First thing’s first, conduct a Business Entity Search through the Secretary of State to ensure the name you’d like to file isn’t already taken or too similar to another. Then, if there’s any potential trademark issues, check with the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Because everything is done on the local level, there are basically two ways to get the form you need from the county/city you intend to do business in: Visit the clerk’s office and pick up the proper form, or call the clerk’s office and ask them to send you the information.
Thankfully their forms are very simple and you shouldn’t have any trouble if you’re doing this as an individual. For other business entities like LLCs and Limited Partnerships, it’s not much more complex. Some basic information you’ll need includes:
If you are operating as a Sole Proprietor, LLC, or Non-Profit, it may ask you additional questions pertaining to information like partners contact info or addresses. Just follow the form and double check it.
The last step before filing is to have the form notarized by an authorized individual. Then you can mail it to the appropriate clerks office and await confirmation.
Once you have confirmation and understand how their fee system works you are good to go. You’ll be the official owner of a Massachusetts DBA!
This is an informational guide only, not a legal document. If you have any serious issues, questions, or concerns pertaining to establishing a business in MA, please consult with a legal professional.