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With our 5-step process, forming a company in Maine 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 Maine.

It is simple to establish a corporation in Maine.

In Maine, you may form a company by submitting the Certificate of Incorporation, drafting corporate bylaws, and naming your first director (s).

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

Step 1: Name Your Maine Corporation

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: Name Your Maine Corporation

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

1. Maine naming conventions:

Your name must be distinct from any other businesses in your state. Maine reserved names are included.

Your name cannot indicate that the company was formed for an illegal or unauthorised purpose, as stated in its articles of formation.

Obscene language is not permitted in your name.

Your name cannot be used to encourage abusive or illegal behaviour.

Your name cannot fraudulently imply a connection with governmental entities.

To incorporate any of the following terms in your name, you must first get permission from the Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions:

Savings, savings bank, bank, banker, banking, trust, trust business, trust and banking firm, and credit union are all examples of financial institutions (or any plurals or variations).

2. Is my business name accessible in Maine?

Your Maine company name must be distinct and recognisable from other Maine business names. To see whether your chosen company name is available, use the Maine Secretary of State’s Corporate Name Search.

3. Is the URL accessible?

Before forming your Maine 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 Maine.

When you incorporate your company with the Secretary of State, you must choose a Maine clerk, 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 company or individual may act as your Maine clerk as long as the individual:

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 Maine 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.

The Articles of Incorporation form in Maine enables you to specify whether the company will issue more than one approved share class. If your company wishes to issue more than one approved share class, an exhibit must be included to the Articles of Incorporation.

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 your Maine Articles of Incorporation.

To form a company in Maine, you must submit the Maine Articles of Incorporation. The Articles of Incorporation are the legal documents that establish your Maine company. You may file with the Maine Secretary of State via mail. The fee for filing is $145.

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

Corporate name, location, and mission statement

Name and street address of the corporate clerk

The number of authorised shares that a company may issue.

The total number of directors

Name(s), address(es), and signature of the incorporator(s) (s)

Step 5 Get an EIN for Your Maine 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.