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Googled my business name, Im not the only one in the U.S. , Is it a problem??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Plowtoy, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Just wondering if anyone has had any problems with this. I work DBA (doing business as) and have for several years with no problem. Just wondering if this could be a problem, even though the other one is in Alaska. Thanks for any feedback, Dave.
  2. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    I had a collection company call me years ago wanting payment for a van my company bought and never paid for but it was another company about 300 miles away I answered some questions and told them where I was and never heard from them again I don't think you will have a problem unless they have all of your information.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Is it the exact name? They could have LLc or inc after it and then you not the same.
  4. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Not a big deal. Especially if its a DBA. When you Google "Joe's Roofing" and you'll find one in every state practically.
  5. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I agree. I am Sullivan septic and I know of at least one other Sullivan septic out of Colorado. No big deal as long as it's another state. Even then, you are a DBA. I would assume they are a corporation. There is a difference
  6. s. donato

    s. donato Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Who had it first? That what tm lawyers usually ask. As long as you can get the .com of it i wouldnt worry :)
  7. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I patented my name, and my slogan to avoid any issues, although I don't think there would be any issues anyhow.
  8. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

    You patent a product. You trademark a name or slogan.

    Plowtoy- like others have stated, I would definitely not worry about having another company with the same name in another state. If you want to expand to Alaska, then you could have an issue.
  9. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    :sleeping: LOL oh ya, oops. I trademarked it Thumbs Up
  10. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I know of After Hours towing in pullman..
    When I decided on a business name I didn't want a name shared among others .
  11. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    Thanks for all the feed back guys!! It definitely puts my mind at ease. I'm not sure if i will look into trademarking my name since it seems like its no big deal, and I'm not sure how much longer I will be in the snow plowing business (due to new full time job opportunities). Turfcommando, I see the After Hours Towing truck around the Allegan area all the time too, but have never had any issues with them. I think I have been in business a lot longer than them though. Thanks again EVERYONE!!! Dave
  12. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Different state shouldn't matter. Local to you is a different matter, aside from the obvious w/ Inc, etc. In 1990, I Incorporated my business name & chose it after researching every phone directory in the state (no internet yet). Several years later, 4-5 others popped up w/ a very similar name as mine which were basically lawn service type DBA's. It was irritating, but not much I could do about it. My biggest problem was that I was getting some of their calls & they were getting some of mine...I only design & build, they basically just mow lawns & general yard maint. You can see why this would be problematic for me.
    It didn't end there...I started getting invoices from suppliers that weren't mine, some were from places I didn't do business w/ or hadn't for several years. One company especially was a problem, his business name was very close to mine & we were both in the same zip code. He was deliberately charging on my suppliers accounts, and getting away w/ it. It finally bit him in the ass a few years ago when there was a salt shortage. I had to buy salt from one of my top soil suppliers, whom I hadn't bought from for about 8 months or so. It was an ice storm around 5:00 am when the accountant came running into the office saying "don't sell him anything" (while she was shaking a hand full of unpaid charges from that previous summer)...spent about 20 minutes arguing about how they were the other shmuck's...needless to say they apologized & he was black listed...No salt for you J.O.!!:cry: