Posted by Frank Chin on July 10, 2007 at 17:57:52:
Check the regulations in your state.
Haven’t done in for a while, but where I am, the filing is with the “county clerk”. You’ll need to do county wide search to see if the name is in use. Depending on the geographic scope of the busimess, you might have to do a multi county search or a statewide search.
If it’s multi-state enterprise, then you might need to trademark. My attorney adcised the wider the area, the costlier the search. For a retail operation, go with the cheapest. And if the retail operation needs a business license, you’ll need the DBA first.
No federal or IRS involvement at this stage as the EIN#'s are at the LLC level already done.