Selecting an Illinois Business Name

If you’re starting a business, one of the first things you’ll need to do is select a business name. But first, you need to know where you’ll be allowed to use that name. In some cases, you might assume that you are choosing an Illinois business name for use statewide, but in reality, you may only be authorized to use the name in your specific county.

If you’re one of the following business types, you will be able to use your Illinois business name statewide:

On the other hand, if you’re one of the following, you’ll only have legal use of your name in your own county:

There are several reasons that you should know where you’re allowed to use your business name—marketing, compliance with local laws, and so forth—but a very practical reason for needing to know the reach of your name is that you’ll need to know if it’s available for use at that level. We can do a business name search for you to determine whether you’ll be able to use the business name you’ve selected.

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