Building business connections online sometimes comes down to some old fashioned research.
As a business owner, you need to know where your next meal is coming from. No one will send you a check if there are no customers to service. Your job is to make sure the business keeps coming in, as well as making sure that your clients are serviced and delighted every step of the way. Here's a good way to find people you want to connect with online.
You can discover information on companies that you want to do business with by going directly to the Secretary of State's office in your state. Better yet, go to their website. You can make it easy to research business connections with this new Guide to State Business Research Online.
By researching companies through the Secretary of State, you can know that a company you’re going to do business with is still in good standing with the state and you can know when they were first registered. If you are drafting an agreement with a company, you need to know where they are incorporated and what their registered address is for the contract. You can also find out who the principals in the company are and who the registered agent is. The registered agent is the contact of record for serving notices and other legal documents.
If you are doing business with a particular company, there is an opportunity to extend that business if the principals own another company in the same area or in the same industry. It is something you can bring up and discuss with them to extend your business. Many kinds of relationships can be discovered through these legal corporate records. Often, for privately held companies, it is some of the best information you can get. It is, at the very least, a great starting point for your research.
If you are a small business and just getting started, the Secretary of State or Business Entities Division in each state will guide you through the registration process. You'll know what is required when you go to register your new company. You can also discover filing regulations and other licensing information through these business sites. It is a really good idea to become familiar with the State Business Entities Division in your state.
For that reason, I have compiled and published the State by State Business Research Guide. This guide provides you with websites, contacts, telephone numbers, and information about each Business Entities office in the United States. This guide will make it easier to get to the information you need in a timely manner and enable you to make the contacts and connections you need in order to be successful.
You can request your complimentary copy of the State by State Business Research guide here.
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