West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant last weekend accepted the 2016 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award for the Office\u2019s Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map. The West Virginia Secretary of State\u2019s Office was one of four nominees for this award, which recognizes innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in state member programming, as well as significant contributions to the state information-sharing mission of NASS.\r\n\u201cWe couldn\u2019t be happier to be recognized with the 2016 NASS IDEAS award,\u201d said Tennant. \u201cThe BIG Map shows what happens when an innovative idea meets a skilled technology staff, all to benefit our state\u2019s business owners, entrepreneurs and residents. The staff of the West Virginia Secretary of State\u2019s Office made this happen and remain committed to finding ways to better serve.\u201d\r\nThe BIG Map is a web tool that compiles business filing and formation data in an easy-to-use and understandable format. Features of the map include allowing users to compare business filing data from all of West Virginia\u2019s counties over any date range. A user can also search by business purpose such as \u201cCoal Mining,\u201d \u201cSoftware Publishers\u201d or \u201cGrocery Stores,\u201d to find out how many have registered in a particular county or city and see their growth or decline.\r\nLouisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, immediate past NASS president said, \u201cBIG Map exemplifies state innovation at its best. It\u2019s an intelligent, cost-effective approach to sharing business growth data that can be used for informed decision-making, something that other states will be able to replicate thanks to the road map provided by West Virginia.\u201d\r\nNASS IDEAS Award submissions were reviewed and ranked by members according to their history, significance and effects, resulting in four national finalists. The members then voted to select the national honoree.\r\nSecretaries of State from Colorado, Montana and Nevada also received national finalist recognition on behalf of their respective states.\r\nWhile at the NASS summer conference, Tennant was also elected southern region vice-president. She will serve a one-year term, ending in July 2017.\r\nFor more information on the NASS IDEAS award, visit http:\/\/www.nass.org\/awards\/nass-ideas-award\/. For more on NASS, visit www.nass.org.