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Ralph HajikRegistering a Busines Name
by on Mar 19, 2006 at 9:56:56 pm


I've come up with a buiness name for my Wedding Videography business. Do you recommend me paying
$$$Big Bucks$$$ for legal advice from an Attorney? or is there somewhere on the web where I can do it myself? How did you do it? Any suggestions would be helpful.


Ralph Hajik
Westmont, Il

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tomRe: Registering a Busines Name
by on Mar 20, 2006 at 12:49:43 pm

Don't know how things are in your state but here in Illinois, years ago I went down to the County Clerks office and filled out a form DBA ( doing business as ) they published the notice in the local paper for 5 days in the legal notices and then sent me some offical looking form to hang in the office
Total cost = $5

good luck


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Doug GrahamRe: Registering a Business Name
by on Mar 20, 2006 at 5:22:45 pm

Definitely check with your local government offices. Different locations have different requirements.

Here are a few things to check out:
1. See if there are some domain names similar to your business. That makes it easier to set up a website.
2. Do a Google search on your proposed name. This will tell you who else it using it, and where they are and what business they're in. NOTE: Your business name doesn't necessarily have to be unique in all the world. There are several other "Panda Productions" out there, for example.
3. Check with your local government to see what they require. You might need:
- a zoning variance to operate a home business.
- a tax ID number
- a DBA filing

While you're there, check on your state's rules for charging sales tax.

4. Open a bank account in your business' name.
5. Get some cards printed, and design some stationery. Have a uniform "look" for all your business-related stuff.

Doug Graham

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Steve EisenRe: Registering a Busines Name
by on Mar 21, 2006 at 3:23:52 am

It all depends on what type of business you want to have. ie. S Corp, LLC, etc. Fees vary for each business type. My advise is to hire a business attorney and a good accountant to help you out. Attorney should cost no more than $500. Accountant, priceless.

Make sure you send Jesse White (Sect. of State) his money each year!

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group

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Ralph HajikRe: Registering a Busines Name
by on Mar 21, 2006 at 7:59:30 pm

Tom, Steve & Doug,

Thanks for your advice and I'm on my way to the County Clerks Office.

Ralph Hajik

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John HartneyRe: Registering a Busines Name
by on Mar 25, 2006 at 12:57:18 am

Hi Ralph,

I'm in Kane county, just a bit southwest of where you are.. Here, if you're operating as a sole owner you've got to file with the county, publish in the paper for a week, then they send you a certificate that you'll need to do banking and legal transactions...
email me for more ...

jhart3 at hotmail dot com

John Hartney
Elgin, Illinois - Chicago Metro

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Ralph HajikRe: Registering a Busines Name
by on Mar 25, 2006 at 6:53:54 am

Hi John,

I appreciate all your help.


Ralph Hajik
Westmont, IL

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