Starting a Business


Anyone who is lucky enough to be struck by a profound, world changing idea that they believe will shake the very foundation of modern society should consider opening a business. After the initial epiphany settles into a marketable idea then comes...


Here’s what to include in a good business plan – an important first step in starting a business. You need to define your business, products and services, operating procedures and the route your company intends to take to achieve the goals set forth. This reminds you, and shows other people,...


Maintaining your corporation requires attention to its minute book. Keep it up-to-date to remain compliant with the law. The company’s minute book is where all your company’s important paperwork such as state filing documents and company meeting minutes are kept.


Always dreamed of owning your own business? Starting a business is a multi-step process that involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. With...


An Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, is how the Internal Revenue Service identifies your business entity. You can apply for an EIN online through the helpful IRS website at no charge. You can also fax or mail Form SS-4...


Forming a non-profit corporation is similar to forming a regular corporation, with additional IRS aspects and potentially State taxation aspects. Here's how to form a non-profit corporation.


When starting a business, the last thing you need is to discover that the business name you've chosen is already in use. Here's how to check if your business name is available.


There are several important reasons a business entity might require a Certificate of Good Standing to be issued by a state. Here's what Good Standing means, what it's good for, and how to get the Certificate.


You form an LLC using Articles of Organization and an Operating Agreement (as opposed to forming a corporation with Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws).


What is a Certificate of Authority? Also known as Foreign Qualification, this is obtained from - and legally required by - each state outside of your state of formation where you conduct business (according to various criteria). Learn how to get foreign qualified for any state here...