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Looking for information on how to register a business name in Tennessee? This video will help entrepreneurs find information on legally registering their business name and is a part of the How to Start a Business in Tennessee video series.
Topics include trademarking a business name, registering a fictitious name / DBA for a sole proprietorship & partnership along with trade name reservations for a corporation or LLC.
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Types of Business Organization in Tennessee - https://youtu.be/SJVDVGDfpD4
What Business Licenses are Needed in Tennessee – https://youtu.be/8Vl3KZRiKsA
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Welcome to how to Register a Business Name in Tennessee, presented by StartingYourBusiness.com. This video is a part of a series of videos on starting a business in Tennessee.
After deciding on the legal entity of your business, it’s time to decide on a name for the business.
For sole proprietorships or partnerships there are two options. One is to operate under the owner’s full first and last name, like John Smith. This type of name does not need to be registered.
Most businesses will however want to operate under an Assumed Name like John Smith’s Handyman Service, Mr. Handyman, and so on. The term Assumed Name is sometimes referred to as fictitious business name, doing business as, or DBA. The rules on whether a sole proprietor or partnership will need to file for the Certificate of Assumed Name will vary by county. Not every county requires one and if that’s the case, you are able to operate under any business name without filing with the county. To see if your business will need to register, go to the Register of Deeds office in the county where the business will operate. Even though you don’t have to file with the county, you will still want to be sure the business name you want to use isn’t trademarked. To check on trademarks, visit the U.S. Patent Trademark Office at uspto.gov and run a trademark search.
To register a name for a corporation or LLC, you must have a unique name at the time of filing. Each corporation and LLC must be distinctly different from other registered names To check the availability of names, you will visit the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website.
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