Monday, April 1, 2013

Public Disclosure Pop Quiz Time!

Happy April, Partners!

Are you ready for a Monday pop quiz?

Check the boxes of business data that are “public information”:
◻ Mailing address
◻ Phone number
◻ Social Security Number

Ready for the answers?

Addresses are public, but phone numbers are considered private under state law.

And if you give out social security numbers to strangers, you should know the Brooklyn Bridge is *not* for sale and the Nigerian prince who emailed you is *not* going to share his inheritance.
Clear enough?  

Now, ready for some good news?

You don’t have to remember what is public information. Just go get the public file!

No fooling! We have a new public disclosure file for you with all the businesses registered in your city. In your SFT folder, there is a file called “CityPublic.csv” (for example, “BhamPublic.csv” for Bellingham).

It’s an Excel worksheet with a complete list of public information for your city businesses. It generates on the first business day of each month.

Lastly, if you want to know what’s OK to release publicly, here’s a list for you.
  • Unified Business Identifier (UBI)
  • Legal Entity
  • Firm Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Physical Address
  • Endorsement Expiration Date
  • Endorsement Start Date
  • Endorsement 1st Issue Date
All of those are in the public disclosure file for your city for free.
~BLS Partnership Services 

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