Main Guide: Starting a Business.
Business Name Search & Registration
A non-trademarked business name can be used by two companies, as long as those two companies operate in different states. But, they cannot use the same name in the same state.
If you have your heart set on a particular name for your LLC or corporation, it is imperative that you run a search to see if that name is available.
Even if you're not ready to business, you can still run a name search and reserve the appropriate name.