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New Business Questions

BJbizBJbiz subscriber Posts: 2
edited May 2006 in Business Planning
My business idea is to start a home-based, household and small-business inventory service.

How do I check if my business name is available?
Do I need a business license/permit right away?


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    theswaynestertheswaynester subscriber Posts: 15 Bronze Level Member
    Hey BJBiz--One easy way to check on the name is to Google it, or Yahoo it. Search for the name and use a couple different spellings or alternate ways of presenting it (if it has multiple words).You can also check out the US Patent and Trademark office. http://www.uspto.gov</A>You can click on "Trademarks" and that will take you to a section with a "search" link.Not sure about the business license/permit. I`d say it would depend on the nature of your business.
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    LogoMotivesLogoMotives subscriber Posts: 15
    You will most likely need to register you business in the state in which you reside.  Usually this is done through a state business or corporate division, or the Secretary of State`s office.  Here in Oregon it can all be done online - and they have a great Starting a Business web site where you can search for business names and much more.  The business license/permit issue also depends on your location.  Here in Portland our business license is actually a tax and if you are claiming business income you are required to have a business license and the amount due is based on your taxable income.The Small Business Administration or a local Small Business Development Center can be very helpful in answering your specific questions about  starting a new business in your area. Best of luck! - J.
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    davennydavenny subscriber Posts: 2
    You must register with your local city, state and
    federally.  You will probably want to get a separate EIN number for your
    new business venture.  An example of where to go to do this is in Washington
    state you can do everything online at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/

    You can also do a test search to see if you future business name is already
    registered.  You can only do a test search, your state will do the final
    search when you register.

    I would also recommend that you trademark your business name as soon as you
    register it.
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    infiniqueinfinique subscriber Posts: 0 Member
    You can check your business name easily at USPTO. However, you need to check whether your domain is available at Go Daddy.
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