CHARLESTON, W. Va. –  Counties in the Eastern Panhandle are among the top fives in a recently tabulated list from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, which reports registering 1,317 new businesses statewide during the month of March.

A press release from Secretary of State Mac Warner reports Wayne County led the state in the percentage of new business growth with a total of 30 new business registrations, a 2.62% increase. The Secretary of State’s Business Division reported that Calhoun, Boone, Morgan and Lewis County also experienced notable growth during the month.

Top five counties in new business growth:

1. Wayne County – 2.62% growth.
2. Calhoun County – 2.09% growth.
3. Boone County – 1.87% growth.
4. Morgan County – 1.84% growth.
5. Lewis County – 1.77% growth.

Counties that lead the state in total businesses registered in March include Kanawha, Berkeley, Monongalia, Cabell and Jefferson.

Top five counties in total businesses registered:

1. Kanawha County – 149 new registrations.
2. Berkeley County – 107 new registrations.
3. Monongalia County – 100 new registrations.
4. Cabell County – 77 new registrations.
5. Jefferson County – 76 new registrations.

Statewide, West Virginia registered 13,834 new businesses in the previous 12-month period, from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. Summers County led all 55 counties with a 19.63% growth rate during the one-year timespan. To review county-by-county growth, visit our Business Statistics Database.