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State businesses urged to use caution
about offer from Corporate Records Service

MADISON – The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is encouraging Wisconsin business owners to be discerning if they receive an offer from Michigan-based Corporate Records Service. In the mailing received by multiple Wisconsin businesses, the company offers to prepare and provide "corporate consent records" for a fee of $125. However, Wisconsin businesses are not required by DFI or any other state agency to complete the document, titled "2014 Annual Records Solicitation Form.”

    DFI, which is the filing office for Wisconsin businesses, has received numerous inquiries over the past two days from business owners asking about the form.

    "The form has an official look to it and includes company-specific information, such as corporation number and incorporation date, which is on file with DFI," said George Petak, Administrator of DFI’s Division of Corporate and Consumer Services. "Business owners should be aware, however, that completion of this form is not required for any filing with DFI."

The full press release may be found at www.wdfi.org/Newsroom/Press.


DFI Secretary participates
in statewide ‘Big Read’ program

NORTH FREEDOM – Peter Bildsten, Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), was a guest reader for “The Big Read” at North Freedom Elementary School on April 11. Bildsten read “Curious George Saves His Pennies” to Rochelle Van Den Heuvel’s 3rd-grade class and also discussed with students the importance of saving. “The Big Read,” a statewide event for children in Grades Pre-K-4, was held at dozens of locations across the state. Adults read “Curious George Saves His Pennies” by Margaret and H.A. Rey or “Bunny Money” by Rosemary Wells to children. More than 8,500 complimentary copies of the books were distributed to schools and students. The book giveaway was funded by DFI and its Office of Financial Literacy, Edvest Wisconsin College Savings Plan, and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.


DFI Assistant Deputy Secretary
reads to students as part of ‘Big Read’

HARTLAND – Georgia Maxwell, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), was a guest reader for “The Big Read” at Lake Country School in Hartland on April 9. Maxwell (center) read to several classes, including the kindergarten class (pictured above) taught by Robin LeClaire and Beth Ingersoll. Maxwell read “Curious George Saves His Pennies” and talked about the importance of money skills to the students. “The Big Read,” a statewide event for children in Grades Pre-K-4, was held at dozens of locations across the state. Adults read “Curious George Saves His Pennies” by Margaret and H.A. Rey or “Bunny Money” by Rosemary Wells to children. More than 8,500 complimentary copies of the books were distributed to schools and students. The book giveaway was funded by DFI and its Office of Financial Literacy, Edvest Wisconsin College Savings Plan, and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.


Wisconsin Bankers Association
honored for financial literacy efforts

MADISON – DFI Secretary Peter Bildsten (center) on April 10 presented the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) with a proclamation from Governor Scott Walker honoring the organization for its sponsorship of Teach Children to Save Day and other financial literacy initiatives. Accepting on behalf of the WBA were, left to right, Mike Semmann, Vice President and Chief Operations Office; Amber Hartl, Communications Coordinator; Rose Oswald Poels, President and CEO; and Jay Risch, Director of Government Relations. Founded in 1892, the WBA is the state’s largest financial industry trade association, representing about 280 commercial banks and savings institutions and their 2,300 branch offices and 23,000 employees.


New business entity filings
tracking 7.0% ahead of prior year

MADISON – The number of new business entities formed in Wisconsin in the first quarter of 2014 grew by 7.0% compared to the prior year, according to data compiled by the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). New business filings totaled 10,435, compared to 9,750 in the first quarter of 2013.

The business formation data is compiled by DFI, which is the filing office for the creation of business entities in the state. DFI tracks new business entity creation on a monthly basis and posts the data on its website.

The full report may be found at www.wdfi.org/corporations/HistoricalStatistics.htm.