Capitol Times Newsletter

June 2021 | Vol. 33 | No. 2
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AVOID FALLING PREY TO BUSINESS SCAMS

Scam Alert

On May 4th, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) issued a press release to launch an awareness effort called #BizSchemeSOS to Combat Deceptive Business Compliance Solicitations. This new initiative highlights Secretaries of State as the authoritative sources for business services information, while also emphasizing their role in alerting the business community and public at large of wide-spread schemes against businesses. Capitol Services is supporting the NASS education effort by sharing information from NASS on fraudulent business schemes as it is released.

Be aware that bad actors are sending deceptive, official-looking notices to business in many states. These notices claim that the business must submit payment for assistance in meeting state filing requirements. In many cases, these filings are not even necessary. They can even sometimes mislead a company into changing its registered agent. Please reach out to your favorite Capitol Services representative if you are unsure whether or not a notice that you have received is legitimate.

TEXAS FRANCHISE REPORT DEADLINE EXTENDED
Franchise Tax

Due to statewide inclement weather in February 2021, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has extended the due date for 2021 Texas franchise tax reports to June 15, 2021. The Texas Comptroller’s website offers Texas tax information, online webfile assistance, and can be reached by calling 800.252.1381.

SNEAK PREVIEW – NEW DIGS IN DOVER
New Dover Office

We’re excited to share with you a glimpse of our new office in Dover. This space is more than twice the size of our current location and will allow us to expand our Delaware team to better serve you. Be on the lookout for an update about our new Dover address once we wrap up our packing party, hopefully in mid-July.

CELEBRATING 43 YEARS
 

Celebrating 43 Years

April 24 marked our 43rd year in business. Once again, we celebrated while socially distanced. However, we’re looking forward to the not-so-distant future when all of our employees will be able to toast the occasion in-person, healthily, and with tremendous gratitude for the opportunity to do so.

Did You Know?

WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND COMPLIANCE

Consequences of failing to file your annual reports can be significant. Penalties include:

  • Administrative dissolution or revocation
  • Loss of right to use your corporate name
  • Tax liens against you for unpaid taxes
  • Voidable contracts if entered into while in bad standing
  • Breach or default of duties under financing agreements

Keeping up with reporting requirements and due dates can be a headache. The task isn’t made any easier with so many states ceasing to send reminders of annual report due dates. Business owners are left to fend for themselves resulting in many companies falling out of good standing each year.

Don’t put your business at risk. Sign up for our Annual Report Management Service (ARMS), and let us manage your filings! ARMS is an auxiliary service offered to companies that have appointed us as their registered agent. We can help take the pain out of annual report compliance.

A Closer Look with...

Anna Cox

ANNA COX

2015 · Austin · UCC

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

Home renovation. I’ve always loved architecture and design but I just don’t have the time to learn everything I’d like to about it.

If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

Did You Play Basketball? I’m on the taller side (5’10”) and I get this question all the time! I actually never did play basketball…

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Stop slouching! You’ll regret it later.

What’s a trip that changed you, and why?

My last trip to Mexico. That’s where I realized I shouldn’t drink tequila.

 


Carson Crow

CARSON CROW

2019 · Austin · UCC

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

Animation — I’ve always loved cartoons, animated music videos, movies, but never had the know-how to create one myself.

If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

Master of None, shamelessly stolen from that show that I haven’t even seen. I tend to jump from hobby to hobby, learning little tidbits from lots of different places but never dedicated to one entirely, for better or worse.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Fix your posture! Dang my shoulders are killing me from being scrunched over my desk in school.

What’s a trip that changed you, and why?

I would say my study abroad trip that was part of a World War II program in college. It was the only vacation I’ve taken that wasn’t all about relaxation, adventures, and scenery — although we did have some of that. There was a lot of history to see, much of it painful and difficult to process.

Capitolly Ever After

NEW ARRIVALS

Baby DiGaetano

Cecilia DiGaetano

Joe DiGaetano (Austin — Registered Agent) and wife, Salena, were expecting their daughter to arrive on February 27, but this little early bird couldn’t wait! CeCe arrived on December 12 at 8:58am weighing a tiny 2 pounds, 8 ounces, and 14″ long and was welcomed home on March 16.

Saechao Brothers

Calix Bayne Saechao

Lo Saechao (Sacramento) and wife, Niki, welcomed their third-born, Calix Bayne, on February 22. Calix weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and at 19″ long, and joins big brothers Wyatt (6) and Rylan (4). This kid is joining a fun little pack of brothers!

Baby Solt

Madison Reese Solt

On May 6 at 4:07pm Kristi Solt (Austin — Sales) and husband, Brandon, welcomed little miss Madison Reese into this world. This little babe weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and at 20″ long. We expect Baby Madison to be helping her mom with her sales calls and meetings in no time.

WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEES

Austin

Our Sales and Marketing team is excited to welcome Cassidy Schulze as the Marketing Systems Administrator. Cassidy is a self-proclaimed Shakespeare nerd having performed in 13 Shakespearean theater productions, which happens to be where she met her boyfriend, Carson Crow (Austin — UCC). Did we mention that she’s crafty? If you need a dog sweater or stuffed animal crocheted, she’s your girl!

George Walters joins our UCC Online team in our ongoing efforts to keep up with increased volume while maintaining fantastic turnaround. A UT graduate, George has had recent experience working in customer service in some very fast-paced environments. On the weekends, you’ll find him teaching the skill of sailing on Austin’s Lake Travis or getting a good long run in. After that, you may find him in the kitchen doing some cooking using fresh eggs and homegrown vegetables from his backyard chicken coop and garden.

Philadelphia transplant Elena Seidenglanz-Bowes has joined our UCC team bringing a background in customer service. Elena and her boyfriend live with their corgi-blue heeler dog, who hasn’t quite come to love the Texas heat just yet. As an avid climber and kayaker, Elena loves being out in nature, but also enjoys more low-key events such as painting, knitting, cooking, and horticulture.

Sammy Smith also joins our ever expanding UCC Online team with a strong set of customer service skills honed in his years working in the hospitality industry. This Baton Rouge native recently graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in marketing, and in his downtime he’s a gamer and sports enthusiast, cheering on his favorite football teams, the LSU Tigers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our Accounting team is thrilled to welcome Neita Richard, who joins the group with 20 years of accounting experience. Originally from the Dallas area, she and husband, Reggie, have relocated multiple times since 2013 for her husband’s job, but are happy to have landed in the central Texas area where she’s only a day trip away from her 2 sons and twin sister. Neita is a huge animal lover and shares her life with her doberman pinscher companions, Leo and Rosie.

Dover

Estrella Thomas joins our Dover office bringing valuable industry experience to the team. She’s married to Joshuah, who is a serving member of the U.S. Air Force, and they live with their 2 pups, Lexi and Dakota. Together, they love to travel and count Puerto Rico and Italy among their favorite destinations to date. Our Dover reps have been put on notice — if they pass Estrella’s desk, there’s a good chance she’s got a snack nearby. Luckily for them, she’s prepared to share!

LIFE OUTSIDE
Bobbie Gonzales - Quilt of Life

The Quilt of Life

Growing up as a young girl, Bobbie Marmolejo (Austin — UCC) watched her mother spend countless hours hand-quilting. Inspired by both her mother and her sister, she became interested in learning the craft for herself. Thirty years and hundreds of quilts later, she’s still inspired.

While she opts to machine-sew her quilts, which is considerably less time-consuming than the hand-quilting that she watched her mother do, a detailed quilt can still take months to complete. The reward, she says, is in the reaction. “After my father passed, we made a quilt for my younger sister out of my dad’s Air Force uniforms; she cried when I gave it to her. That, to me, is beyond rewarding.” The challenge of her craft, however, lies in the finishing process. Once the face (or “top”) of each quilt has been designed, assembled, and sewn together, the quilt still needs to be “longarmed” and bound. This is the process where a longarm sewing machine is used to sew together the top, batting and backing — turning it into a fully finished piece.

When asked what advice she’d give someone interested in learning the skill, she says, “Start with a simple pattern. Don’t get discouraged. Most definitely take your time. Quilting is a labor of love!”

 

EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES
We’d like to give a big shout-out to the following employees who are celebrating 5 or more years with the Capitol Services group of companies this quarter. Thank you!
Cheryl Roberts 4/24/1978 Austin
John Robinson 4/24/1978 Austin
Delanie Case 6/01/1979 Austin
Joe Bernal 6/01/1979 Austin
Sandra Wakeman 5/17/1990 Austin
Kelli Roberts 6/21/1993 Austin
Teresa Sharpley 4/24/1996 Albany
Michelle Ellis 6/24/1996 Carson City
Cynthia Darity 6/01/1998 Austin
Whitney Shunk 6/21/1999 Albany
Dana Blankenship 6/12/2000 Houston
Michael Stanley 5/01/2001 Austin
Dawn Cardenas 4/01/2004 Austin
Dean Pallas 5/24/2004 Atlanta
Ida James 5/16/2007 Austin
Lucynda Wood 6/01/2007 Austin
Shawna Smith 6/04/2007 Baton Rouge
Laura Ochoa 6/16/2010 Austin
Lo Saechao 6/30/2012 Sacramento
Dana Rinozzi 4/08/2013 Austin
Jason Fischer 6/30/2013 Austin
Tana Perez 5/08/2013 Austin
Jessica Say 6/24/2013 Dover
Yvette Cleveland 4/16/2014 Austin
Amari Ingram 6/16/2014 Austin
Alison Prudhomme 6/23/2014 Austin
Sabrina Kemble 6/27/2016 Austin

Where's Logo?

ALOHA, LOGO!

Logo is livin’ on island time at Makua Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

Get your good lookin’ self in our newsletter! Just take a photo in your Capitol Services t-shirt on your next trip and share it with us. 

Logo in Hawaii

 

#CapitolProTip

Construction of our new Delaware office is almost complete and soon our address will be changing! In order to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information on your filings, we wanted to remind you to always reach out to us before appointing Capitol Services as the registered agent. We’ll give you our appropriate name and address in the relevant state to list on your documents. Current addresses can also be found on your Client Dashboard.

Above and Beyond

Delanie Case Geneva Harrison Valeria Villarreal
Delanie Case Geneva Harrison Valeria Villarreal

Delanie and Geneva rock:

“I appreciate the heck out of the level of service that you provide! The level of communication and service is exactly why I recommend Capitol Services to all of my clients. Y’all rock!”

— Christopher H.  – Austin, TX

Val is the “right people”:

“About this time yesterday I sent you a UCC1 for filing in Delaware. This experience reminded me how easy some things are when you know the right people to call. Thank you for your help!”

— Lesley C.  – Wichita Falls, TX

Sharing values:

“Everyone who I have worked with at Capitol Services for the past 6 years has been phenomenal. Capitol is my preferred service company for several reasons: fast response times; professionalism; accuracy; competitive price points; and friendliness. It is important to me that I provide our clients with quality customer service and it is very clear our companies are committed to this shared value.”

— Geneice W.  – Kansas City, MO

Staying in Touch

It hardly seems possible, but it’s been 43 years since we founded Capitol Services and little did we know what to expect back then. There certainly wasn’t a business plan; just an idea.

The changes in technology are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that we thought a 4-line rotary phone was a big deal and that adding an 800 number was over-the-top. We couldn’t conceive of a desktop computer, let alone “the internet”. Yet, here we are in 2021, with offices from New York to California and most of our employees currently working from home.

While we have learned so much this year that has truly revolutionized the way we work, we’re looking forward to a return to some sort of normalcy. We want to see our long term employees again and officially welcome all the new hires we have only met virtually during this time apart. We have missed our Putt Putt Golf and Cornhole tournaments, our BBQ and Fajita parties. We have missed sharing a lunch together or, simply, a handshake in the hallway.

While we appreciate the technology of 2021, we are ready to return to a little bit of the simplicity and personal connection of 1978.

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