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the following information is provided for educational purposes only and in no way constitutes legal tax or financial advice for legal tax or financial advice specific to your business needs we encourage you to consult with a licensed attorney and/or CPA in your state the following information is copyright protected no part may be redistributed copied modified or adapted without prior written consent of the author in this video we are going to teach you how to research and choose your desired LLC name the purpose of this video is to help you avoid infringing upon someone else's name rights to help you differentiate your business name from existing entities and to make sure your desired LLC name is available for use in order to make sure your desired LLC name is available for use you will need to search it against the existing organized entities on the state's online database we will first walk you through some requirements and restrictions and then later we will show you how to perform your search name requirements your LLC name must end with the words limited liability company or the abbreviations LDL dot c dot or LLC using the abbreviation LLC is the most common for example Joe wants to start a company by the name Joe's landscaping services since he is formed an LLC he must file under the name Joe's landscaping services LLC again using the abbreviation LLC or the full word limited liability company is a requirement when forming an LLC name restrictions your LLC name cannot imply that it is a corporation you are not allowed to use the words corporation or incorporated or the abbreviations Corp or Inc anywhere in your LLC name let's look at our example again since Joe wants to form an LLC he cannot call his company Joe's landscaping services Inc LLC or Joe's landscaping services incorporated LLC your desired LLC name must also be distinguishable this means it cannot be too similar to the names of existing organized entities that are found in the results during the search of the database we will now illustrate several examples of distinguishability and we will provide examples you may see while performing your search differences in designators which are the identifiers x' at the end of a business name do not create distinguishability examples of designators would be ink or corp for corporations and LLC or LLC dot for limited liability companies there are other designators as well but these are the most commonly used for example your desired LLC name is Smith Investments LLC but during the search of the database let's say you found the business under the name Smith investments Inc in this example your desired LLC name would not be available for use you would have to think of an alternative name that is unique and different an example would be Smith Financial Group LLC grammatical differences the following do not create distinguishability differences in variables and singular plural and possessive forms of a word for example your desired LLC name is apple farm LLC let's just say during the search you found the business under the name apple farms LLC or let's say you also found a business under apples farm LLC with an apostrophe s both of these names although slightly different are too similar and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an example of an alternative name would be bob's apple orchard LLC the following do not create distinguishability differences in articles such as a and or the for example your desired LLC name is print shop LLC let's just say that during the search of the database you found a business called the print shop LLC or you found the business called a print shop LLC again although they seem different these names are all the same in the eyes of the state and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an alternative name would be printing solutions LLC the following also do not create distinguishability the use of conjunctions such as and or and the ampersand symbol let's say your desired LLC name is night and day LLC with the ampersand symbol but during your search you find a night and day LLC or you found at night day LLC again both of these examples are too similar and your desired LLC name is not distinguishable and therefore not available for use an example of an alternative name would be moon and sunshine LLC the following also do not create distinguishability the use of certain punctuation such as hyphens slashes periods commas etc let's say your desired LLC name is peter paul and mary studios LLC but during your search you found Peter - Paul - Mary Studios Incorporated or you found a Peter comma Paul comma and Mary studios Incorporated again both of these examples are too similar and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an alternative example would be ppm productions LLC alphanumeric differences in numerical or written numbers does not create distinguished ability for example let's say your desired LLC name is three teachers Consulting LLC with the number three spelled out but during your search of the database you found the company called three teachers Consulting LLC with the number three again these are deceptively similar the state does not look at these as any different and therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an alternative example would be a few good teachers Consulting LLC deceptively similar names that are too similar to existing organized entities also do not create distinguished ability for example your desired LLC name is speedy delivery services LLC but during your search let's say you find a speed delivery services LLC or you find a super speedy delivery services LLC again these names are too similar therefore your desired LLC name would not be available for use an example of an alternative would be at your door quick LLC takeaways as you can see just filing your paperwork with your desired LLC name is not as straightforward as you may have originally thought the most important takeaways from showing you all these examples are as follows it's important to make sure your name is truly unique and not too similar to the names of existing organized entities if your desired LLC name is unavailable for use either by its exact match already being used or by it being too similar to an existing name we recommend using some creativity and coming up with the variation of your original LLC name so that the name is now unique and is distinguishable and stands apart from other businesses some additional tips to think of when creating your LLC name are make your LLC name easy to spell you want to make sure people can find you when they're looking for you make your LLC name short shorter names are easier for people to remember make your LLC name have a positive connotation leave people with a good feeling when they hear about your business you are now ready to search your desired LLC name against the state's online database we showed you a number of examples where the desired LLC names were not available for use but don't worry in the next part of this video we will provide plenty of examples of names that are avai
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so you've started a business and you've applied for and received your ein now you're filling out some paperwork that requires an ein like hiring employees filing your taxes or maybe applying for a bank loan the problem is you don't remember your ein in this video we'll go over the ways you can find your ein in ways you could find another business's ein as well now if you're not sure what an ein is or how to get one check out our other video what is an ein linked below now there's a couple ways you can recover your ein all of which are pretty quick and pretty easy the first place you can find your ein is business documents when you apply for an ein with the irs they'll have sent you a computer generated confirmation if you still have that and know where it is you'll be able to easily find your ein another possibility is tax documents if this isn't your first year of business and you've filed taxes before you can find your old tax documents and they'll also have your ein on them the process of opening a business bank account requires an ein so if you've already opened a business bank account you can check your bank documents or you can contact your bank and they'll help you find your ein a third way to find your ein is by calling the irs directly you can call the irs monday through friday from 7 am to 7 pm eastern standard time and request a copy of your ein the business responsible party should be the one to call they'll ask for your social security number and a few qualifying questions to confirm ownership of the business after verifying they'll send you a copy of your ein if you're looking for another business as ein the security and exchange commission online forms and filings database offers an ein search tool for publicly held companies the link to the sec filings and forms lookup page is below if you have a relationship with the company such as their vendor you work with you should simply ask the company for their ein if the business is a non-profit you should search in the irs tax-exempt organization search you could also try purchasing a credit report from any of the major credit agencies if you enjoyed this video and found it helpful give us a quick like and if you want to see more content that supports entrepreneurship subscribe to our channel if you've lost or forgotten your ein and are in need of finding it you can either find it on business documents such as bank or tax documents you can contact your bank and ask for their help in finding it or you can contact the irs directly and ask for their help if you're looking for another business's ein you can use the sec forms and filings lookup page for more detailed guides and information on eins check out our website at howtostartinllc.com there we provide all sorts of free resources and tools for entrepreneurs to help them with business formation and business operation good luck with your small business you
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I've studied purchasing at King's College in Wilkes-Barre and I am an expert in religious education. I usually feel curious. My previous job was physical therapist aides I held this position for 16 years, I love talking about roller skating and bocce ball. Huge fan of The Kardashians I practice equestrian and collect crater critters.
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