The Launch Blog: Expert Advice from the CorpNet Team

How to Sell Your Business Idea to Investors

Whether you’re in the early stages of a startup or looking to scale your existing business, the one hurdle many small business owners face is obtaining funding. While entrepreneurs in some industries may have an easier time, typically, it is challenging to sell your business idea to investors. Convincing someone to invest in your business is not just about showing potential profitability. There’s a whole process involved. You have to sell your vision, team, and ability to execute. Here’s a step-by-step guide for small business owners interested in selling their business ideas to...

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12 Steps for Closing a Corporation by Year End

As difficult as it may be to make the decision to close a business, things can become even more challenging if a business’s owners don’t tie up all the loose ends. If you’re thinking of closing your corporation by year-end, realize that there’s more to the process than halting the sale of products and services. Merely stopping business activities doesn’t officially close a company, there are steps that must be taken to legally end the business entity’s existence. The exact actions a corporation’s owners must take will depend on where the business is located, whether it has employees, or...

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12 Steps for Closing an LLC Before Year End

If you’re thinking of closing your LLC before the year ends, you may be feeling overwhelmed. And you are probably wondering what you must do to exit the business without leaving any loose ends behind. Indeed, there is more to shutting down a business than merely ceasing to sell products and services. The exact actions a Limited Liability Company’s members must take depend on where the business is registered, whether it has employees on its payroll, and other factors.  It can be tricky to determine all the requirements, so LLC owners (a.k.a. members) should carefully research the things...

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How Do I Maintain a Business?

After a business is up and running, it's critical to maintain it by fulfilling all of the required business compliance tasks on time. Of course, businesses grow and evolve over time, and therefore, the actions they must take to maintain a business entity also may change. Fortunately, CorpNet is here to help you learn how to manage your business effectively every step of the way. What are some of the business considerations entrepreneurs should keep in mind? Below, I’ve listed several situations where changes in a business will involve business compliance filings. 1. Hiring employees...

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Maintain Business Compliance to End the Year in Good Standing

As we move into the winter months it's time to begin thinking of year-end business compliance responsibilities and business activities. Business compliance matters to businesses regardless of industry or size and it is something that needs attention every year. Compliance regulations vary by state, so it is important for you to know the rules and due dates for each state you operate within. For companies that operate across many states or are expanding into new states, there are many variables to consider when selecting which state to incorporate. Things to consider include annual fees...

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What is a Registered Office?

You'll likely encounter some unfamiliar terms when forming and managing your business. One phrase is a registered office, which refers to the physical address where a company receives service of process, which are legal documents and government notices that need immediate attention. Compliance can be confusing, so let's review what a registered office is and why you may need one. Common Law vs. Statutory Entities One of the first things you need to do when starting a new business is to decide on a business structure. There are two different types of business structures that would pertain...

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Can an LLC Owner File for Unemployment?

Can an LLC owner file for unemployment? The quick answer is yes, but not in every situation. There are advantages to owning a Limited Liability Company (LLC), with tax flexibility, serving as one of the major benefits. How you elect to structure your LLC for tax purposes is what makes the difference in being able to file for unemployment. What is the Unemployment Insurance? Payroll taxes are incurred at the state and federal level. Employers must register for the appropriate tax accounts to hire employees, to process payroll, and to file returns. Unemployment Insurance Tax (UI) is a...

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A Guide for Starting a Business in Maryland

Maryland’s strategic location on the east coast of the U.S. is within easy reach of major metropolitan cities like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. This proximity can give your business access to a large customer base and supply chain networks. In addition, Maryland is home to several top-notch universities, research institutions, and a highly educated workforce. You can tap into this talent pool to find skilled employees in various fields, from technology and healthcare to finance and biotechnology. Today's post is a thirteen step guide to starting a new...

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How to Withdraw Money From an LLC

How does a Limited Liability Company (LLC) owner withdraw money from their business? Whether these funds are for personal use or it is considered compensation from the LLC, how they may do that depends on three things: Whether the Limited Liability Company is a single-member LLC or multi-member LLC How the LLC is treated for tax purposes Whether the LLC member actively works in the business As with all other legal and tax aspects of operating a business entity, it’s important to withdraw money from an LLC correctly. Getting guidance from an accounting professional will help ensure you...

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Checklist for Launching a New Business in Indiana

Launching a new business in Indiana can be a smart move due to the state’s favorable business environment. Characterized by relatively low corporate taxes, reasonable regulatory requirements, and a comparatively affordable cost of living, Indiana’s central location gives it easy access to a broad customer base. The state also boasts a skilled and diverse workforce supported by renowned universities and vocational institutions, providing a talent pipeline for various industries. Below is a checklist of what you need to know to start your Indiana business. 1. Fine-Tune Your Business Idea...

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What Is IRS Form 2553?

IRS Form 2553 (Election by a Small Business Corporation) is the form that a corporation (or other entity eligible to be treated as a corporation) files to be treated as an S corporation for federal tax purposes. The IRS has specific criteria that entities must meet to qualify for the S Corporation election. Here’s an overview of their requirements: Must be a domestic corporation or a domestic entity eligible to elect to be treated as a corporation Must timely file Form 2553 Must have no more than 100 shareholders (or LLC members). Shareholders are individuals, estates, exempt...

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A Guide for Starting a Business in Colorado

Colorado’s economy is just as varied and unique as its people and landscape. Tourists flock from around the world to experience Colorado’s scenery, recreational adventures, and cultural activities. In addition, Colorado has a long successful history of ranching, farming, and mining. Today, Colorado’s Front Range, which stretches from Fort Collins to Pueblo, is a hub of financial services and home to one of the nation’s busiest airports. Energetic communities of entrepreneurs collaborate with top-notch educational institutions to fuel cutting-edge industries like aerospace, biochemistry,...

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What Is an Executor of an LLC?

An LLC executor is a designated person or business entity that an LLC’s members appoint to handle certain legal and tax-related aspects of their business at various stages of its existence. An executor might assist LLC members through the business formation process, helping to complete and file the required paperwork with the Secretary of State office and other agencies. LLC members might also rely on the executor to prepare and file business compliance filings necessary to keep the LLC In good standing with the state. After a member dies or LLC members decide to close their company, an...

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Why Small Businesses Fail

Owning a small business is the American dream. But sometimes, despite all the hard work, that dream turns into a nightmare and businesses don’t make it. Understanding why small businesses fail can be as crucial as knowing the secrets of those that succeed. Being aware of the signs of business failure can help you spot when you need to take immediate action to keep your business going. Here’s what to avoid. 1. Lack of Experience The challenge: Many new entrepreneurs have no prior business experience or are unfamiliar with the industry of their startup. They may not understand the basics of...

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Back to School, Back to Your Business

With autumn approaching, many entrepreneurs and other professionals with school-age children face a double dose of challenges. Back to school brings break-neck fall schedules packed with events and extracurricular activities that demand parents’ time. And as kids adjust to the new norm, adults must play catch up professionally as they take stock of the business responsibilities they may have put on the back burner during the summer. Below are some tips to help you and your family survive and thrive while working through the transition. Back to Business 1. Time to Focus If you’re an...

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What Is a Certificate of Formation?

If you’re considering starting a business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you’ll want to become familiar with the term “Certificate of Formation.” Sometimes called Articles of Organization or Certificate of Organization, a Certificate of Formation is the legal document LLC owners (members) must file with the state to form their business entity. By filing a Certificate of Formation, LLC members provide the state with the information it needs for deciding to approve or disapprove a company as a registered entity. Each state has its own requirements for forming an LLC, and the...

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CorpNet Awarded Inc. Pacific Regionals for 2023

CorpNet is proud to announce that it has made Inc.’s prestigious Inc. Regionals Pacific list in 2023 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. This is the second year CorpNet has been honored in the regional awards. With a healthy 244% 2-year growth, CorpNet made a significant move from position 213 to 75. CorpNet's Inc. profile can be found at https://www.inc.com/profile/corpnet. “I am beyond proud of the exponential growth our company, CorpNet, has achieved in the last year which has helped us secure a spot on the coveted Inc.5000 Pacific Regionals list in 2023. We...

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Should I Be My Own Registered Agent?

The owner of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Corporation might consider being their own registered agent since it eliminates the cost of contracting another party to accept service of process and other official notifications on the business’s behalf. However, while legally you may be allowed to be your own registered agent, it’s likely not the best option. Why? Let’s talk about a registered agent’s responsibilities and the valid reasons for entrusting those duties to a commercial registered agent rather than taking them on yourself. What Does a Registered Agent Do? A registered agent...

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Registered Agent Options for Non-Citizens

If you’re a foreign entrepreneur wishing to start a business in the United States, I expect you may have many questions about the process. Non-citizens can own a U.S-based Limited Liability Company (LLC) or C Corporation, and like U.S. residents, non-resident business owners must comply with federal, state, and local rules and regulations to legally form and operate a business entity. Among those requirements is designating a registered agent in the state where the foreign owner registers their company and other states where it will conduct business. What Does a Registered Agent Do? A...

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What is a Corporate Resolution?

A corporate resolution is a formal record of a corporation's board of directors' decisions and actions on behalf of the company. States require incorporated companies to use corporate resolutions for recording major business decisions. The company's board of directors must vote to approve resolutions either during board meetings or in writing. 

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A Guide for Starting a Business in Michigan

If you’ve been thinking about starting a business in Michigan, you're in good company. With plentiful resources, incentives, and loans, Michigan is home to 902,000 small businesses that represent 48.3 % of the state's workers. Michigan offers one of the best pro-business environments in the country and provides businesses with the support they need for expansion and growth. Bloomberg ranks Michigan first in state economies with a population over 2 million and CNBC ranks the state in the top ten for the overall business. We'd like to help you get started with your Michigan small business,...

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Time is Running Out on $1 LLC and DBA Filing in Colorado

Since July 1, 2022, the filing fees required to be paid for the registration of new businesses within Colorado have been reduced to $1. This savings includes the formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and initial tradename registrations (DBAs). Colorado Business Fee Relief Act from July 1, 2022 provides for the waiver of such fees until June 30, 2023. Now is the time to take advantage of these savings! The waiver will end at 12:00 PST on June 30, 2023. That just leaves a few hours left to take advantage of this business formation discount.Grab Your SavingsHow Does This Affect...

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Time is Running Out on California Waiving Business Formation Filing Fees

Since July 1, 2022, the filing fees required to be paid for the registration of new businesses with the California Secretary of State have been waived. This includes Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Limited Partnerships (LPs). California’s Budget Act of 2022  provides for the waiver of such fees until June 30, 2023. Now is the time to take advantage of these savings! The waiver will end at 12:00 PST on June 30, 2023. That just leaves a few hours left to take advantage of this business formation discount.Grab Your Saving on Business Formations Click on any link below...

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How to Add a DBA to an LLC

Some companies, such as Limited Liability Companies (LLC), choose to do business under a different name than the one they have registered in their formation documents. Like other businesses, before an LLC may use an alternate name in its contracts, advertising, and customer interactions, it must complete a Doing Business As (DBA) filing to register the name. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to add a DBA to an LLC. Anatomy of a Doing Business As (DBA) A DBA legally allows an LLC to use a different name to conduct business. Other terms that states use when referring to a DBA include...

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Can You Use a UPS Store or PO Box for a Registered Agent?

It may seem very appealing to use a UPS store or PO Box for your registered agent, but this comes with a lot of risks. And in some states, this action can result in the closure of your business. Let's walk through what a registered agent is and why opting to use a USP Store or PO Box for your registered agent is not the best course of action. Who Needs a Registered Agent? A registered agent (RA) is a person or company with the authority to accept service of process (legal documents and government notices) on behalf of a company. If you own a Limited Liability Company (LLC), C Corporation,...

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Do Uber Drivers Need an LLC?

Uber drivers, even those doing rideshare driving as a side gig, are considered to be earning income through self-employment. Just like other self-employed independent contractors, they face some critical startup decisions—including what business entity type to choose for their business. After signing the Uber contract to designate themselves as a self-employed private contractor, Uber drivers face the decision of what type of business structure they should operate under. And they shouldn’t take this lightly, because the business structure chosen will affect their tax obligations and...

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What is an LLC Statement of Information?

No matter which state your Limited Liability Company (LLC) is located in, you will need to file documentation with the Secretary of State to establish your company and keep it legally compliant. A Statement of Information is one of the standard reporting requirements that many LLCs across the United States must adhere to. A state may require a Statement of Information as an "Initial Report," due shortly after registering a business. Many states will also mandate LLCs to submit a Statement of Information (sometimes called an "Annual Report") each year, every other year, or on some...

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What are Articles of Organization?

Have you decided to operate your business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC)? If you answered yes, you must comply with your state's requirements for registering your company. Those responsibilities include filing an Articles of Organization (sometimes called a Certificate of Organization or Certificate of Formation) with the state government. The Articles of Organization is a legal document containing important information about the business. The Secretary of State's office must approve the document for the LLC to be recognized as a legal entity. Why Articles of Organization Are...

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Can an H-1B Visa Holder Start an LLC?

People interpret the American dream differently. For many foreigners, it likely represents an opportunity for prosperity and success. Coming to the United States and starting a business is often the start of that prosperity. The United States government allows nonimmigrant alien workers with specialized knowledge to come to America on an H-1B work visa if they’ve been offered a job. But what if the H-1B visa holder wants to start their own company in the United States? Is this allowed? And if so, how is it done? In today's post, I cover how starting a Limited Liability Company (LLC) could...

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