These are the most interesting people in the world," says Brett Melson, Harvard's sales manager, "and they have the Internet at their fingertips. We are at the top of a very competitive and global marketplace because we are friendly specialists and we know how to make the process easy for these interesting and entrepreneurial people. They are the people who are supercharging the U.S. economy from the ground up." He also noted that Harvard has its share of famous clients who want to remain confidential. In fact, confidentiality is one of Delaware's key advantages. You can also visit Harvard Business Services, Inc. at www.delawareinc.com to see why so many companies, attorneys and accountants consistently use Harvard's services.
Thirty years after starting the company, Rick reflects on his own success, and the success of his customers. Bell says, "People tell me all the time that they envisioned success when they started their business, but they could never have envisioned how tremendously successful they later became. By forming a company, they were in a position to take advantage of growth opportunities well beyond their original dream. It constantly amazes me how many self-made millionaires we have known when they were start-ups."