I was recently asked why we have so many Home Improvement Contractor numbers on our paperwork. I explained that our two locations of Stronghold Floors (Baltimore, MD and Mechanicsburg, PA) allow us to easily service areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. As such, we must hold active licenses or registrations in each state.
Each of these states varies in what is required to be a properly registered and/or licensed business. I’m only going to address Virginia in this blog post and video. I want to share how our visitors can look-up a business on websites provided by the Commonwealth to determine if that company (or person) is a valid business entity in the state and whether they hold the proper Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s contractor license.
Read on below (skip video) or watch our short video explanation. Whichever works best for you...
Stronghold Floors – Business Entity in Virginia
Regardless of whether a business is located in the Commonwealth of Virginia or not, they must be registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State Corporation Commission (SCC). The SCC maintains a website that makes it very easy to lookup a business: https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/Find/Business
You may look-up a business by its legal entity name or it’s registered fictitious name.
A search for Stronghold Floors results in our SCC ID being displayed which links to our record (shown to the right). We show up as a Foreign Corporation because our corporation is formed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Our Class “A” Contractor’s License and Specialties
It’s easy for anyone to call themselves a “contractor”, but far from easy to be a licensed contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia defines 3 different classes of contractors, which determines the monetary value of contracts/projects that may be performed. Stronghold Floors (West Ridge Investment Group, INC) holds a Class A license which allows us to engage in single contracts over $120,000 and we can do more than $750,000 of total contracts within a 12 month period.
In addition to the class of license, a Contractor license also designates the specialties or “type of work that is allowed”. Since we apply our epoxy floor coatings in residential and commercial spaces, we tested and achieved specialty designations of Home Improvement Contracting (HIC) and Commercial Improvement Contracting (CIC). These two specialties also include the Painting & Wall Coverings (PTC) and the Masonry Contracting (BRK) specialties.
A license search is simple. In your web browser, go to: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/
A lookup on Stronghold Floors displays:
We hope this helps to better understand the meaning and significance of a Virginia Contractors License.
If you need more information regarding our license, give us a call.
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