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BUS114: Small Business Planning (Hall): Researching a Business Name

What's in a Name?

image source : What's in a Name? By Jack Dorsey

How do I research a business name?

Below you can download step by step tutorials on how to research business names at the state and federal level.

Tips on Choosing a Business Name

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Does the business name clearly represent the business?
  • Is the business name so clever that no one will know what you are selling?

Secretary of State Databases

Trademark & Patent Offices

What's Here?

On this page you will find links to help you research your chosen business name.

On the far left side of this page (under the photo) I've provided a tutorials with screen shots showing you how to search each federal and state site.

The links to the left will go directly to the search page of each state and federal agency.  Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble researching your business name.