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Step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate:
 
You can't progress unless you decide to make changes. Is now the time to start the business you've been thinking about starting for weeks, months, or even years? Here's how to get started:
1. You will need a distinct name for your business. Remember, you will need to follow your state's guidelines for names, as well as choose something that has an available domain name. This will go on business cards, letter heads, and maybe even products. Choose wisely!
2. You need a registered agent. There is a place on your formation documents where you will put the name and address of your RA. This person/business must be in the state in which you're forming your business, have a physical street address, and also have regular business hours.
3. Fill out your articles of incorporation. You will need to provide this info:
-Corporation name
-Physical and mailing addresses
-Purpose of the corporation
-Number of initial authorized shares or par share value
-The incorporator’s name and signature (a corporation’s incorporator is the person authorized by the corporation to complete the Articles of Incorporation).
-In nearly half of all states, you are also required to list the names and addresses of the initial directors
4. File those articles with the state!
Depending on where you reside, you will send the articles of incorporation to your secretary of state. Find more specific information here:
More details: http://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/corporation.html
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I'm always trying!
 
Become the person who would attract the results you seek.
#success
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Protect those assets, people. Here is how to transfer your most valuable assets to your LLC:
 
A new piece for Score.org: How do you transfer your assets to your new LLC? Meaning...how do they gain the LLCs protection if your business were to be sued?


https://www.score.org/blog/how-transfer-assets-your-llc
When you form an LLC, you will need to transfer assets into the company in order to properly capitalize the business. Let's look at how transferring assets works.
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What is your experience with investors?
 
What is your experience with investors? I have a theory about investors - I think exposing early stage startup ventures to them can be highly destructive - almost always a huge waste of time, and often leading them down the wrong path entirely.

My opinion might be biased - I have had terrible luck with investors and it almost always ends up badly. I never solicit investors but believe it or not I do get contacted by them on occasion - maybe once or twice a year. This is likely because I do my best to organize small business online and sometimes post my ideas and ventures publicly.

It almost always ends up being a disaster, and these "investors" seem to be skilled at making me jump through hoops even when they make the initial contact. In an moment of honesty, one even told me he stopped contacting startups and giving "advice" when he realized he was doing far more harm than good.

Normally I don't like to "tip my hand" when I make a discussion post like this but I would like your real opinion and experience - even if it is the opposite of mine - maybe you have found them to be honest and helpful even if you decided to not do business with them. What is your experience with investors? Do you seek them out or do they find you? Do you have any thoughts on how to manage these inquiries?

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Incorporation = needing to designate a board of directors. Here's a brief rundown of who's who, and what you need to know to hit the ground running with your new, successful corporation:
 
When you decide to incorporate your business, you must appoint a board of directors. Though their size and makeup differ from company to company, every corporation has must have one. Here are some important things you need to know:

https://www.score.org/blog/directors-and-officers-understanding-roles-corporate-management
Understanding the purpose of your board and the roles for directors and officer will help you effectively hit the ground running after incorporation.
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#Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. #leader
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Hearing only what's SAID leaves many gaps in your understanding.
#listeningskills
#communication
#interpersonalskills
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Ten reasons. TEN! That's soooo many :) There's more than that, of course. Happy Friday!
 
Do you need help starting your small business? How do you know who you can trust? Here are the top 10 reason entrepreneurs hire us to help them start their businesses. the good news: it can all be done online:

http://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/incorporation-service.html
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Question of the day >> Why did you choose to go into #business in the industry you're in now?
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Individually we are one drop but together, we are an ocean.
#teamwork
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Gotta love free tools!
 
Have you explored our Free Tools section of our website yet? We provide tons of free and useful resources for small business owners, new and experienced alike! We offer:
Annual report information
Secretary of state contact info for every state
tons of FAQs on how to start and operate your business, covering many different entities
And we also have free, downloadable legal documents for operating your business, plus much more:

http://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/resources.html
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Chief legal strategy officer and blogger of most things business, registered agent, nonprofit, and more
Introduction
I spent the early years of my life working at a locally owned sawmill and enjoyed living in the woods. My life experiences have crafted a unique real world perspective to the law and real world industries. The logging industry was effectively shut down from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); the mill closed, and the town basically died. NAFTA reinvented my career by paying for me to go to law school.

As the chief legal strategy officer, my role at Northwest guides our company and our clients through the vast bureaucracy we all deal with when running a business. I'm interested in helping people start and run successful businesses. I'm always learning and sharing. I have a special interest in nonprofits as well as registered agent services--have any questions? Ask away. 

I've recently begun authoring a blog housed on Northwest Registered Agent that covers a variety of topics concerning LLCs, incorporation, registered agents and registered agent services, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. It's all about solid, quality information and absolutely no filler:

http://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/no-boloney/
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    Chief Legal Strategy Officer, 2005 - present