Step 4: Check for availability and reserve name
Not only is it Minnesota law, but it is crucial to your new organization's identity to obtain a unique name under which to operate. Any potential name for a new business or nonprofit can be checked through the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office
. Organizations can also reserve a unique name through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. Once a name is reserved, no other organization may use that name.
Important Update Regarding Early Name Reservation:
If you reserve your new organization name early through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website (as described above), you will NOT be able to complete the submission of your Articles of Incorporation online on the same site on a later date. Rather, you will need to subsequently either file your articles in-person or via mail with the Minnesota Secretary of State OR inactivate your original name reservation (forfeiting your original $55 fee) and file your articles anew (thus, reserving the name as part of your articles filing).