Corporation Search or Business Search
Search corporations, businesses, filings, corporate name availability and other information about businesses in each state.
Business Search or Coporation Search: Free online access to corporate, limited liability company and limited partnership information. Available information includes the complete entity name, entity number, formation, registration or conversion date, status, jurisdiction, entity address, and the name and address of the agent for service of process.
Publicly Traded Disclosure Search: Free online access to abstracts of reported information for all publicly traded corporations that have filed a Corporate Disclosure Statement with the California Secretary of State.
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- Alabama Secretary of State Government Records Inquiry System
- Alaska Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
- Arizona Corporation Commission
- Arkansas Secretary of State: Search Incorporations
- California Secretary of State: Business Search
- Colorado Secretary of State Business Center
- Connecticut on-line Network Commercial Recording Database (CONCORD)
- Delaware Department of State, Division of Corporations
- Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations: Document Searches
- Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Database
- Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Business Name Search and COGS
- Idaho Secretary of State Business Entity Search
- Illinois Secretary of State Corporate/LLC Search
- Indiana Secretary of State Business Services Division
- Iowa Secretary of State: Corporation Search
- Kansas Online Corporation Search
- Kentucky Secretary of State: Online Business Data Base
- Louisiana Secretary of State Corporations Database
- Maine Secretary of State: Corporate Name Search
- Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation: Business Data Search
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Corporations Division
- Michigan Corporation Division Business Entity Search
- Minnesota Secretary of State Online Services for Corporate and UCC Records
- Mississippi Secretary of State Business Services: Corporation Search
- Missouri Secretary of State Business Entity Database
- Montana Secretary of State Business Entity Search
- Nebraska Secretary of State Corporation and Business Entity Searches
- Nevada Secretary of State Business center
- New Hampshire Business Name Lookup
- New Jersey State Business Gateway Service
- New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Corporations Information Inquiry
- New York Department of State Corporation and Business Entity Database
- North Carolina Secretary of State Corporations Division
- North Dakota Secretary of State Business Record Search
- Ohio Secretary of State Business Services Division
- Oklahoma Secretary of State Business Records Department
- Oregon Secretary of State Business Name Search
- Pennsylvania Department of State - Corporation Bureau
- Rhode Island Corporations Infolink
- South Carolina Secretary of State - Search Business Filings
- South Dakota Secretary of State Corporations Division
- Tennessee Secretary of State, Business Information Search
- Texas Secretary of State Direct Access
- Utah Department of Commerce Business Entity Search
- Vermont Secretary Of State: Database Search
- Virginia State Corporation Commission
- Washington Secretary of State, Corporations Division, Registration Data Search
- West Virginia Secretary of State Business Organization Information System
- Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Corporate Registration Information System
- Wyoming Secretary of State, Business Division
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Corporation: A business corporation is a for-profit, limited liability entity that has a separate legal personality from its members. A corporation is owned by multiple shareholders and is overseen by a board of directors, which hires the business's managerial staff.
Historically, corporations were created by special charter of governments. Today, corporations are usually registered with the state, province, or national government and become regulated by the laws enacted by that government. Registration is the main prerequisite to the corporation's assumption of limited liability. As part of this registration, it must in many cases be required to designate the principal address of the corporation as well as a registered agent (a person or company that is designated to receive legal service of process). As part of the registration, it may also be required to designate an agent or other legal representative of the corporation depending on the filing jurisdiction.
Generally, a corporation files articles of incorporation with the government, laying out the general nature of the corporation, the amount of stock it is authorized to issue, and the names and addresses of directors. Once the articles are approved, the corporation's directors meet to create bylaws that govern the internal functions of the corporation, such as meeting procedures and officer positions.
The law of the jurisdiction in which a corporation operates will regulate most of its internal activities, as well as its finances. If a corporation operates outside its home state, it is often required to register with other governments as a foreign corporation, and is almost always subject to laws of its host state pertaining to employment, crimes, contracts, civil actions, and the like.