It's true: creating a good name for your business or products is crucial to long term success. In general, business names should be short, easy to say and spell and the product or business name should "stick" in the minds of the consumer. That much we know. However, for many people, there are two common problems. Firstly, coming up with a memorable and appropriate name for … [Read more...] about How to Get that Perfect Business Name
Starting a business means navigating the myriad rules and regulations imposed by the government. Some home business owners fall into the trap of ignoring business regulations thinking that their business, being a micro enterprise, may pass under the government’s radar screen. While avoiding regulatory details will not necessarily send you to jail, it could be a hindrance in the … [Read more...] about Most Common Questions Asked When Starting a Business
One of the first big challenges in starting a business whether a large or one-person business, online or brick-and-mortar -- is not the writing of the business plan nor looking for funding or setting up the office or opening the bank account. It is the process of searching and choosing of the right business name. Looking for the most appropriate business name can be … [Read more...] about What’s in a Business Name?
The business name is the most important intellectual property asset, yet many small and home-based entrepreneurs fail to take steps to protect their business names. We interviewed Shannon Moore, the General Manager for TradeMark Express to shed light on the importance of protecting your business name as well as the process and cost of getting your name trademarked. Ms. Moore … [Read more...] about Understanding Trademarks & Protecting Business Names
Part 1: Understanding Trademarks and Protecting Business Names When to file for a trademark is also dependent upon another factor – the type of trademark you want. If you are only conducting business in one state, then a State trademark is most appropriate. However, you CANNOT file for a State trademark until you are already up and running. If you conduct OR are planning … [Read more...] about Understanding Trademarks & Protecting Business Names (Part 2)
QUESTION on How to Incorporate With Same Company Name in Another State Can I get to incorporate or form a corporation using my company name in another state if someone else in that state has the same company name? - Jessie Pope, OK ANSWER Dear Jessie: The short answer is "yes, no problem." Now for the long answer Just to be clear, I believe what … [Read more...] about How to Incorporate With Same Company Name in Another State