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How to Establish a Company Name

    Registering a Business Name

    • 1). Find out if the business name that you want to use is already taken in your state. Most states have a fictitious name database available to search to see if a business name is already in use.

    • 2). Obtain a business name registration form from your county or Secretary of State office. Most all states have a website setup where you can download the forms online.

    • 3). Complete the form and send it into the county or state with the appropriate registration fee. Most fees for a name registration range between $10 and $50.

    Trademarking a Business Name

    • 1). Go to the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office and do a search to see if your business name is already trademarked or is pending (see Resources).

    • 2). File the required forms online to submit a trademark application for your business name if it is not already trademarked (see Resources).

    • 3). Follow all of the instructions on the page to successfully complete the application. You will also be required to send in an application fee of $275.

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