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Register your Foreign LLC or Corporation to evade state penalties

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Foreign LLC or Corporation Registration

Did you incorporate or form a company in one State but are doing business in another? Depending on the activities of your LLC or Corporation, a state may require you to file for a foreign entity registration, also known as a certificate of authority or foreign qualification. It enables you to transact business legitimately outside your state of original incorporation or company formation. If you don’t register, authorities may impose fines, penalties, prevent you from filing lawsuits, and discontinue your ability to do business in that state legally.

Call (800) 603-3900 to register your entity by phone.

LLC’s and Corporations that need to apply for a foreign qualification

How do you know if your LLC or corporation needs to apply for a foreign entity qualification? Let’s take a look at some of the most common scenarios:

  • Having employees in the state.
  • Long-term business transactions.
  • Owning or leasing a warehouse, store, or office.
  • Possessing income-producing real estate or personal properties.

Why you should register your foreign company

If you formed your entity in another state, your entity is domestic to that state, and a foreign entity in every other state. An unregistered entity doing business in a state other than the original state of formation may be subject to fines, penalties, and lack of legal recourse. The foreign state might even prevent you from continuing to do business. Registering your foreign entity is similar to forming a new one, and is subject to separate state filings, fees, and taxes.

Why a foreign state wants you to register your entity

There are good reasons why it is important to the foreign state to register your entity:

  • Regulatory requirements.
  • Collection of State Taxes.
  • Annual or biennial filing fees to maintain registration.
  • Allows the public to have basic information on your entity.

Steps for a Foreign Entity Registration

A foreign entity registration includes the following steps:

  1. Collect basic information and fill online form.
  2. Our attorneys will counsel you on all the legal, business, and tax implications.
  3. We’ll put together a Company Kit with all the necessary documents.
  4. Our Firm Prepares and Files the foreign entity registration based on your needs.
  5. Final Approval by State authorities.

Please note that your foreign state might require you to obtain business licenses even if you possess them in your entity’s domestic state. Your LLC or corporation must also be in good standing with your domestic state in order to apply for a Certificate of Authority and register your entity in the foreign state. If you have any questions about the process, call (800) 603-3900 to speak with us immediately.

Maintaining a Foreign LLC or Corporation Registration

The maintenance of a foreign entity registration is similar to a domestic LLC or corporation formation. It includes the maintenance of annual or biennial filings, reports, taxes, business licenses, registered agents, and good standing—in both your domestic and foreign states.

Foreign Entity Registration with Business Formation Lawyers

States require companies to register as a foreign entity to ensure they meet tax and regulatory requirements. If you are unsure whether your corporation’s activities call the need for a foreign registration, call our main office at (800) 603-3900 to speak to someone who can help you immediately. A foreign entity registration and obtaining the Certificate of Authority is a legal and business formation process; avoid the potential pitfalls of doing it with a non-lawyer formation service or agency.

Spiegel & Utrera, P.A. equips you with a combined 175+ years of legal and business formation experience, knowledge, and affordable, honest service. Our attorneys know what they’re doing and will go above and beyond to make sure that your business is protected and brandishing every potential advantage possible.

Get your Foreign LLC or Corporation Registration and Certificate of Authority

Here’s what you get with us:

Each Corporation or Limited Liability Company is COMPLETE and

  • INCLUDES State Filing Fee, “YES! Includes State Filing Fee”,
  • INCLUDES Corporate or Company Seal and Book,
  • INCLUDES Certificate or Articles of Incorporation or Organization,
  • INCLUDES Company or Corporate Minutes,
  • INCLUDES Corporate By-Laws or LLC Regulations,
  • INCLUDES Corporate or LLC Ownership Register,
  • INCLUDES Banking Resolution,
  • INCLUDES Membership or Stock Certificate,
  • INCLUDES Preliminary Name Search,
  • INCLUDES 110% Lowest Price Guarantee,

Yes, even INCLUDES Attorney’s Fee (No Hidden Attorney Fees).


MBE Certification and Special Funding for Minority-owned Businesses

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Minority-owned Businesses with MBE Certifications get Special Funding and Benefits

Government programs are available for minority-owned businesses with an MBE certification. Obtain an MBE certification and benefit from business loans, investment capital, disaster assistance, surety bonds, special grants, commercial and federal contracts, business networks, and client databases by obtaining one of the following:

  • MBE (Minority-owned Business Enterprise)
  • MWBE (Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise)
  • DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)
  • NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council)

Over 4.7 million small businesses are owned and operated by women, minorities, and veterans—and are to thank for creating 4.7 million jobs within the last 10 years. Unfortunately, such small businesses face a layer of vulnerability obscure to their majority counterparts. Minority-owned businesses are much less likely to get contracts, loans, and on average, get half of what they otherwise would from lenders and investors. To stimulate the economy and help disadvantaged small businesses compete, the government is offering special programs to those that get certified. The programs are not designed to be charity, nor do they give minority-owned businesses special treatment; it is an attempt to level out the playing field by increasing visibility and the number of potential opportunities.

How to get Minority-owned Business Certification?

To get a minority-owned business certification, you and your company or corporation must meet specific criteria and qualifications. First, your business must be at least 51% owned, managed, and operated by minority group members of U.S. citizenry and have good moral character. The company, corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or franchise must be for-profit and located in the U.S. or its trust territories.

How to register as a minority-owned business?

To register as a minority-owned business and obtain an MBE certification, you can start the process today by filling our online form or by calling (800) 603-3900. Applying for an MBE certification is a legal process; our in-house lawyers can help you meet the certification criteria and qualify for the special funding and benefits it provides. Please note that a minority-owned business MBE certification includes legal documents such as the articles of incorporation or certificate of organization, stock certificates, company minutes, operating agreements, and corporate bylaws, among other records. Our law firm helps minority-owned businesses incorporate, litigate, and satisfy government guidelines, giving you a fair chance to grow into a profitable and sustainable entity. Utilize our arsenal of legal and business abilities to your full advantage. Call us for a free consultation now!

Company records book and seal are important in obtaining your MBE certification. If you’ve lost your corporate kit, we can help you replace it when processing your application.

MBE Certification Benefits

The MBE certification benefits minority-owned entities by enabling access to many business opportunities and connections, such as:

  • Prospective Buyers
  • Government Agencies
  • Procurement Professionals
  • Capital Funders
  • Supplier Databases
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Federal Contracts
  • Technical Assistance
  • Leadership Tools
  • Technology Programs
  • Educational Programs
  • Affordable Consulting
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Exposure to other MBE’s
  • Partnership Opportunities
  • Business Opportunity Exchange
  • Annual Golf Tournament
  • Business Alliance Forum
  • MBE Annual Business Meeting

MBE Tax Benefits

As an MBE-certified minority-owned business, you don’t receive any special federal tax breaks or incentives. However, you can receive tax benefits for working with other MBE’s and those that operate in low-income areas. You can also get tax relief from establishing your business in specific zones or locations. Also, entities of certain types may be eligible for tax credits and programs to promote economic development in disadvantaged markets and industries.

Minority-owned Business MBE Certification Checklist

The MBE certification checklist below will give you a general guideline on the process of this effort:

  • ☑ Review Criteria for Certification.
  • ☑ Gather Personal and Business Documentation.
  • ☑ Complete the Online Form.
  • ☑ Application Review for Accuracy.
  • Legal Advice from Our Lawyers.
  • ☑ Application Review by Authorities.
  • ☑ Final approval.
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Minority Loan Programs

You can find several potential loan options for minority-owned businesses that obtain the MBE certification, including:

  • SBA (7) Loans – Up to $5M
  • SBA Community Advantage Loans – Up to $250,000
  • SBA Microloan Program – Up to $50,000
  • Union Bank Business Diversity Lending Program – Up to $2.5M
  • Business Center for New Americans – $500 to $50,000
  • Business Consortium Fund Loan – $500 to $50,000

How to apply for a minority business grant?

There are grant opportunities for minority-owned small businesses that you can find online after obtaining your MBE certification, among those are:

  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
  • USDA Rural Business & Waste Disposal Grants
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
  • Asian Women Giving Circle Grants

MBE Certification Requirements

The requirements for an MBE certification include:

Meeting the Certification Criteria

  • United States Citizen.
  • Minority-owned businesses must be at least 51% owned and operated by minorities.
  • Must be a for-profit entity.
  • Must be located in the United States or its Trust Territories.

Requirements for All Businesses

  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Two Years of Federal Tax Returns
  • Current Financial Statements
  • Applicable Business Licenses
  • Business Lease Agreements
  • Proof of EIN

Requirements for Corporations

Requirements for LLC’s

The development of your minority-owned business or agency

At Spiegel & Utrera, P.A., we have been committed for decades to providing minority-owned businesses affordable business formation with complete records book and seal, experienced legal and business counsel, and written agreements. We’re open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Feel free to give us a call at (800) 603-3900 with any business or legal questions; we’re happy to help your MBE-certified business get to the next level.


Corporate Kits and LLC Kits | $29.95 | Includes Free Legal Advice

Corporate Kits and LLC Kits | $29.95 | Includes Free Legal Advice published on

Corporate Kit

What is a Corporate Kit? A Corporate Kit is a compilation of a business’ most important records. Corporate Kits typically come as binders, making it easy for a business to stay organized by storing all essential company records in one place. Local, state, and federal authorities, among attorneys and accountants, may need to see your Corporate Kit in the event of any proceedings or transactions. Corporate Kits aren’t expensive and can serve the purpose of helping you avoid fines, penalties, legal action against you, and losses such as that of your business license.

‣ Order by Phone at (800) 603-3900 from 8:30am – 5:30pm EST.
Bonus! Purchasing a fully customized Corporate Kit from us for $29.95 rewards you a Free 30-DAY Trial to our General Counsel Club – That’s 30 days of Unlimited Legal Advice.
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What’s inside a Corporate Kit?

The contents of the Corporate Kit are documents that meet the legal requirements for your business. Corporate kits also comprise records that are critical when dealing with matters like court proceedings, raising capital, contracts, taxes, and accounting, transferring ownership, as well as the rules and policies of your business. The corporate kit includes:

Articles of Incorporation

The articles of incorporation in are a legal document in the Corporate Kit that solidifies the existence of a business entity within a state. Along with corporate bylaws, the articles of incorporation outline the jurisdiction of a corporation, as granted by the state government. The Articles of Incorporation typically include the name of your corporation, its purpose, the type of business it is, the address for the physical location and the address for where the mail will go (registered agent), the number of shares or members, and the bylaws of the business.

Corporate Seal and Book

The Corporate Seal is the signature of your business as a separate legal entity. The seal in a Corporate Kit is used to produce an imprint on official paperwork like legal documents and contracts; leases and agreements, employment and vendor contracts, loan documents, minutes, operating agreements, and other company records. The Corporate Seal may also be used to authorize and legitimize stock or membership certificates. Having one makes your business stand out as more professional to any possible investors.

Company Minutes

Corporate Minutes is the term used for the notes that a secretary records in and of the meetings held by the board of directors, owners, members, officers, or shareholders. A secretary or assigned person will write a record of every decision, outcome, or resolution discussed in that meeting as “minutes” and collect them in the Corporate Kit. The corporate minutes may be required in significant business matters such as IRS audits, raising capital or borrowing money, by an accountant to prepare taxes, or by an attorney in court proceedings—among many other matters.

Corporate Bylaws

Corporate Bylaws in a Corporate Kit dictate the set rules of a corporation. Every business requires rules and guidelines in which to operate, regardless of type; LLC, Corporations, Non-profits, Partnerships. Business entities have coinciding titles for Bylaws; Partnerships have what is called a partnership agreement, LLC’s write an operating agreement, but the constituents are similar to that of corporate Bylaws. Bylaws are a complicated legal document and not something you should try to do yourself if you aren’t well-versed in its many legal complexities and implications.

Membership or Stock Certificate

A stock certificate is a legal document declaring that you own shares of stock within a corporation. A stock certificate certifies that you are the registered owner of a certain number of shares or a percentage of the company, transferable only by you, and organized under the laws of the state. Corporate Kit stock certificates are usually created with complex art designs to keep them from counterfeit reproduction. It includes your name, business name, identification number, the number of shares or percentage of ownership, the corporate seal, and signatures from authorities such as the president or treasurer.

Preliminary Name Search – LLC or Corporation

The name of a business must abide by all state requirements and be uniquely distinguishable from other business names. If you use a name that is too similar to a name used by your competition, that business may accuse you of a trademark violation; you might be forced to choose a different name and may even have to pay monetary damages. Part of our complete Corporate Kit includes, at no additional cost, our attorneys performing a preliminary name search and helping you find and choose a name that avoids any possible legal penalties.

Corporate Kits for LLC’s, Corporations, and Non-Profits

There are different Corporate Kits to choose from for each type of business entity, such as LLC’s, Corporations, and Non-Profit Corporations.

For-Profit Corporation Records Book & Seal Kit includes:

  • Completed Corporate Records Book and Seal
  • Slip Case Cover
  • Corporate Organizational Minutes and Resolutions
  • Corporate By-Laws
  • Corporate Ownership Register
  • Banking Resolution
  • Stock Certificates

Limited Liability Company Records Book & Seal Kit includes:

  • Completed Company Records Book and Seal
  • Slip Case Cover
  • Company Organizational Resolutions and Minutes
  • Company Regulations
  • Company Ownership Register
  • Company Banking Resolution
  • Company Membership Certificate

Non-Profit Corporation Records Book & Seal Kit includes:

  • Completed Corporate Records Book and Seal
  • Slip Case Cover
  • Corporate Organizational Minutes and Resolutions
  • Corporate By Laws
  • Stock Certificate

The Importance of a Corporate Kit

The Kit holds great importance for a variety of business and legal matters, including:


Since many licensing authorities require company documents over time, the Corporate Kit is essential to substantiate the information.

IRS Audits

The Corporate Kit is the most complete business record-keeping tool one can have. Should an audit occur, its contents will likely be required. There are situations where the IRS and state taxing authorities may want to review your Corporate Kit.

Borrowing Money

Banks and creditors perform strict due diligence to qualify a business before lending money. They may ask to review components of your Corporate Kit to satisfy their requirements.


Many investors might want to view documents within your Corporate Kit before they invest in your company. If you cannot provide this, they may be less willing. Having a professional and organized corporate kit with book and seal, stock certificates, minutes, and other material will give investors the transparency they want to make them feel good about the deal.

Need help starting a LLC or Corporation?

  • Forming a company with an experienced law firm rather than a non-lawyer agency or by yourself can help you avoid negative business, tax, and legal implications and penalties within your jurisdiction.
  • We’ll make sure you incorporate with the best tax rates and corporate structure for your particular venture, using our 175 years of cumulative experience with over 260,000 clients.
  • Forming a Corporation with us provides you with free legal advice and a complete corporate kit with a 110% lowest price guarantee. If you were to do it yourself or through a non-lawyer agency, you won’t receive the important legal advice you need and the complete corporate kit that S Corporations should have to ensure a safe and successful start.

Have any legal or business questions or concerns? We have an answer at (800) 603-3900
Spiegel & Utrera, P.A.

Each Corporation or Limited Liability Company is COMPLETE

INCLUDES “Includes State Filing Fee”
INCLUDES Seal and Book
INCLUDES Formation Articles/Certificate
INCLUDES Company or Corporate Minutes
INCLUDES Corporate or LLC Regulations
INCLUDES Ownership Register
INCLUDES Banking Resolution
INCLUDES Membership or Stock Certificate
INCLUDES Preliminary Name Search
INCLUDES 110% Lowest Price Guarantee!

Yes, even INCLUDES Attorney’s Fee (No Hidden Attorney Fees).

What’s the secret to such great prices?

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