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How To Search For A Business Name

John McKinney    |
John McKinney

Choosing a business name is almost as important as choosing which type of business you are taking on.

Your business name will be your brand, your image, your identity.

You really want to make sure that your idea for a business name hasn't been taken by anyone else. Let's find out how to search for a business name and make sure it is unique.

Deciding a name for your business is a crucial step. It should be understandable, it should convey what you do and it should be catchy enough for everyone to remember.

It may take time to find the right name, however, once you've decided on a name you can register it so that your company's identity is protected.

You may also want to determine whether your prospect business name is registered to avoid any inconvenience as you starting your business.

There are primarily online and offline resources that can assist you in finding registered companies.

Importance of a unique name

Prior to starting ordering signs and business cards, you should make sure another business isn't already using your name. If you have a name that's already taken, you will definitely have trouble forming a business entity.

Every state's laws require new business names to be unique from the names of existing businesses in that state. You cannot choose a name that's identical to any other business entity's name, or that is only different because of an "s" on end or a separate business entity identifier.

For example, you can't use a business name "Festive Party Supplies, Inc." if "Festive Party Supply, LLC" is registered in your state.

By checking available business names before you work on your paperwork, you'll avoid having your entity formation request denied because of naming problems.

Also, a more comprehensive business name search can identify new businesses possible using the name you've chosen, and that may have trademark rights. These further searches help you minimize the trouble if another business owner will accuse you of trademark infringement, or ask you to stop using the name after you have already spent time and money marketing it.

Perform a corporation search by visiting your Secretary of State's website. For an LLC corporation or LLP to properly form, it must register with its Secretary of State.

Secretary of State's website

Each state has a secretary of state or other state agency that's responsible for business entity filings. The site of the state business filing agency includes a tool used to check business names online. Many Secretary of State's sites offers corporate name searches that provide the name of the business, registered agent, and sometimes the address of the company.

The web address varies from state to state, but typically it is sos.yourstate 'sname.gov. Use the online tool to check on business names and find out whether another business is already using the name you have chosen.

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Trademark

By registering your business name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office/USPTO you can obtain trademark protection for your business. That's why t is important to search the USPTO's online database for trademarked business names that are the same as yours.

A trademarked business name will cause you problems if the name is the same as your business name and registered as a trademark for the same type. If you conduct a search and concerned that the name you want to use may violate someone else's trademark, it's advisable to consult a trademark lawyer before you continue.

Business name availability internet search

A basic internet search helps a lot in evaluating whether another business has established an internet presence using the business name you are attempting to use. A company that's using your name online may have found common law or state law trademark rights in the title.

They could have registered domain names and social networking profiles using the business name. That will also make it harder for you to market your business with the same name.

"Is my business name taken?" is an essential question for business founders to answer before forming a business entity. That's before spending money on marketing. Taking the time to do a good name search can save you a lot of hassle, time, and money.

After you have examined that your name is offered, you can get registration either through our site or by downloading an application form to complete.

After applying to start a business, your company will be signed up on our database to be seen by anybody else seeking to register an organization to make sure that your business name stays yours. Then you'll receive your certificate of incorporation in addition to complete business documents.

To register your organization, you'll need to fill out the relevant application for your service type. You can do it online or offline.

Avoid complications when you are starting your business

When you are ready to start your business, online tools will make it easy for you to start building your business. It will save you from the possible hustle of using a registered business name.

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