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Naming Your Business
Whether you’re searching for the right business name or registering your LLC with the Mississippi Secretary of State, Bizee can help. We have all the information you need to know on how to conduct a Mississippi business search, plus LLC naming rules, assumed names and registering your business.
General Rules for LLC Names
These rules typically apply to all LLCs, regardless of what state they’re formed in.
Your LLC Name Must Be Unique
Your preferred business name cannot be used by any other LLC or formed entity in the State of Mississippi. This is why it's imperative to perform a Mississippi business entity search prior to beginning the filing process.
Your LLC Name Must Not Be Confusable With Another Business Name
Your LLC name should be original, but that’s not enough. It also cannot be similar to the name of a corporation or LLC in Mississippi. For example, you cannot use the following factors to say your name is different and distinguishable from the name of another business:
- Suffixes, such as Corporation, Company, Incorporated, Incorporation, Limited, Corp., Co., Inc., Ltd., LLC, etc.
- Definite articles, such as “A,” “An,” or “The”
- The conjunction "And," or “&"
- The singular, plural or possessive forms of words
- Abbreviations, punctuation, symbols, fonts, typefaces, etc.
Your LLC Name Must Contain Certain Words
All LLCs must have the words “Limited Liability Company,” “L.L.C.” or “LLC” in their names, normally at the end of the name.
Your LLC Name May Have Other General Restrictions
Most states will not allow you to form LLCs with names that:
- Are very similar to the name of a federal or state agency or organization (e.g., FBI, FDA, Mississippi Comptroller, Mississippi Police, Treasury, etc.)
- Suggest affiliation with a federal or state agency or organization
- Use the term “Olympic” or any terms that are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee
- Imply a purpose that would be illegal for your business to carry out
Specific Rules for Mississippi Business Names
As mentioned above, Mississippi requires LLCs to comply with the general naming rules. Unlike most states, Mississippi does not require any further naming regulations to be met.
How to Come Up with a Business Name
Finding the perfect business name may be elusive. We have a complete guide to choosing the right business name, but essentially, you'll want to choose a name that will:
- Best represent your product or services
- Appeal to your customers
- Be memorable enough to stand out
- Not be used by another business
Mississippi Business Search
Once you have an idea of what you want as your business name, you’ll need to perform a Mississippi business entity search to make sure the name hasn’t been taken by another formed business.
Bizee offers a fast, simple and convenient tool to look up your proposed business name. The Mississippi Secretary of State also has a tool that lets you search the State of Mississippi business name registry to see whether your desired name is available or if another business is using your preferred name.
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Trademarks and Service Marks
You must be careful that your Mississippi LLC name doesn’t infringe on the trademark or service mark of another business. The easiest way to make sure your proposed business name doesn’t do that is to complete a trademark search through Bizee. If no one else is using it, you can even register it as a trademark yourself.
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Mississippi DBA or Trade Name
You may do business under a different name from your legal LLC name. In several states, this is called a DBA (doing business as), assumed name or fictitious name. The state of Mississippi calls it a trade name and also refers to it as a fictitious name. You may choose to use a Mississippi fictitious name for a variety of reasons.
For example, your business might be called Corporate Marketing Solutions, LLC, and under that company, you have an event planning business called Corporate Events. You could file for a fictitious name just for that company. You'll need to apply for Trade Name Registration with the Mississippi Secretary of State, or you can have Bizee do it on your behalf through our DBA service.
Note: A trade name is not the same as a trademark. Learn more about trademark vs. DBA.
Register Your Business Name With the Mississippi Secretary of State (SOS)
Once you’ve completed a Mississippi business entity search, checked availability, followed the naming rules and decided whether you need a fictitious business name, you can register your LLC name. There are a couple of ways to do this.
- If you don’t want to form your LLC right now, you can reserve the business name. You can file an Application for Reservation of Name with the Mississippi Secretary of State. Your name will be reserved for 180 days once the application is processed. If you’re forming your Mississippi LLC right away, you won’t need to reserve a name.
- If you’re ready to start your LLC now, you can file your Certificate of Formation with the Mississippi Secretary of State or have Bizee do it for you.
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FAQs About Mississippi Business Names
How Do I Search for My Mississippi Business Name?
Are There Any Rules for Naming My Business in Mississippi?
Yes. Most LLCs are bound by general rules (applicable to all LLCs) and specific rules (applicable in the State of Mississippi). You'll find more information above.
Can I Do Business Under a Different Name Than My LLC Name in Mississippi?
Yes. The state of Mississippi allows you to conduct business using a fictitious name or trade name. Details are above.
Can I Reserve a Name for My Mississippi LLC?
Yes. The Mississippi Secretary of State allows you to reserve a name for 180 days if you don’t want to start your business immediately. Details are above. If you’re ready to start your business now, you don’t need to reserve a name.