With our 5-step process, forming a company in Kansas is simple. A company may be formed by submitting formation paperwork with your state and forming a board of directors.

We’ll teach you how to form your own company in Kansas.

In Kansas, it is simple to form a corporation.

To get started, follow the steps in our How to Start a Corporation in Kansas tutorial below:

Step 1: Give Your Kansas Corporation a Name

Step 2: Select a Registered Agent.

Hold an Organizational Meeting in Step 3

Step 4: Submit your Articles of Incorporation.

Step 5: Obtain an EIN

Step 1: Give Your Kansas Corporation a Name

The first step in forming a company is to choose a business name. You must choose a distinct name that conforms with Kansas company naming regulations.

1. Kansas naming conventions:

Unless you are a bank, savings and loan association, savings bank, or public benefit company, your corporation’s name must include one of the following words or abbreviations:

incorporated, institution, society, union, university, syndicate, limited, co., corp., inc., or ltd (or words and abbreviations in another language with the same meaning).

Your name must be distinct from any other businesses in your state.

Your company’s name cannot include terms that may be confused with a government organisation (FBI, Treasury, State Department, etc.).

If your firm is a public benefit corporation, it must have one of the following names: public benefit corporations, P.B.C., or PBC.

For further information, see the Kansas state legislation on corporate name rules.

2. Is my business name accessible in Kansas?

Your Kansas company name must be distinct and distinct from existing Kansas business names. To see if your desired business name is available, use the Kansas Business Center Search Portal.

Visit our How to Name a Business guide and select Kansas from the drop-down menu for more information on Kansas corporation name searches.

3. Is the URL accessible?

Before forming your Kansas company, check to see whether an appropriate URL for your preferred business name is accessible. Even if you don’t intend to create a company website right immediately, we recommend purchasing a web domain right away to avoid other companies from obtaining it.

Step 2: Select a Registered Agent in Kansas.

When you incorporate your company with the Secretary of State, you must choose a Kansas resident agent, also known as a registered agent.

What exactly is a Registered Agent? A registered agent is a person or organisation chosen by an LLC or corporation to accept service of process, government communications, and compliance paperwork on behalf of a company.

Who Is Eligible to Be a Registered Agent? An person, a corporate organisation, or a professional registered agent service may serve as your registered agent. Any organisation or individual may act as your Kansas resident agent as long as the person:

is at least 18 years old

has a physical address in the state where business is done

is accessible during regular business hours (in person).

Step 3 Hold an Organizational Meeting

Before filing the Articles of Incorporation formally in Step 4, you must conduct an organisational meeting to perform the following tasks:

Complete and sign the Articles of Incorporation.

Establish and approve bylaws

Choose your first director (s)

Determine your ownership structure.

Fill out an Incorporator’s Statement.

Establish and Approve Corporate Bylaws

Bylaws are the rules that regulate and control how your organisation is governed and operated. Consider the bylaws to be your corporation’s constitution. It clarifies the norms and priorities for all parties involved.

The bylaws of a company will augment any regulations established by the federal government or the state.

Include the following in your bylaws:

The governance of the company, including the roles of directors and officials

Meeting processes, voting procedures, and the election of executives or directors

How will records be preserved and managed?

How will disagreements be resolved?

How will bylaws be added/modified in the future?

The annual shareholder meeting date

Contract Negotiation Techniques

Fiduciary responsibilities to the company (i.e. acting in the best interests of the corporation)

What is a quorum for voting purposes?

What exactly is a quorum? A quorum is the minimal number of members who must be present at a meeting in order for the meeting’s actions, including any votes, to be legitimate.

Appoint the First Directors

At least one director must be appointed to manage your Kansas company until the first shareholder meeting.

A corporate director is in charge of operational bylaw adoption, modification, and repeal, as well as the election, monitoring, and removal of officers.

Following the incorporation of the company, the incorporator(s) — or initial director(s), if listed on the formation papers — shall convene an organisational meeting. During this inaugural meeting, either the incorporator(s) or the initial director(s) will elect the board of directors.

Selecting a Share Structure and Strategy

A share of stock is a corporation’s unit of ownership. Each share of stock reflects a proportion of the company’s ownership. If a business issues one share of stock, the shareholder (stock owner) owns 100% of the corporation.

Shares may be divided into classes. Each class, known as a share class, has unique rights and advantages. There may be several classes, and each class can have an unlimited number of shares.

In Kansas, you may designate whether the company will issue more than one authorised share class or series on the Articles of Incorporation form.

NOTE: We suggest that you begin with a large number of authorised shares. Many lawyers advocate for a million dollars. Starting with a large number allows you to issue shares as required without incurring legal expenses to enhance your original permitted share size.

Make and implement an Incorporator’s Statement

The incorporator(s) shall sign and preserve an Incorporator’s Statement with the full names and addresses of all initial directors in the corporate records book.

This document identifies the first director(s) who will serve until the board of directors is chosen at the first shareholder meeting. It should be kept with the rest of your company’s records.

Step 4: Submit the Articles of Incorporation to the State of Kansas.

To form a company in Kansas, you must submit the Kansas Articles of Incorporation. The Articles of Incorporation are the legal documents that establish your Kansas company. You may file with the Kansas Secretary of State online, via mail, or in person. The filing fee for online submissions is $85 and $90 for hardcopy submissions.

This paper will address the fundamentals of your company, such as:

Corporate name, location, and mission statement

Name and street address of the corporate registered agent

Last month for filing taxes

The number of authorised shares that a company may issue.

Name(s) and address of the director(s) (es)

Name(s) and address of incorporator(s) (es)

The corporation’s term and effective date

Step 5: Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) for Your Kansas Corporation

What exactly is an EIN? The federal government uses an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Federal Tax Identification Number (FTIN) to identify a company organisation. It is effectively the company’s social security number.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN is necessary for the following activities:

To establish a commercial bank account for the firm

In terms of federal and state taxation

To recruit workers for the firm

How can I get an EIN? After founding the firm, the business owner obtains an EIN from the IRS (free of charge). This may be done online or in the mail.