The first step in starting a business, apparently, is registering a fictitious name with the county clerk. The spouse and I went over to the clerk today and registered the names of our companies. They are Royal Tea Party Planners, and Epicuriosities Catering.
We also had to arrange for the names to be published in a local paper, for them to be legal. Is this the only way newspapers will stay alive, because of antiquated laws that only consider newspapers as publication?
Feels good to make that first step. It is a somewhat dark and intimidating road, though. Next is establishing a business account, so we can apply for state and city business licenses.