ABOUT US

CMI’s experience serves as an invaluable resource to business owners who want to be proactive in remaining compliant, wish to start their business on the right track — from the very beginning — or who may be interested in pursuing a Business Certification (WBE /MBE / DBE / Veteran / Federal).

Our knowledge and expertise about what it takes to successfully launch your new business, remain in compliance to grow your company and work with your other business professionals is quite unique and unsurpassed in the industry — We do what we do so you can focus on what it is you are passionate about — it’s that simple.

CMI focuses on making sure our client’s business runs seamlessly and, most importantly, their business entity is designed and maintained specifically for their needs.

Whether you are forming a new entity or looking for a resource to help you grow, ensuring every aspect of your business’ documentation is executed correctly and cost-effectively is always our goal.

LAURA WILCOX

OWNER

BIO

Laura Wilcox founded Corporate Minutes, Inc. in 1998 with the intention to provide professional expertise and guidance, specializing in the areas of business formation, corporate compliance and advisory services to business owners and key investors. While this was the basis on which her company was originally founded, she was passionate about expanding its offerings to include a range of services imperative to a business owner’s long-term success.

Laura is committed to partnering with clients to learn about what it is they want to achieve. She is exceptional at ascertaining and clarifying the steps necessary to achieve the desired result and then…most importantly…implementing the proper course of action to obtain the preferred objective – in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. She believes strongly in approaching each client relationship in a straightforward and transparent manner and enjoys working with those who share the same principles. She is proud CMI is known as “your full business resource” – if CMI does not possess the qualifications or knowledge to provide guidance in a particular area or service, she is happy to reach out to her professional network of experts to help you find someone who does!

In addition to supporting numerous business organizations, Chambers of Commerce and professional networking groups over the past 18 years, CMI is an active member of the Small Business Advocacy Council, a not-for-profit organization offering networking, support and educational programs for business owners.


PROFESSIONAL MOTTO

With great organization of proper documentation, a CMI client will have what they need, when they need it.

 

THE SOFTER SIDE

Ms. Wilcox lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband Todd, is involved in serving local, not-for-profit organizations and possesses a unique ability to unexpectedly make people laugh. Laura enjoys volunteering at local charitable organizations serving under-privileged families and the elderly. She loves spending time with her husband, having the opportunity to serve others in a variety of different ways and taking time out to relax in between.

 

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Starting a New Business? - JOE S.


THANK YOU for setting up my new business! I left my corporate job after many years of work all over the world. I had experienced many things a small business owner goes through running a business. However, in the big company corporate world there is no need to learn how to start a new business. I was determined to own a business but I did not know where to start. A friend of mine had used Corporate Minutes to help get his sma ll business off of the ground so I met with you. You took the time listen to my new business plan and go over the options I had to setup a small business. The quote you gave me included all of the documentation, tax ID, company name check with the state and filing fees. The quote was very reasonable and the documents were filed quickly and you followed up at all levels to be sure my new company was legal and correct. My company is an “S” corporation and I was given a bound corporate record book that contains all of the documents necessary to support my business. Each document is validated and duplicated in Corporate Minutes data storage so that if needed I can retrieve them. Thank you for your help and professional advice in formalizing my company! - JOE S.




Registered Agent Services – No Missed Deadlines - MICHAEL


One of the most commonly unmet requirements is keeping R/A information current with the state. This will result in missed filings, and possibly DISSOLUTION of your legal entity — Why take that risk?!?! - MICHAEL




Accountants, CPAs and Financial Services Firms! - BRUCE J.


CPAs, Accountants and Financial Service firms have found a service organization that provides the level of personalized service and client communication they can trust! - BRUCE J.




Loan Processing Made Easy – COMMERCIAL BANKING REPRESENTATIVE


Applying for or renewing a business loan is something that should be as easy as 1-2-3! However, missed details can cause a hiccup and delay the process. Having everything in its place and ready to produce when needed is a wonderful thing! “We went to verify our client was in Good Standing, with the State who showed he had not filed and was “not in good standing”. Unfortunately my client assumed his accountant or attorney had handled this. Realizing we needed this done immediately, I thought of Corporate Minutes, Inc. I was so impressed…you were able to rectify the situation and, by the time I returned from lunch, I had proof my client’s issue was resolved. We were able to process his loan request and my customer was very pleased! I will continue to recommend you and your firm to my associates and clients.




From Start...to Finish! - EDWARD S.


Being aware of all the “gotchas” is almost impossible when starting a business. It can even be more involved when trying to PROPERLY maintain corporate records and wind your business down ON YOUR OWN!




Incorporate without Frustration - MIKE A.


Incorporating a new business can be a confusing and frustrating experience IF you don’t hire the right people to take care of all the details!




Compliance with Peace of Mind - BOB RUNKE, BARCO PRODUCTS


Why bother TRYING to keep up with the deadlines of ALL the states in which you operate? Outsourcing the responsibility to a highly dependable and knowledgeable firm can make all the difference — especially in your bottom line!




Business Certification – It’s in the Details! – WBE CERTIFIED BUSINESS


Getting your Women/ Minority-Owned Certification Application approved is not a Quick N’ Easy process. It can go very smoothly however with proper documentation and planning. Without the help of Corporate Minutes, Inc., it is unlikely we would have been able to obtain our WBE Certification. We worked for two years inaccurately completing the application, gathering incorrect information and struggling to meet the various deadlines. Continuing on our own would have disqualified us altogether. Only with the help of Corporate Minutes, Inc. were we able to understand the nuances and submit information in a thorough and timely fashion. This is what truly allowed us to earn the WBE. Corporate Minutes, Inc. has been an invaluable resource to our corporation.