I hope I can explain this they way I need to, and I hope this has not been covered previously but here goes. My current company, club5150.com is only one business entity that my partner and I have. We are attempting to open a new type of service in the `pre-paid services` type of field. We are about to launch this business in the Sacramento CA area, but still have a few questions.
First, is there anyway to copywrite or patent or whatever our type of service? It is not a physical product or image, but more of a service concept. Is there anyway to keep other people from deciding to duplicate what we want to do in other areas before we can launch in those areas (such as New York or basically anywhere outside of Sacramento for now). This is difficult to explain, as I am very reluctant to give too much information regarding this concept until I know for certain if we can protect it or if it is just something we may have competition for in the future.
Second question- what is the best way to structure our business? We are looking into another company, one that will present all our ‘inventions’, which will make 3 completely separate companies. Is it better to form one corporation (Enterprise) and place the three companies under that umbrella or keep each company totally separate from each other? We are basically looking for the safest route while spending the least on corporate taxes and all those other fees.
Again, I may not have explained myself correctly but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions but require additional information, I would be more than happy to give all that I know. We were working with a business consultant but he was a flake and one day he disappeared with all our documents and business papers, along with fees that were pre-paid for services not rendered.
www.club5150.com (Currently offline - see profile for details)
www.twinfishcreations.com (Coming soon!)
www.(not ready to disclose).com (Coming soon!)