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Selecting the right business name is a critical step when starting a business or expanding to a new state. A name check ensures the one you have in mind is available early in the planning process to avoid disappointment.
Your quote depends upon both your business type and the states in which you do business.
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Each state has its own rules, guidelines, and means of checking availability. A name can easily be rejected if it's too similar to an existing one, or if it contains a prohibited word (or omits a required one). With this service, CT will verify your name’s format and availability. If everything checks out, you may then consider a name reservation.
It depends on the state. For example, one state may bar the plural of an existing name, whereas others won’t. Additionally, each state has its own required and prohibited terms. CT knows all the ins and outs, so you can focus on procuring the most impactful name for your business.
A name availability check does not reserve the name for you; it’s merely a snapshot to see if your desired name is eligible and available. Name reservation goes one step further to hold the name for a brief period of time, preventing other businesses from claiming it for themselves.