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The 7 Benefits of Forming a Corporation

Whether you are just starting your business or you have already been operating as a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you may be wondering about the benefits of forming your business as a corporation. Often, business owners think that incorporation is too costly or too time-consuming, and neither is the case. The benefits entrepreneurs gain...
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Selling Goods and Services in the United States

Companies owned by non-US citizens that want to do business in the US must decide whether they plan to have a presence in the country (for example, sales offices and staff), whether to form a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC) here and how to handle the myriad of issues that multicultural business activities...
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Benefits of Forming an LLC

Whether you are just starting your business or you have already been operating a business as a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you may be wondering about the benefits of forming your business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Often business owners think that forming a business as an LLC is too costly or too...
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DBA or LLC: Which is Right for Your Business?

Naming a business is an important step. Common advice says the name you select should typically portray what your business does, be easy to remember and help customers find you. Even with all the thought that goes into selecting the right name, it is often the case that a business outgrows its original name or...
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Foreign Qualification: What you Need to Know

The term foreign qualification can often be confusing to business owners. The first thing most of us think of when we hear the term “foreign” is something outside the United States; however, in the world of US corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs), the word foreign has a different meaning. Foreign qualifying a company means...
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Foreign Qualification Steps

When it is determined that a corporation or LLC is transacting business in a state or states other than its state of formation, the company is required to foreign qualify in those states. The process of foreign qualifying a business notifies a state that a corporation or LLC, which was not formed in that state,...
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Information Frequently Required on LLC Formation Documents

If you are considering forming your business as a limited liability company (LLC), one question you may have is, “what information is required on the formation documents?” Knowing this ahead of time helps you save time as you begin the formation process. The formation document for an LLC is called the articles of organization or...
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Registered Agent: What You Need to Know

As you prepare to form your business as a corporation or limited liability company (LLC), you need to select a registered agent. Virtually all states require corporations and LLCs that are formed or foreign qualified (registered to transact business) there to have a registered agent in that state; however, many business owners have no idea...
relocating a company
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Relocating a Company to Another State

Companies aren’t stationary. They move from one state to another, usually to lower the cost of doing business and/or to provide a better quality of life for owners and employees. No one really knows how many businesses relocate to different states each year, but certainly many do. Relocating a company isn't always a simple process....
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Business Startup Checklist

You’ve decided to start a business. This is both an exciting and demanding time. The checklist below is meant to help new business owners by providing a list of the most common startup steps. Depending on your particular industry, additional steps may be required for your business.  Prepare a business plan Business plans define the Who,...
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30 Days to Startup

Becoming the president of an international corporation used to take a lifetime of hard work. Now, it can be done with a PC, strong entrepreneurial spirit, and less than 30 days. The idea of being self-employed seems daunting to many professionals. It’s estimated that 80 percent of businesses fail within the first five years. If...
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Business Licenses: A Necessity for Every Business

A common mistake new business owners make at the time they are starting their businesses is to not investigate and obtain all the necessary licenses and permits. It is a rare occurrence when a business does not require some form of state or local business license. Learning what types of licenses and permits your particular...