To secure and register your brand name it must be unique, not too similar to another registered name, and shouldn’t contain any restricted wording. To check, conduct a Business Entity Search through the 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, set up an account with the state to file a Temporary Reservation of Business Entity Name to reserve the name for 120 days.
Filing Fee: $35
A Kansas Registered Agent is an intermediary, responsible for receiving and helping you to handle/process all official documentation like state filings, tax forms, legal notices, and so on. This agent can be an individual or a corporate entity, but they need to be a Kansas resident (with a Kansas street address, non-P.O. Box) and be able to legally conduct business in the state.
You can hire an outside professional service and pay up to $160/year, or get a Registered Agent free when you incorporate through IncFile or Incorporate.com. They handle this along with much more depending on your startup package.
Once you’ve got your agent, file Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State through an online application or by mail to make your corporation official. This is a declarative document for the public record that discloses some of the basics like those listed below, so don’t take this step until you’re ready and everyone agrees it’s time to open up shop.
Filing fee: $90
A Corporate Records Book, or binder, is where you put copies of all the most important core documents that make your company what it is in the eyes of the law – Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, meeting minutes, stock certificate ledger, stock certificates, stock certificate stubs, stock transfer documents, etc. It’s very common. Sure, have them online or thumb drive as well, but this is a long-standing tradition for corporations.
Appoint at least 1 director who will oversee the Kansas corporation until the first shareholder meeting where new directors will be voted in. Prepare an “Incorporator Statement” with complete names/addresses of directors and keep in your records book. Meeting should include:
How much time did you and your corporate team spend on choosing where to establish your brand’s financial foundations? Do you already have an experienced and knowledgeable CFO who understands the many different options in terms of local, state, and national banks/credit unions?
This is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly by any stretch of the imagination. Check out this breakdown of the perks with many mainstream Business Checking Accounts to start brushing up.
Honestly, this is the step where a business attorney needs to come into the picture, especially if your regulatory load is on the high-end. At bare minimum consider having a filing service handy to help.
The process of planning out the future of your corporation is an amazing learning opportunity for you, partners, and the managerial team. As you come to terms with the specifics and mold your executive summary, the very culture of your brand crystallizes – marketing approach, competitive analysis, market solution, goals and milestones, funding and forecasting, and all of it. This IS your corporation.
These days it’s all about savvy software that takes raw data and your core messages and creates beautiful presentation-ready, or funding-ready plans. To learn more, dig into the links below.
QUICK LINKS TO BUSINESS PLANNING
Will your website become the end-all, be-all of your marketing approach? Maybe. Will it become a centerpiece of your business model? Perhaps. Regardless, your company must have one. There’s no arguing this fact of 21st century business.
Even if all that means is a nice sleek store on Shopify, a simple one-pager theme on Wix, or perhaps an agency-type site on SquareSpace. As you probably know, there are a fair amount of ways to get a site published no matter how many bells and whistles you want it to have. What’s important is that it speaks for your brand.
Note that this article on how to form a corporation in Kansas 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 corporation in Kansas or business in general, please consult with a lawyer or other accredited professional.