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Delaware Non-Profit Registered Agent for $5
By Devin Scott Monday, December 30, 2013

Delaware non-profit organizations can now change their Registered Agent for only $5 and receive one full year of Registered Agent service through Harvard Business Services, Inc. Here at Harvard Business Services, Inc. we understand the priority of non-profit organizations is to help others. In doing so, these organizations often depend on volunteer services and compassionate discounts; here at Harvard Business Services, Inc., we want to contribute as well, in any small way we can, for thousands of companies.

That’s why we cringe when we hear about non-profit companies paying upwards of $200 per year for Registered Agent service in Delaware. Usually it’s because a volunteer formed the company and signed up with a Registered Agent who offered an initial discount on Registered Agent service for one year, without guaranteeing the discounted rate would be fixed for the life of the company. Then the price was raised dramatically year after year. In many cases, the non-profit company may never even realize the Registered Agent Fee has been raised. This is why Harvard Business Services, Inc. would like to offer all Delaware non-profit corporations the opportunity to correct this oversight at a very minimal charge. That’s right--it’s just $5 to change your Delaware Registered Agent to Harvard Business Services, Inc.--and you'll recieve one full year of Registered Agent service for that minimal expense. After the first year, our Registered Agent service is $50 per year with a guarantee that the price remains fixed at $50 per year for the life of your company, as long as your non-profit corporation stays in good standing with the state. So why else should you appoint us as your Registered Agent?

Harvard Business Services, Inc.'s Registered Agent service has been $50 per year since 1981, when the company was formed. This price is extremely competitive when compared to other companies. Here are today’s prices from several of the other major Registered Agents in Delaware:

   
 
    Delaware Agent:

Annual Agent Fees:

     
    Harvard Business Services, Inc.

$50*

     
    MyLLC.com

$99**

     
    Delaware Business Filings

$100**

     
    Biz Filings

$149**

     
    Legalzoom

$169**

     
    NRAI

$189**

     
    The Company Corporation

$235**

       
    CT Corporation

$320**

       
   

* Guaranteed FIXED at $50 for the life of your company
** Subject to Increase Every Year Without Notice

 

 

Our cost of $50 per year is not just for non-profit companies—this cost is for any company formed in Delaware.

If you own an LLC or a corporation, the cost to change Registered Agents is just $50. This includes the Delaware filing fee to change your Registered Agent and a full year of Registered Agent service.

If you would like to change your Registered Agent to Harvard Business Services, Inc., please call us at 1-800-345-2677, email us at info@delawareinc.com or live chat with us.

 

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You Can Incorporate Over Live Chat!
By Devin Scott Monday, December 23, 2013

At Harvard Business Services, Inc. we strive to provide the highest level of customer service. Many clients are aware that we are available Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST by phone 1-800-345-2677, and email info@delawareinc.com. For quick answers, prices, and even helpful links for information, we are also available via live chat during normal business hours. With this feature, you will be able to text back and forth in real time with a live agent and get answers within seconds. The folks who respond to the chat are the same people that would answer the phone for you if you were to call in.

Unlike some other companies, Harvard Business Services does not use a call center for customer service. Every email, chat, and call comes directly into our Delaware headquarters. The Harvard customer service people that respond to your emails, phone calls, and live chat requests are trained and experienced in all aspects of forming Delaware Companies. They are in the office right here in Lewes, Delaware, and are ready to give each client their best personal service.

Many clients are able to find information on our website very quickly by requesting a link via live chat. Our job is not only to answer questions but to make your incorporating experience as easy and efficient as possible. This gives our clients more time to concentrate on what they do best, which is running their business.

The live chat button is in the upper right hand corner of every page of DelawareInc.com. Simply click CHAT NOW, and an agent will be there to answer your questions via text within seconds. The average response time is about 10 seconds. Through live chat, we can send informative links and helpful blogs, check a company name for availability, walk you through the application for a new company, or even fill out the application for you. The live chat is secure and we even allow clients to make a payment through live chat using a credit card.

So for all your incorporating needs, we are here to help!

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How to Take Corporate Minutes
By Brett Melson Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Part of a Delaware corporation’s internal formalities include the annual meetings and minutes.  These minutes and meeting are not provided to the Delaware Division of Corporations and are not part of the public record. They’re typically kept on file internally within the Corporate kit we provide in the Standard and Premium services. Whenever a meeting is held, written minutes are created documenting the actions taken at the meeting.

Not sure how to take corporate minutes? The written minutes should include at least the following information:

The name of the company

- Type of meeting

- Date, time, and place of the meeting

- Whether or not the meeting had a special or specific purpose

- Name and title of the persons who acted as chairperson and secretary of the meeting

- Whether the meeting was held pursuant to notice, or that notice had been waived by those entitled to receive it

- A listing of officers or directors present either in person or by proxy and their voting power

- Whether officers or directors vote at the meeting, and identification of those present and voting, and also whether a quorum was present

- Identity of any other persons present at the meeting

- Whether minutes from a previous meeting were distributed and approved, or approved as corrected

- Description of any reports presented and identification of the presenters

- Any resolutions or other votes presented, discussed, approved, disapproved, etc.

- Who made the motions, who seconded them the result of the vote

- Any other business presented

- Time and date of next meeting

- Time of adjournment

Generally, the secretary will prepare minutes within a few days of a meeting and distribute copies before the next meeting so they can be reviewed.

Feel free to reach out to Harvard Business Services with any questions about your minutes and meetings for your Delaware corporation.

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Save on Your Registered Agent Service Fee
By Andrew Millman Monday, December 16, 2013

Are you paying too much for your Registered Agent Fee? 

If you’re not using Harvard Business Services, Inc., there’s a good chance you are. Harvard Business Services, Inc. has been providing superior Registered Agent service for over 31 years and has served over 108,000 companies.

You can change your Delaware Registered Agent to Harvard Business Services, Inc. today for only $50! To change the Registered Agent for an existing Delaware LLC or corporation, the state of Delaware charges $50 to file the Certificate of Change of Registered Agent and Registered Office. We will prepare and file this form for you, for our exact cost of $50, and we’ll give you your first year’s Agent service absolutely free.

Harvard Business Services, Inc.'s Delaware Registered Agent service is then fixed at $50 per year, GUARANTEED to remain fixed at $50 per year for the life of your company.

Start off the New Year right and change your Delaware Registered Agent to Harvard Business Services, Inc. today. Give us a call at 1-800-345-2677.  We’re ready to help.

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Words of Wisdom from Bay Area Entrepreneurs
By Carleigh Lowe Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I recently attended a talk featuring three women who have revolutionized their industries.

Danae Ringelmann: IndieGoGo

Indie GoGo is the largest crowd funding platform in the world. They set out to fix the funding process by empowering people from all over the world to accomplish extraordinary things by donating through their platform. Their belief is that anyone, anywhere who is passionate and works hard should be able to raise money.

Alison Pincus: One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane was created as a curated destination where consumers could shop, get inspired, find their favorite home and lifestyle brands, and discover new ones.

Jory Des Jardins: BlogHer

BlogHer Inc. is a new kind of media company, created in partnership by, for and with women, and men, who are leaders across blogs and social media and are passionately committed to quality content.

Here are a few takeaways from my evening with these entrepreneurs:

  • Entrepreneurs take ideas and turn them into reality.
  • To be an entrepreneur you must be fixated on a problem, don't be fixated on the solution.
  • Entrepreneurs are hard workers, they just want to do it on their own terms.
  • Networking is essential in entrepreneurship, for sharing resources and stories, and building partnerships by collaborating.
  • You have to listen to your instincts.
  • Having a co-founder can help you create balance. People have different strengths and ideas to bring to the table.
  • You can't map your entrepreneurial journey. It is a process that unfolds organically.
  • Don't wait for the right moment. Just get started and do something.
  • It is important to have core priorities and to be focused.
  • You must learn how to say no.
  • Be true to your mission.
  • You need a great team and you need to be able to give up control.
  • The world will keep saying no to you and you must keep saying yes.

 

 

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