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Selecting a Business Structure

Sole Proprietorship

More information about sole proprietorships.

General Partnership

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Limited Partnership

More information about limited partnerships.

Limited Liability Partnership

More information about limited liability partnerships.


More information about corporations.

Limited Liability Company

More information about limited liability companies.

Non-For-Profit Corporation

More information about non-for-profit corporations.

Common Business Licenses/Permits

Many businesses require some form of permitting or registration at the state or local level. Follow the link below to view a partial list of common lines of business that require registration/licensing/permits with specific agencies/commissions or local government. Learn More about Common Business Licenses and Permits

Check Name Availability/Reserve a Name

You should not begin using a business name until you are certain that it is available for use. A business name is not available if it is already being used by an existing business on file with the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State.

Once you have an idea of what name you want for your business, you may check to see if it is already taken by performing a name availability search.

A name may also be reserved to ensure availability. A name reservation is not required and is effective for 120 days from the date of filing.

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