Form a Corporation in Pennsylvania yourself with our simple step-by-step guide. It’s free and easy!
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To secure and register your brand name it must be unique, not too similar to another registered name in Pennsylvania, and shouldn’t contain any restricted wording. To check, conduct a Business Entity Search through the Sec. of State, and if there are potential trademark issues conduct another quick search using the TESS System through the U.S. Patent Office.
Keep in mind your brand name should contain the words ‘Corporation,’ ‘Company,’ ‘Incorporated,’ or ‘Limited.” Abbreviations for these words are also acceptable. If needed, you can file a Name Reservation form (DSCB:15-208) at the Pennsylvania Dept. of State that’s good for 120 days.
Filing Fee: $70
A Pennsylvania Registered Agent acts on your half to officially receive and help process important documentation like state filings, tax forms, legal notices and so on. They must be a resident of the state or a corporation, either domestic or foreign, with a physical street address, authorized by the Sec. of State.
You can hire an outside professional service and expect to pay up to $160/year, or get a certified agent free of charge when you incorporate with IncFile or CorpNet. They handle this along with much more depending on your startup package.
The next step is to file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of Pennsylvania. When filing a corporation in Pennsylvania, note that you need the following information:
Filing fee: $50
Think of this as the hard copy record book where all critical corporate documents are kept like the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, meeting minutes, stock certificate ledger, stock certificates, stock certificate stubs, stock transfer documents, etc. It’s the ultimate company binder! They’re very common and while not necessary having one is highly recommended for all serious business entities.
Appoint at least 1 director who among other things will oversee the Pennsylvania corporation until the first shareholder meeting where new directors will be voted in. Prepare an “Incorporator Statement” with complete names and addresses of each director and keep it in your records book. Once elected, an initial meeting should:
Ideally, during your first shareholder meeting you spent some time going over where to bank and set up your corporation’s financial foundation. With so many different banks and credit unions (local, state, national) with tons of different fee structures, incentives, kickbacks, and other business services this shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The other note we have is to make sure corporate accounts aren’t connected or mixed with any accounts of any other kinds. It should be a dedicated and separate account for easy financial tracking and tax purposes synced with your accounting software.
To ensure that you don’t face penalties, fines, and fees when starting a business, you need to completely fulfill your regulatory requirements. To get started:
Unlike other types of businesses, corporations tend to need funding pretty earlier on which is why “funding-ready” plans are much more prevalent. What this means is that the basics are clearly refined and set down in a nice presentable plan ready to show investors, VCs, lending institutions, etc.
From marketing and budgeting, to competitive analysis and financial forecasts, these folks want to be able to quickly assess the core fundamentals of your brand to decide whether it’s a solid worthwhile investment or not. To learn more check out the links below.
QUICK LINKS TO BUSINESS PLANNING
Not every business needs to make digital marketing the cornerstone of their growth strategy, or even put much emphasis into building a digital presence – but a website is necessary nonetheless. What will potential customers and stakeholders find when they search for your brand online to see what it’s about and what people might be saying?
Although building a website was difficult in the early 2000’s, now you can just use a customizable and affordable tool like Wix or SquareSpace. Regardless of which business website builder you choose, you’re in good hands!
Note that this article on how to form a Pennsylvania Corporation isn’t a legal document or legal advice. It’s for informational purposes and the information above is subject to change. For specific legal questions regarding how to form a Pennsylvania Corporation or business in general, please consult with a lawyer or other accredited professional.