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Meet the HBS Team: Amy Fountain, Franchise Tax Director
By Carleigh Lowe Monday, January 17, 2011

Amy FountainAmy has been a member of the Harvard Business Services team since April 1998. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The University of Delaware in 1996, followed by working at a local Accounting Firm for two years. Amy began her career at Harvard Business Services as a Franchise Tax Specialist. She used her meticulous accounting skills to ensure on time and accurate franchise tax report filings for Harvard's clientele. In 2001, her role at Harvard Business Services grew to include the position of Office Manager, managing and training a staff of more than 20 team members. Amy's capabilities and performance led to her next appointment as Director of Business Filings in 2006. During that time, she orchestrated the broad array of processes that include the formation and maintenance of Delaware companies for both domestic and international clients. In 2009, she was promoted to Director of the Franchise Tax Department and assumed her initial responsibilities at Harvard Business Services. She currently assists tens of thousands of clients worldwide with the filing of annual State of Delaware franchise tax reports. Her years of experience helped to create our easy to use online franchise tax payment system, which can be found at www.delawareinc.com/payft/.

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Self Filers: Delaware LLCs & Corporations
By Cortney Sharp Friday, January 14, 2011

Thinking about forming a Delaware LLC or Corporation and need a Delaware Registered Agent for your filing?

Harvard Business Services, Inc. has been around for 30 years and has provided Registered Agent service to thousands of happy clients all around the globe. Our annual fee is $50 guaranteed as long as it’s paid on time. We also offer multiple years of service such as 2 years for $90 or 3 years for $125.

While researching Delaware Registered Agents, some people call and ask “what does your service include being that your annual fee is so low?”

We offer the same service that any other agent offers but at a more personal level. Those of us here at Harvard Business Services, Inc. thrive on customer satisfaction. Whether it’s over the phone, via live chat or through email we are happy to work with you regarding your specific needs. Once you appoint Harvard as your agent we will receive and forward service of process and other government documents such as the annual franchise tax report. Additional services range from assistance with filing annual franchise tax to helping you qualify in your home state. You may even need a mail forwarding service, we do that too! Need more details, feel free to give us a call at 800-345-2677 and an associate will be available to answer any further questions you may have.

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Helen Hughes, Administrative Assistant at HBS, Inc.
By Carleigh Lowe Friday, January 14, 2011

Helen HughesHelen, originally from Brooklyn, New York, retired to the Delaware beaches after a long career in the Washington, DC area, which included real estate sales. She joined Harvard Business Services, Inc. in September 2007, and her primary role is assisting the CEO & Chairman, Rick Bell, with administrative procedures.

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Video: The Advantages of Incorporating in Delaware
By Michael Bell Thursday, January 13, 2011

Not quite sure why Delaware is the number one state to incorporate your LLC or Corporation? Watch this and find out why. Learn more at https://www.delawareinc.com.

In this video our Chairman/CEO, Rick Bell explains what makes Delaware the #1 state to incorporate your business in.

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Visioning the Future | The HBS Blog | Entrepreneurs
By Tom Caso Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What really separates good companies from great ones?  Sound business plans, effective execution, adequate capital, good products and services, loyal and committed employees are all key factors, but these critical elements follow and flow from exceptional leadership.  Visionary leadership is the starting point to building and establishing an exceptional organization.

Let’s first clear up a couple of definitions to hone-in precisely on visionary leadership.  Much has been made of “Mission Statements” for top organizations.  Simply put, this is a statement of what you are about and the methods you employ to accomplish your business goals.  Every good organization should have one and all employees should know it and practice it. It is often confused with a “Vision Statement” which by definition is something you see in your mind’s eye.  Visionary leaders have a firm picture in their minds of where they want to go and what they want it to look like when accomplished.  Yes, this too should be written and all employees should know it. Mission statements on their own can be rather bland and generic.  The good ones are specific and say something unique about the organization’s DNA.  Vision statements, on the other hand, should be always imaginative and creative.  They paint a picture that requires energy and drive to accomplish.

Walt Disney passed away just months before the opening of Disney World in Florida.  At the opening, someone mentioned to a family member that it was a shame that Walt was not here to see this day.  The response (paraphrase) was immediate and spot on:  “If Walt didn’t see it, you wouldn’t be sitting here today to witness it.”  Here is the Disney Corporation Mission Statement:  "The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world." Contrast that to the vision (one of several credited to Disney) “To create the happiest place on earth”.

You may or may not be the CEO or President of your business, but that doesn’t get you off the hook.  What is your mission?  How well does it fit in with your company’s mission? What is your vision?  Do you see yourself as a vital part of the enterprise?   Leadership begins with the individual and translates up or down in all positions at all levels.  Imagine the possibilities!

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