Establisihing my Business Name
by James Dixon
I am a certified personal trainer who works for a health club. I am considering running my own training business on the side. My questions are do I have to trademark the name I want or can I just copyright it?
Also, once I get my name established, should I get an EIN number, since I will be taking money from clients?
Trademarking a Business Name
by Eric Tatum
(Dallas,Tx United States)
My name is Eric Tatum and I am a certified trainer, I am working on creating a business name and a logo for my business or just using my name itself. What steps do i need to take to find out what names and logos are being used so that i can avoid unnecessary legal issues?
I am in the planning stages of starting my youth fitness business. (1) My business name is Bizzy Bodies Youth Fitness, a comprehensive program targeting 18 months to 12th grade. There is a well known fitness equipment business name Busy Body Fitness Equipment. Will there be a problem in the long run because of the similarities in the name. Also, if I wanted to trademark my name or since I've created a logo and beginning stages of my web site should I change my name? (2) If I purchase liability insurance would I also need a waiver?
Thank you in advance,
Infringement on My Business Name and Websites
(Virginia Beach, VA)
I need some advice on infringement. I started my personal trainer who started a group workout program 8 years ago called BootCamp for Women-BodyByKen. When I moved here from Wash DC 8 years ago to take care and started my bootcamp for women program with only 5 students. Now I have over 60 students per month at $150 per month in addition training clients all day at a rate of $50 per hour.
I did not get trademarked but I do have a business license in City Hall and pay taxes on my business. In fact, my program became so popular that I have been featured on every major news channel and newspaper here in the 7 city area they call Hampton Roads. I also make public speaking appearences at schools and seminars. Due to my success and numerous success stories the name BCFW-BBK has become very popular and well known in this area. So I have a very strong brand and presence in the community.
Last year this same time a lady joined my class, lost 22lbs, and my program changed her life. Then, a year later as of last week, Im getting emails saying that i was starting a new business in Hampton.I have locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach VA. I informed the person that i wasnt and come to find out this lady has copied my website almost verbatim and used the content to make reference to her own. She just launced last week and is trying to get off to a grand start off because the general public has become to know "BootCamp for Women" as a BodyByKen program.
She also named her business "Ultimate Fitness Bootcamp for Wome" and used the same stencil font I use for my business name. My program is Bootcamp for Women BodyByKen, The Ultimate Workout Experience! She even used my forms and just put her names on them. What recourse if any do have against to protect me agains these kinds of vultures? Ive already sent her a letter asking her to please change it to something that is not soo close to mines. Thanks!
Ken Williams aka BBK
by Kat spangler
My sister trademarked her business name for $1500 but I found a website that says they can do it for only $500. How do I find the cheapest way of trademarking my business while also knowing that it is 100% legitimate?