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6 Steps To Choosing A Name For Your Small Business

[ 2 ] Sep. 3, 2013 | SBO Editor

1. Think of several business names that might suit your company and its products or services.

2. If you will do business online, check if your proposed business names are available as domain names.

3. Check with your county clerk’s office to see whether your proposed names are on the list of fictitious or assumed business names in your county.

4. For corporations and LLCs: check the availability of your proposed names with the Secretary of State or other corporate filing office.

5. Do a federal or state trademark search of the proposed names still on your list. If a proposed name is being used as a trademark, eliminate it if your use of the name would confuse customers or if the name is already famous.

6. Choose between the proposed names that are still on your list.

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  • Anthony

    the most useless post ive ever seen

    • dbizman

      You have to start somewhere and that is correct in that regard, but to become legal beyond posting your DBA you must also get a bank account in that name and then get a business card to satisfy the minimum tax rules for a legitimate business venture. Not a hobby but actively in business to make a profit, period.