Unlocking Growth: Transforming Entity Management Challenges into Opportunities

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In a recent webinar, we explored the critical aspects of optimizing entity management to drive business success. Speakers Mark Bradley and Ivonne Sirett, both entity management specialists, outlined a comprehensive guide to overcoming common back-office inefficiencies and leveraging technology for better performance.

Watch the on-demand webinar now, or keep reading for an overview of the conversation.


Current State of Entity Management

A large majority of organizations report challenges with compliance and state regulations – 9 out of 10, to be exact. Additionally, 60% report struggling to keep up with regulatory changes. These inefficiencies are costly, consuming 20-30% of overall revenue. The staggering financial impact underscores the urgent need for more efficient entity management practices.


Identifying and Addressing Back Office Inefficiencies

Challenges with keeping up with state regulations and maintaining ongoing compliance can largely be attributed to pervasive back-office inefficiencies. Ivonne emphasized that merely executing tasks does not equate to efficiency. Often, entity information is scattered across various departments, people, or systems, making data access cumbersome. Manual processes only serve to further exacerbate these issues, leading to significant revenue losses. Yvonne stressed the importance of recognizing and addressing these inefficiencies to improve daily operations and decision-making.


Building a Scalable Framework

A critical step toward overcoming these challenges is building a scalable framework for entity management. While entity management may seem mundane, it is essential for operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. Implementing a scalable framework allows organizations to streamline processes, reduce risks, and support sustainable growth.


1. Taking a Team Member Inventory 

The first step in building a scalable framework is to take an inventory of your team members. Identify key players, their responsibilities, the tasks they perform, and the tools they require. Ensure that everyone has visibility into these processes to create a cohesive and efficient team dynamic. 


2. Establishing Document Management Processes

Next, focus on document management. Ensure that all critical documents are stored securely and are easily accessible to those who need them. Ivonne highlighted the “bus scenario” – a reminder that businesses must be prepared to continue operating efficiently even if a key team member is suddenly unavailable.


3. Creating and Sticking to a Framework

Establish a clear, standardized process for entity management and ensure that your team adheres to it. Internal alignment is crucial for eliminating dependencies and ensuring everyone is on the same page. Tools like EntityKeeper can facilitate this alignment by providing a structured workflow that everyone can follow.


4. Leveraging Automation 

Automation is a powerful tool for enhancing entity management. By automating processes, businesses can maintain comprehensive historical records, reduce bottlenecks, and minimize errors. This frees up time and resources, allowing teams to focus on strategic initiatives. Further, automation enables you to be proactive rather than reactive, avoiding costly mistakes. 


5. Establishing a Red Flag Watch List 

A proactive approach involves creating a red flag watch list to identify potential issues before they escalate. Examples of red flags include requests for entity-related information, recording entity data in spreadsheets, and sending sensitive documents via email. Addressing these deviations promptly ensures that processes remain efficient and secure. 



Don’t Forget Compliance  

Conducting regular entity health checks is vital for maintaining compliance. These checks involve reviewing the status of each entity with the Secretary of State and providing action plans for any entities that are not in good standing. These checks should be performed annually, or more frequently depending on organizational activity, to stay ahead of potential compliance issues. 


Many firms are also subject to compliance with the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which went into effect on January 1, 2024. The CTA requires reporting of beneficial owners and company applicants to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). 

PRO TIP: EntityKeeper offers services to help businesses comply with these new requirements, including auditing information and filing reports.

By proactively addressing back-office inefficiencies, building a scalable framework, leveraging technology, and ensuring compliance, organizations can streamline operations and drive sustainable success. With this approach, you will be well-prepared to transform those entity management challenges into opportunities for growth. 

For those who missed the live session, the webinar is available on-demand, and the EntityKeeper team remains available for any further questions or support. Start your journey towards operational excellence today! 


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