Step 2. Come Up With A Business Name

If you are doing business as a separate legal entity, you’ll be able to completely separate your personal credit from the credit of your business. This is a significant advantage to having a quality business credit score.

How To Name Your Business and Reasearch The Name

The first step is quite simple: give your business a name. This is the first step in a long list of tasks that you need to cover in order to set up the proper credit foundation. Even if your business is already incorporated, complete name search using the options below. Follow the instructions and you’ll be able to keep your company in compliance through the entire process.

  • To Do 1 – Choosing Your Business Name

    Before you incorporate your business, choosing the right business name becomes vital. Even businesses that are already incorporated or have been in business for a long time need to complete this step. Make sure your business name does not place you at risk for a lawsuit or put you in conflict with another operation. Even if you aren’t aware of it, trademark infringement is possible, so don’t skip this step.

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  • To Do 2 – Searching for Dun & Bradstreet Names

    Go to the Dun & Bradstreet website and search for names that are found in their listings. Make sure that you are searching nationwide. You should also select your state to make sure there will be no conflict of trademarks. In all cases, the business name you choose should not be found on the Dun & Bradstreet website. If it is, you’ll have to choose another. Find something unique and professional to avoid trademark disputes and customer confusion.

  • To Do 3 –  Searching For Trademarked Names

    Always check with the U.S. trademark office and verify that there will be no trademark overlap with any other businesses. Use the “Trademark Search” link and choose “Basic Word Mark Search” to find your business name. If your business is free and clear, you can proceed to the next step.

  • To Do 4- Searching for Your Website Address

    It’s important that the website domain, also called a web address or URL, is available. An effective tool is GoDaddy’s search function. If it is available, be sure to purchase it as soon as possible. Be sure to search as a “.com.” For example, if the business is Smith Repair, look for “,” not “”

  • To Do 5 – Search In Online Directory

    Finally, search online directories for your business name and make sure everything is listed correctly. If your business does not show up at all, you’ll need to create your listings from scratch. The Yahoo Business Listings,  Manta, Superpages and Us Directory are completely free, making them great places to start.

To Do List To Complete In This Step

1. Come up with your business name

2. Make sure your business name is available.

3. Make sure your domain name is available.

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