The Corporation Division for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office provides copies of filed documents and other information related to corporations doing business in the state through its sos.ga.gov site. Those seeking information can find filings for limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, document orders, and annual registrations. You can search for documents and details of each entity type through their website.
In order to access the search tool, you need to establish a free cGov 360 account, which consists of filling out a small online form. You can do so by clicking here. Logging into the system will enable you to access online services, such as corporation filings, annual registrations, name reservations, certified copy orders, and view filed documents.
The telephone number for the Division of Corporations is (404) 656-2817 and is staffed between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:30 pm local time. The office is located at 2 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Southwest, Suite 313, Floyd West Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334. You can also email them through their online form here.
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Click the following link to conduct document searches for Georgia based corporations: www.sos.ga.gov.
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The key to a successful product development project lies in clearly identifying the problem, the solution, and the customer.
Very often, probably more often than most companies would like to admit, when they approach the development of a new product there is a lot of fanfare, excitement, and momentum surrounding the kickoff. If its a very cool idea, it can be almost impossible to restrain folks from moving forward too quickly. I have seen many projects start with great ideas and lots of hoopla that end up dying a painful death precisely because of all that early enthusiasm. How can we keep development on track from the very beginning?
Have a clear idea of what you will build, who will use the product, and what they will use it for. Don't rush into developing something before you have laid the proper groundwork.
Laying the Groundwork
You are developing a bolt that will fasten the wing of an airplane to the fuselage. It must be engineered in such a way that it continues to hold the wing on the fuselage while the plane is at 40,000 feet and carrying 235 passengers. Your requirements are going to be different if you are designing a bolt that will hold two pieces of wood together to form an artist's easel. These are ridiculous extremes but the point is the bolt for the easel will not need to same hardening, tensile strength, torque capacity, and reliability as the airplane bolt. The requirements of the aircraft manufacturer will be entirely different than the customer painting at the seaside.
Actually - does the fastener even need to be a bolt? Maybe it could be some other form of attachment mechanism. Saying that it will be a bolt will actually limit your options and could pigeon-hole the solution you ultimately bring to market.. You can better say - I need to attach a wing to a fuselage for my customer or I need to have a flexible attachment mechanism for the artist.
I want to develop a content management system:
Developing a real time content delivery mechanism that allows for continuous integration of gigabytes of data into a tool that allows an end-user who relies on that data to properly evaluate, manage, and conduct investment transactions worth billions of dollars daily is vastly different than developing a system that drives content on an occasional basis to a dieting website with about 100 users.
You can see how the risks and the requirements will differ. So, be clear about the problem you're solving and who the customer is from the very beginning and make that your guiding light.
Clearly and concisely define the customer, the solution, and the problem
Try to boil down the concept and customer down into one clear statement.
Getting more detail
Once you hone in on the X, Y, and Z you can start elaborating and working the top delivery points. These are the major points that need to be fulfilled if you are going to have a satisfied customer.
Document your intentions
It is very important to document these details and go back to them often when you get into the weeds of development. Every project is not the same and each project deserves careful consideration and definition from the outset. I have seen many projects fail for lack of a clear vision.
In California, the Business Entities Section of the Business Programs Office within the Secretary of State’s office processes filings, maintains records and provides information to the public relating to business entities (corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships and other business filings). The Business Programs Office is the place to go for people that want to do business in California and it is the largest part of the Secretary of State's office. According to the Employment Development Department there were 1,315,510 in California in the 3rd Quarter of 2012. I was unable to get a current count from the Business Programs Office.
If you would like to contact the Business Entities section you can try to phone them at (916) 657–5448. However, there is a message on their answering machine that indicates that due to budget shortages wait times could be very long. As a matter of fact, there is no way to exit the system to actually speak with someone. In order to get through I had to call the Secretary of State main number and then choose an option that would actually get me to a ring tone. After about 10 minutes a friendly person answered the phone and transferred me to the correct person in the Business Entities section. It might take a bit of doing to get through to them. Unfortunately, they didn't have any answers for me. They are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm excluding state holidays. The office is located at 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Searching records on California Services site is rather straight forward. You can search entities, find out where they are located, who the principals are, their registered agent, and if they are in good standing or not. Articles of Organization and Article of Incorporation and other documentation are not stored at the Secretary of State's office. You will need to contact the entity if you would like a copy of those documents.
You can run a search by Entity Name or Entity Number. The search interface is not very robust. You can find search logic help at http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/be/cbs-search-tips.htm
Click here to search for Corporation Entity Records in California.
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The Corporation Division of the of the Florida Department of State’s office provides copies of filed documents and other information related to corporations doing business in the state through its Sunbiz™ site. Those seeking information can find filings for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, trademarks, fictitious name registrations, and liens. You can search for documents and details of each entity type through their website.
The telephone number for the Division of Corporations is (850) 245-6945 and is staffed between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm local time. The office is located at 2661 Executive Center Circle W, Tallahassee, FL 32301. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Click here to conduct document searches for Florida based corporations at www.sunbiz.org
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At the District of Columbia, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Business Licensing & Corporate Registration site, you can find the online services, forms and contact information to form and maintain a legal business entity in the District of Columbia. Business license verification is provided through their website.
The telephone number for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs is (202) 442-4400 and is staffed between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm (Thursday hours are 9:30 am – 4:30 pm) local time. The office is located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. You can also email them at email@example.com.
The Business License Verification tool enables users to verify that a business is licensed to operate legally in the District of Columbia. You can search for business entities in a variety of ways including by:
Click here to search for Business Licenses in the District of Columbia
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