North Dakota Business Facts
North Dakota outranks a number of states in America in various aspects. North Dakota has the lowest rate of unemployment among all 50 states. Its GDP growth in 2009 ranked third. Moreover, the state has a low crime rate and the lowest rate of credit card default.
Major Companies Headquartered in North Dakota
North Dakota is the headquarters of many major companies including Scheels, TMI Hospitality, Altru Health System, Stallion, and University of North Dakota.
North Dakota ranked first among all states in terms of the best place to start a business. The different categories included in the survey were as follows – business cost, business environment, and accessibility to various resources. In addition, North Dakota has a supportive community for new entrepreneurs.
There are 3 basic options: a Corporation, LLC or DBA. Click here to learn more about business entities.
Choosing a business name is easier said than done – many legal and business problems can arise from picking the wrong name (you can always change it later but the less times you have to do that the better). In Step 3 we’ll show you how to search for the name in North Dakota, but we highly recommend you do the following before searching North Dakota state databases:
NOTE: Familiarize yourself with the North Dakota naming guidelines. LLC entity names need to contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation LLC, and certain words are restricted or prohibited.
Restrictions on North Dakota Business Name & Business Purpose
Each state has its own requirements for registering a business. Now that you’ve chosen a business structure and selected your business name, here are the requirements to register your business in North Dakota.
How to form an LLC in North Dakota
How to Incorporate in North Dakota
NOTE: When registering a new company the Secretary of State can take several weeks to file the paperwork. You can expedite the process by hand delivering the documents directly to them or one of their field offices and paying an additional fee.
TIP: Check our order form to see how long North Dakota is currently taking to process regular and expedited orders.
How to File a DBA in North Dakota
Optional Considerations when registering a North Dakota business
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Step 5: Open Company Accounts: Bank and Credit Cards
To keep business and personal expenses separate, you should open a separate account for your business. In addition, getting business credit cards is how you begin to build a company credit profile (corporation or LLC required) and can later qualify for larger loans and lines of credit. To open the account simply call your chosen bank and inquire on the steps to open a business bank account. Typically you’ll need a) your filed paperwork, b) your EIN and c) a company resolution authorizing your company to open the account (signed by the owners, members, officers or directors, etc.).
Top 5 Major Banks in North Dakota
TIP: Our business formation service includes a free banking resolution for your use.
Now that you’ve registered your business name you need to obtain a business license for your company – this authorizes your company to do business in your city or county. Typically this also involves registering for state taxes and permits (the city may require them as part of the business licensing process).
TIP: We work with a company that can obtain and prepare business licenses and permits for you. Click here to learn more.
DBA: Your Fictitious Business Name should be valid for 5 years, with option for renewal.
LLC: North Dakota corporations are required to file a Periodic Report with the North Dakota Secretary of State by November 15 each year, in addition to general taxation. Information on your business’ taxes can be found here. The filing fee is $50.
Corporation: Business in North Dakota should file an annual report by August 1 to the Division of Corporate and Consumer Services. The annual report fee is $25.
Business Services (for Corporation and LLC filings)
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
North Dakota Taxation Departments
North Dakota Labor and Employment Departments
North Dakota Startup Resources
2. SCORE North Dakota
3. North Dakota Legal Statutes
6. Angel.co North Dakota Startups
7. North Dakota Business News
9. North Dakota Small Business Development Center
10. ELPC (Environmental Law & Policy Center)
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