All work and no play? Here’s a fun game + 3 tips to coming up with a good business name.

By Becky, Public Relations at Direct Incorporation

We’re not all work and no play here at Direct Incorporation. That’s why I’m sharing a little game we found called “The Brand Game.” How many brands can you decipher from literal symbols? Share your score with us.

Okay, back to work. Here are 3 tips to coming up with a good business name.

  • Think like a customer. Choose a name that will appeal to the kind of customers you are trying to attract.
  • Think positive. Choose a name that conjures up good memories in consumers’ minds.
  • Think short. Delete names from your list that are long or hard to say.

For more helpful tips on naming your business, check out Entrepreneur’s article.

Need a logo for your new name? Contact Direct Incorporation for cost-effective logo creation services. Thanks!  – Becky

 

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Incorporating in New Jersey.

Start a business in New JerseyBy Becky, Public Relations at Direct Incorporation

Today for our state incorporation series, we’re visiting The Garden State to learn about what you need to know to incorporate a business in New Jersey.

Discover the benefits of incorporating in New Jersey.
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in New Jersey account for 98% of the state’s employers and 51% of its private-sector employment. A state that prides itself on business innovation and environmental issues, New Jersey ranks #2 in installed solar capacity and #10 in biotechnology strength.

How much time and what is the cost to incorporate in New Jersey?
The ease and speed with which a business is incorporated in New Jersey can vary based on the company name and category of business activity. When incorporating an ordinary corporation or LLC, the average processing time is about two weeks. The state fee to incorporate either an ordinary New Jersey corporation or LLC is $125.

About Direct Incorporation’s New Jersey incorporation services.
Direct Incorporation offers three packages to assist you with incorporating in New Jersey, with prices ranging from $149 to $773. For more information on our New Jersey incorporation services, click on a link below.

Do you have questions about incorporating your business in New Jersey? Please leave a comment below and I will try to answer them. Thanks!  – Becky

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Direct Incorporation Press Release: Deep discount offered on Comprehensive Trademark Search & Report

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 20, 2011 — Direct Incorporation is offering a 30% discount on their Comprehensive Trademark Search & Report from now until the end of the year.

Clients who sign up before the end of the year will receive their Comprehensive Trademark Search & Report for the reduced price of $173, down from $243.

CEO Shannon Stahlin says he is reducing prices to make this service more accessible to new entrepreneurs. “Knowing whether your name is already being used by someone else is the first step to launching your product or service. We want to make sure our clients are starting off on the right foot”.

Every year, thousands of entrepreneurs find out that they unable to expand to a new area with their business or brand name because someone already has Common Law Rights to that business name. A Trademark Search will reveal this issue up front, before time, money and effort is put into building a trade name or brand.

Even if the name is available in the company’s home state, a Trademark Search will reveal if someone is using the name in any part of the country. This is an important step for entrepreneurs looking towards the future and expanding their business.

This special offer is available at this link: http://www.directincorporation.com/trademarks

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Baby boomers fastest growing segment of entrepreneurial growth.

Business Start-UpBy Becky, Public Relations at Direct Incorporation

Although high-profile businesses started by twenty-somethings get a lot of press, boomers make up the fastest growing segment of new business developers in the U.S.

There are several reasons why a seasoned professional would want to attempt a venture in mid-career.

* They’ve been shut out of a business or industry due to economic downturn
* They’re victims of age discrimination
* They’re turning a hobby into a business
* They’ve discovered a new passion and a way to make money doing it

These new entrepreneurs may have the drive and know-how to make it happen, but they may not know exactly what goes into creating a new business from the ground up. This is especially true of people who are entering into a new industry.

New business owners are so involved in making their business go, they don’t have time to dedicate to some of the legal and research issues that are also vital to the success of the business. And not to scare you, but those are the things that you shouldn’t let slide when entering into the world as an entrepreneur.

While technology makes everything faster, it also makes it impossible to keep up with what’s trending in business; the intricacies of incorporating in each state; ensuring the business is protected; how to promote; and the list goes on and on.

Our company’s mission is to make it easier to start a business. If you’re one of those people in start-up mode and need some advice on incorporating your business, visit our website for a complete list of our services.

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Incorporating in Georgia.

Incorporating a business in GeorgiaBy Maryann Lawrence, Startup Rep, Direct Incorporation

Today for our state incorporation series we’re visiting the Peach State to learn about what you need to know to incorporate a business in Georgia.

Discover the benefits of incorporating in Georgia.
According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in Georgia account for 98% of the state’s employers and 46% of its private-sector employment. It also ranks #5 in the Economic Growth Potential and #2 in Workforce Training Leaders, per a report by Business Facilities. The Georgia Department of Economic Development ranks Georgia #1 in the U.S. for Entrepreneurship, # 6 for best state in the U.S. in which to do business and #8 best state for business, careers and regulatory environment.

How much time and what is the cost to incorporate in Georgia?
The ease and speed with which a business is incorporated in Georgia can vary based on the company name and category of business activity. When incorporating an ordinary corporation or LLC, the average processing time is only 6-8 business days. The state fee to incorporate either an ordinary Georgia corporation or LLC is $100.

About Direct Incorporation’s Georgia incorporation services.
Direct Incorporation offers three package to assist you with incorporating in Georgia, with prices ranging from $149 to $773. For more information on our Georgia incorporation services, click on a link below.

Do you have questions about incorporating your business in Georgia? Please leave a comment below and I will try to answer them. Thanks!  – Maryann

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CEO Shannon Stahlin profiled on DBusiness.

Direct Incorporation CEOBy Maryann Lawrence, Startup Rep, Direct Incorporation

Direct Incorporation CEO Shannon Stahlin is profiled in the most recent issue of DBusiness as part of their annual “30 in Their 30s” feature.

The inspiration of Direct Incorporation came to Shannon while he was in law school at Tulane University. Originally, our company focused on providing more economical and efficient alternatives to traditional law firms for common small business issues. But Shannon saw the need quickly to expand our services and advise new business start-ups about such matters as domain registration, logo and website design.

Shannon comes by this naturally: His father and both grandfathers were entrepreneurs. After eight years in business, Shannon is now a grizzled veteran at the ripe old age of 32. For more information, check out the article in DBusiness, on newsstands now.

If you own a small business, or have an idea for one, we can help with our small business legal services.

 

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Incorporating in New York.

How to incorporate in New YorkBy Maryann Lawrence, Startup Rep, Direct Incorporation

Today for our state incorporation series we’re visiting the Big Apple to learn about what you need to know to incorporate a business in New York.

Discover the benefits of incorporating in New York.
According to the Small Business Administration small businesses in New York account for 99 percent of the state’s employers and 52 percent of its private-sector employment. It also ranks #3 in the highest average wages and #4 in the best education climate, according to a report by Business Facilities.

How much time and what is the cost to incorporate in New York?
The ease and speed with which a business is incorporated in New York can vary based on the company name and category of business activity. When incorporating an ordinary corporation or LLC, the average processing time is around 3-4 weeks. The state fee to incorporate an ordinary New York corporation is $145, whereas, the state fee for an ordinary New York LLC is $210. For an additional $65 expedite fee, the state will cut the processing time to 3 business days.

About Direct Incorporation’s New York incorporation services.
Direct Incorporation offers three packages to assist you with incorporating in New York, with prices ranging from $149 to $773. For more information on our New York incorporation services, click on a link below.

Do you have questions about incorporating your business in New York? Please leave a comment below and I will try to answer them. Thanks!  – Maryann

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Introducing the CorpAcct Program from Direct Incorporation. Making it easier for CPAs and Accountants to incorporate their clients.

CorpAcct Program By Maryann Lawrence, Startup Rep, Direct Incorporation

Direct Incorporation is rolling out a new program to assist CPAs and Accountants nationwide with incorporating their clients’ businesses.

This B-to-B program provides CPAs and Accountants with all the necessary paperwork needed to incorporate or form LLCs, plus a commission for each incorporation package completed.

As a CorpAcct client, Accountants and CPAs will be able to provide their clients with the necessary Corporate Formality documents, such as Bylaws, Stock Certificates, Corporate Book and Seal. Additionally, they will be able to stay on top of their clients’ corporate formalities by running their corporate meetings, automatically creating Minutes and Resolutions and then storing them securely online.

Direct Incorporation is offering three packages, ranging from $149 (plus state fees) to $773 (plus state fees). All packages include the following services. The top tier package includes several add-ons such as website hosting and logo design, and trademark protection and monitoring.

* Articles of Incorporation
* Preliminary Name Check
* Real-Time Online Access to Client Resource Center
* Prompt Shipment
* Notice Documents
* Employer Identification Number
* Filing of State Franchise Tax
* S-Corporation Assistance
* Designated CorpAcct Rep
* Free Business Compliance Program

Learn more about the CorpAcct program.

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Top reasons people leave your website. And 3 tips to entice people to linger longer.

Website Design ServicesBy Maryann Lawrence, Startup Rep, Direct Incorporation

These days, having a good website is critical. According to eMarketer the number of consumers researching or shopping online will surpass 200 million by 2015! But how do you get people to visit your website? And, once there, how do you get them to stay?

How to bring people to your website.

To bring people to your website, you’ll need to make sure you rank high in the search engines. (When your target market performs a Google or Yahoo search, the goal is for your site to show up on the first page of the search engine’s results.)

To do this, you’ll need to do some on-page search engine optimization. This starts with brainstorming the key words for which people are searching and sprinkling those keywords throughout your website headlines and body copy.

Another way to attract more traffic is to tag your graphics. This means, naming your image files with the same relevant keywords mentioned above.

For more information on optimizing your website for search engines, downloadCopyblogger’s free guide: How to Create Compelling Content that Ranks Well in Search Engines.

How to get people to stay.

When a visitor jumps ship in less than eight seconds, it’s called click-off. Solving click-off can be a challenge. But there are some things you can do.

  1. Get rid of slow-loading, high-resolution images.
  2. Deliver high quality content that provides answers to what your target market is searching for. This includes providing a clear description of who you are and what you do.
  3. Be sure your site can be easily navigated. For more tips on setting up your site navigation, see Entrepreneur’s article on 10 Things Every Small-Business Website Needs.

Need a new website? Contact Direct Incorporation for cost-effective website design and hosting services. Thanks!  – Maryann

 

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Incorporating in Texas.

Texas Business IncorporationBy Maryann Lawrence, Startup Rep, Direct Incorporation

Today for our state incorporation series we’re heading on down to the Lone Star State to learn about what you need to know to incorporate a business in Texas.

Discover the benefits of incorporating in Texas.
According to an article in Trends, this year Texas accounted for 30 percent of the country’s job growth. In fact, Business Facilities ranked Texas Number Two in the nation for business climate, just under Utah. This is due to the many benefits Texas offers business owners:

* Separate legal entity status, which normally shields business owners from personal responsibility for business losses
* Check and Box tax regulations, which allow a business to decide for itself how it wants to be taxed
* Highest export sales of any state
* Lowest workers’ compensation costs of any state
* No income or capital-gains tax for individuals

How much time and what is the cost to incorporate in Texas?
The state fee to form an S-Corp, C-Corp or LLC in Texas is $300 and it only takes three to four business days on average to complete the process.

About Direct Incorporation’s Texas incorporation services.
Direct Incorporation offers three packages to assist you with incorporating in Texas, with prices ranging from $149 to $773. For more information on our Texas incorporation services, click on a link below.

Do you have questions about incorporating your business in Texas? Please leave a comment below and I will try to answer them. Thanks!  – Maryann

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