Woman says Sec. of State's office stalling her business plans

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - All Chris Shubird wants to do is start her new homebuilding business, a home-based venture where she and her husband Kevin are more than ready to help the economy; build homes and hire 5 people.

"I don't think it's laziness," said Shubird.

Shubird tells WSFA 12 News she has all the necessary paperwork from the city of Wetumpka, the county and even the federal government which was done within 24 hours, but nothing yet from the Alabama Secretary of State's office in Montgomery.

"They need help. If they haven't processed June's applications then they need more people," Shubird said.

According to Shubird she's been waiting since June 19th for the all-important registration number from the Secretary of State's office. The registration number is needed to start the process of paying business taxes. There's been correspondence between the two but so far no registration number.

"We're trying to create jobs but they're holding us up," Shubird said.

We did hear from the other side.

The Deputy Secretary of State Emily Thompson told WSFA 12 News the office is not intentionally dragging its feet. It's a process, says Thompson, and the process takes time, especially in light of the fact the laws changed in January. What used to take 3 to 4 weeks now takes around 8 to 10 weeks and Shubird is by far not the only person trying to start a business in all 67 counties in Alabama.

Thompson also added the slow process is not the result of budget cuts or a lack of manpower.

Chris Shubird says she has no desire to embarrass the office but the bottom line is she is losing money, a lot of money.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars," she said.

Emily Thompson says Mrs. Shubird should get what she needs no later than October 1.

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