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The HBS Blog offers insight on Delaware corporations and LLCs as well as information about entrepreneurship, start-ups and general business topics.

The HBS Blog turns Four
By Carleigh Lowe Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The HBS Blog celebrates its fourth year!  With such a large amount of helpful articles we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the information you are looking for. 

In addition, we are thrilled to announce that we have just launched The HBS Blog in Spanish. At Harvard Business Services, Inc., we understand that in the United States, Hispanic-owned businesses are now growing four times faster than the national average. We are proud to be able to support this growth by assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs on local, national, and worldwide levels. We currently have a large client base of Spanish-speaking business owners throughout the United States, Latin America and Spain. We have created easy accessibility for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs looking to form their business entities, and The HBS Blog in Spanish is going to be another valuable resource for our Spanish-speaking clients. 

Finally, we would like to thank you for your interest in and continued support of The HBS Blog. We value your comments and questions and look forward to hearing from you in 2013!

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Harvard Business Services Reaches an Iconic Benchmark
By Michael Bell Sunday, March 3, 2013

Rick Bell, Chairman & CEO of Harvard Business Services, “Delaware’s Premier Company Formation Service,” announced today that his company has just formed 100,000 new companies since its inception in 1981.

“We love helping people form their Delaware companies and now we can say we’ve helped over 100,000 people, from all across the U.S.A. and all around the world, start their own Delaware LLCs and Corporations," Bell said. "We’ve seen some amazing success stories happen right before our eyes.”

“What makes this achievement even more terrific is that we accomplished it just a few days before our company’s 32nd birthday. Yes, we’re getting older and stronger all the time and that is a testament to our many loyal clients that have been with us year after year."

When you run a business you understand that your clients are your most valuable asset.  Since the day Harvard opened its doors our mission has been to make sure that we provide the excellent service that our clients expect. So, as we continue on this journey together we would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to our clients for your continued support.

“However, we couldn’t serve our clients well without an excellent team of people on-board to help one person after another file their company, obtain their Tax I.D. Number, register in their home State and maintain their annual franchise tax.” Bell said. “Everyone at HBS is dedicated to excellent customer service and friendly relations with our clients. We have specialists in all areas from company formation to annual maintenance ready to help.”

We look forward to a great 2013 and to helping the next 100,000 people form a Delaware company!

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An Important Alert for All Delaware Corporations
By Brett Melson Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A bogus solicitation was recently sent to numerous Delaware corporations directing the company to send them money for their Delaware corporation compliance.

These solicitations are coming from a company calling itself “Corporate Records Service” and informs the Delaware corporations that a $125 payment is needed in order to complete meeting minutes on behalf of the corporation. The Delaware Division of Corporations and Secretary of State’s Office is putting out an alert in order to prevent entities from responding and sending funds to the deceptive solicitation for a service that is not required.

The solicitation looks very official and apparently was sent at this time because March 1 is the due date for the annual Delaware franchise tax reports. However, any official notice will contain contact information for the Division of Corporations, as well as the Delaware Coat of Arms. The Delaware Attorney General’s office is actively investigating this hoax and is asking any Delaware Corporation that sent a payment to contact the Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General’s Office at (302) 577-8600 or 1-800-220-5424.

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How to Change Your Company’s Registered Agent
By Andrew Millman Monday, February 25, 2013

Is Harvard Business Services, Inc. currently your company's Registered Agent in Delaware? Do you have other companies registered in other states? Harvard Business Services, Inc. would like the opportunity to provide you with the same level of stellar customer service for all of your companies, allowing you to keep all your companies organized and running smoothly, so you can renew your Registered Agent service with just one phone call. Let us provide you with a quote to become the Registered Agent for each of your companies, no matter where they are located or where they do business.

If Harvard Business Services, Inc. is not currently your company's Registered Agent, are you paying too much for Registered Agent service? Some Registered Agents charge more than $200 per company, every year. Harvard Business Services, Inc. has been providing quality Registered Agent service for over thirty years. To date, Harvard Business Services, Inc. has served over 133,000 companies. We provide superior, personalized Delaware Registered Agent service to each of our clients for only $50 per year, per company, and we do something no other Delaware Registered Agent does: we guarantee our $50 Registered Agent Fee will remain fixed at $50 per year, per company, as long as you keep your company (or companies) in good standing with the state of Delaware and pay the Registered Agent Fee in a timely fashion. As your Delaware Registered Agent, Harvard Business Services, Inc. will handle all of your company's correspondence with the Delaware Division of Corporations for you, and help you stay in compliance with its annual requirements.In addition, you'll receive our reliable, accommodating lifetime customer support. You can contact Harvard Business Services, Inc. at any time with your questions or concerns.

You can change your company's 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 a filing fee for the Certificate of Change of Registered Agent and Registered Office of $50; we can prepare and file this form for you, and we only charge you our exact cost of $50. In addition, we'll give you the first year of Registered Agent service absolutely free. That’s right, free.

After the first year, you’ll receive our guaranteed fixed annual rate of only $50 for your Delaware Registered Agent Fee. You’ll enjoy this guaranteed low rate for the life of your company. Compare our rates to our competition and you will see for yourself what a great deal our Registered Agent Fee is. 

It's easy to change your Delaware Registered Agent to Harvard Business Services, Inc. You can also call 1-800-345-2677 to speak with a representative who will be happy to help you.

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INC Annual Franchise Tax Deadline is March 1, 2013
By Amy Fountain Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Looking for the latest tax information? Please see this post on the 2015 Delaware franchise tax.


Every corporation that is incorporated in the State of Delaware is required to file an annual report and pay a franchise tax fee by March 1 of each year.  This applies to every Minimum Stock, Maximum Stock and Non-Stock entity.  Exempt Companies do not pay a franchise tax fee, but must file an annual report and pay the annual report fee. 


Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and Limited Partnerships (LPs) must also pay a franchise tax, which is due by June 1 of every year.


HBS can assist with the filing of the franchise tax annual report for your entity for a small service fee.  If you have not paid and filed your Delaware franchise tax report yet, you need to take care of this TODAY!  Our website address for making franchise tax filing arrangements is:


To get started with the online franchise tax filing, you simply need your exact company name and Delaware State file number.  HBS can perform the franchise tax filing, regardless if your entity is registered with us or not.


To ensure that all franchise tax filings are properly filed with the State of Delaware by the deadline, we must impose a cut-off time.  This will allow our office to accurately process all annual reports in our possession before the deadline.


Our office schedule on March 1, 2013 is as follows:

  • At 2 pm EST, we will no longer be accepting any new franchise tax payments via telephone, fax or email.  The ONLY filings we can accept after this time is via our website at:
  • At 5 pm EST, our office will be CLOSED.  We will be unable to answer any telephone calls, correspond via live chat, respond to emails, etc.
  • At 8 pm EST, our website WILL NOT accept any more online franchise tax payments.


After 8 pm EST on March 1, 2013 HBS will no longer be able to take any franchise tax payments in any form.  You will need to contact the State of Delaware directly to make payment and filing arrangements.  Their contact details are as follows:



Telephone:  302-739-3073


If you have any questions about the franchise taxes and the deadline, please telephone our office at 1-800-345-2677 or 1-302-645-7400, Extension 6904.  You can also email your questions to

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