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Here are some tips on how to license or register a business on a local, state and national level (including certifying businesses that are at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by a Woman or Women, Minority, or is a Small Business concern).

As I mentioned in my previous article, The birth of a start-up business, in October 2013 I opened the start-up Strategy Consulting firm MGFournier. In doing so I’ve needed to research the proper way to license or register my business with local, state and federal agencies. While working on a client proposal I stumbled on more valuable information, gathered from a company called Actavis, on their Supplier Relations site http://www.actavis.com/en/Supplier_relations.htm. On that site they suggest the following: “if your business is based in the United States and is at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, minority or is a small business concern we encourage you to be certified by the following agencies”. I personally am going to follow their recommendation and register my business with the Small Business Administration, in addition to local and state licensing requirements. I think this combination can only increase the credibility of my firm in the eyes of existing and potential clients! The agencies referenced on the Actavis Supplier Relations site are as follows. Note, I’m referencing Actavis in this article only to give them credit for providing the information I found on their site, which I feel will be of benefit to not only me but anyone owning a business.

National Minority Suppliers
Development Council
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 944-2430
www.nmsdc.org

Small Business Administration
1-800-U-ASK-SBA
www.sba.gov

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-5515 ext. 20
www.wbenc.org

In addition to following the links to the organizations mentioned above, I did my own research on the proper steps needed to license or register my own firm on a local and state level. As a result, I found other valuable links and have included them below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Business_Administration - Wikipedia definition of the U.S. Small Business Administration

http://www.sba.gov/content/how-name-business - Choose Your Business Name, from SBA.gov site

http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=tess&state=4810:my4gg2.1.1 - Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the U.S. Patent and Trademark office’s trademark search tool

http://www.sba.gov/content/intellectual-property-law - How to file for trademark or service mark protection for your business name, symbols and logos, from SBA.gov site

http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/difference-between-trade-name-and-trademark-%E2%80%93-and-why-you-can%E2%80%99t-overlook-either - The Difference between a Trade Name and a Trademark – And Why You Can’t Overlook Either, from SBA.gov site

http://www.sba.gov/content/register-government-contracting - Register for Government Contracting, from SBA.gov site

http://www.sba.gov/content/register-your-fictitious-or-doing-business-dba-name - Register Your Business Name (Fictitious or Doing Business As (DBA) Name), from SBA.gov site

http://www.sba.gov/content/incorporating-your-business - Register Your Business with State Agencies, from SBA.gov site

http://sunbiz.org/ - Florida Division of Corporations´ Sunbiz™ web site

https://efile.sunbiz.org/ficregintro.html - Florida Division of Corporations online Fictitious Name Registration page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Small_Business_Development_Center_Network - Wikipedia definition of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC)

http://sbdctampabay.com/ - SBDC Tampa Bay | Small Business Development Center at USF, Tampa, FL

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org - Hillsborough County, FL - Official Website

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