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I'm off to the courthouse to register my DBA and making arraingements to register with the state. Yikes! Websites, logos, literature, marketing, oh my!

Check out The SBA used to send out a "welcome packet" that contained most of the usual forms for starting up a business - registering a dba, getting a sales tax license, etc. I imagine they now have this stuff available online (I started my biz in 1994), but you might still be able to get a welcome packet from your local SBA office. It will advise you about a lot about things you might not think of, like checking to see if your tradename is in use before you get your business cards printed (my very first costly mistake).

I'm sorry to hear about the way you were "motivated" to get moving on this, but it sounds like you're using your lemons to make lemonade. Good luck in your new endeavor. What are you going to be doing?

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