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You are not required to hire an attorney, but an attorney can help you work through the organizational phases of creating a company. Below are a few items which will need some thought when creating a company. The Secretary of State's Office cannot help you with decisions involving the organization or in creating the fundamental governing documents of the company.

Do you need a Department of Revenue Identification Number?

The North Carolina Department of Revenue assigns their own numbers to companies.

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Do you Need Licenses or Permits?

North Carolina has no single generic business license that will ensure compliance with all requirements. Some business may be subject to several state requirements while others may not be subject to any.

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Decide if you are going to have employees

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If a nonprofit, will you be soliciting funds?

Activities undertaken by a non-profit corporation in order to raise funds to finance its operations may be subject to regulation under one or more state statutes.

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Registering Trademarks or Services Marks

A trademark is any word, name, symbol, graphic image or combination of words and graphic images that your company has formally adopted and uses to identify its products and distinguish them from the products of its competitors.

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Offering Securities in North Carolina

Since you’re starting a business in North Carolina, you may have thought about offering corporate stock, interests in a limited partnership or some other security to help fund your startup.

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