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have you ever picked a business name only to realize months and thousands of dollars later spent on branding product and merch that is trademarked and you can't use it at all or maybe you went ahead and settled for that social media handle that has about six underscores the year you were born at the end and got a dotnet dot biz because the dot-com wasn't available well in this episode we're gonna give you guys three tips and tools to check the availability of the names that you have chosen let's get into it hey what's up this Rene Marquez here with neon Tiger media helping small businesses entrepreneurs and side hustlers navigate the cold digital world don't get lost in the sauce my friends let's get into this episode number one is uspto.gov that is the federal government trademark search directory simply type in the name of the business that you're wanting to use and it'll let you know if it's trademarked or not now let's say it's not trademarked and you're considering should I trade market I think if you want to protect your brand and business at the federal level because you're gonna do big things throw in big places then trade markets about $200 on LegalZoom and maybe you can even find some legal services around your town and number two there is no specific website you're simply going to go to google.com type in secretary of state followed by the state that you live in and it should pop up right there and there should be somewhere around to search for an entity slash business name type that in and it'll let you know if it's already registered in the state or not now the reason I recommend doing this is the last thing you want is to be already knee high deep in paperwork with your businesses services setting you up with that LLC your S corp and it's not available you're scrambling last minute and you end up settling for a name that you didn't really want and number three my favorite name check dot-com this is how you don't end up with that good old dot biz net org when you're not even a non-profit and you don't end up with six different underscores and the year you graduated on three different social handles for three different social media accounts you're simply going to type in the name that you're wanting to use on this website it's going to let you know every domain extension that's available and not as well as the social media so let's say you typed in the name of the this you want to use and the domains not available in social media is not available well don't go into a panic frenzy and start trying to pick a new name simply try this example let's say it's Canon that you put in there try we are Canon now social media is available but the dot-com is available should you switch it again no hold on I think you're fine with taking all the social media handles if you're fine with that extension I mean you could choose something else example if you're lively succulents you could try lovely lively succulents at the beginning I know that's corny but you get what I mean I mean just try different things out and your domain same thing I think as long as your domain makes sense it's not too long and crazy but your social media is consistent on all platforms you should be good the last thing you want is to have three different social media handles underscores all over the place it just looks bad it's not good it's not consistent well that's it for today's episode I hope everything that we shared with you guys helped you if you need any help questions or maybe you have better tools that makes us a lot easier comment down below we'd love to hear from you we'd also love to connect with you guys on social media and if you're new here and you haven't subscribe go ahead and hit that button right there plus a little notification bell hit that it'll let you know every time we post a video but until next time don't get lost in the sauce
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- Wade Bouska, Staff Member
what's up guys devin here aka i got the key by popular demand that wanted to go ahead and make a video regarding uh searching for your business entity name prior to uh setting up your llc of course previously i did make a video on how to set up or create an llc online in the state of georgia uh you'll find that link below or simply by searching through my videos by popular demand i've had a lot of feedback regarding how to search for the business entity name prior to going through that process so i promised a few of you that i would make it and here it is so of course guys stay tuned um we're going to go ahead and go through the process it's really quick and it's really simple i just wanted to create this video to help you guys throughout the way of course if you like the video if you find it helpful go ahead and press that like button below and of course don't forget to subscribe for more let's check it out all right let's get started i'm gonna go ahead and make myself bigger here and yes i am wearing a different shirt because it is a different day anyway really short video it's going to be short and sweet um in order to search for a business name prior to going through your llc process all you simply do is you'll search on google business search georgia secretary of state and you'll find this is on the exact same website i'll provide the link right beneath this video but all you're going to do is go to business search georgia and simply search for the name that you're looking to use so for example i have here for example i have a business named harris dias right llc right okay and again this is on the georgia corporations division um here's the what the link above again i'll provide this link to you beneath this video um but if you want to attempt to search for a a business entity that's already taken this is ready to do so so as you can see i have harrison steele's llc i'm going to go ahead and search and it should find something oh there's a hinge so um as you can see there is a business named harrison st is llc here's my control number business type address all that good stuff right and that's all so let's see what it looks like and when you don't when you when you can't find uh when when it doesn't find a business that's um that name that's already been taken um let's say harris llc oh and this is what it looks like when there is no business name that's been found so this is the this is the process you would take whenever you're attempting to um create your llc um i have a few people have reached out actually how to do this prior to going through that process so that you aren't charged whenever you do attempt to choose a name and i don't i don't know what happens if in the event you choose anything that's that's already selected maybe they'll reach out to you unless you know hey this name's already taken nevertheless this is a route to take prior to creating your llc or going through that llc process you'll simply go to this this website this link that provided load and simply search to see if the name is taken if it's not go ahead and proceed further with the rest of the process i'll also include that video below as far as how to create a business llc in the state of georgia all right guys that's all i had regarding setting up or searching for your business entity prior to going through the process of creating a business llc through this state of georgia very much hope this helped those of you out how to locate or search for your business entity prior to going through this stuff of course if you have issues please feel the comment below and i'll get your answers your questions answered as soon as possible of course if you guys liked the video if you learned anything new go ahead and press that like button below and of course if you want more videos regarding business processes and applications go ahead and press that subscribe button below alright guys i'll catch you next time
Thanks Jame your participation is very much appreciated
- Wade Bouska
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I've studied agnosticism at Alaska Bible College in Palmer and I am an expert in philosophy of music. I usually feel sympathetic. My previous job was magician I held this position for 19 years, I love talking about wine tasting and illustration. Huge fan of Helena Bonham Carter I practice motorsport and collect sneakers.
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