First, conduct a Business Entity Search through the Secretary of State’s website to see that there’s no other business with the name you want to file, or one that’s too similar. Then, if there are potential trademark issues conduct a similar search using the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
The next step is to contact the city or county clerk’s office where you intend on opening shop so you can get your hands on an application to register a trade name. If you need some help, start with the Connecticut Town Clerks Association.
Now, once you have your form make sure to read every single word carefully and be sure you understand the instructions before filling in anything. This is especially the case if you don’t have a personal lawyer and aren’t working with a professional filing service. Some basic info you’ll need includes:
Once you’ve double and triple checked everything and know that your ducks are in a row, get your application notarized by an authorized individual to make it 100% official.
After sending your application to the right clerk’s office with the fee, all that’s left is to await confirmation. Once you get it, that’s all there is to it. Those are the three basic steps on how to file a DBA in Connecticut!
Please note that this article is for informational purposes only, not legal advice by any means. Contact a lawyer or other legal professional for specific questions about doing business or the proceedings of starting a business in Connecticut.