Do I have to register my business name?
Yes. Your business name must be registered with the office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina and it must be distinguishable from other existing business names. Once registered, the name is reserved for your exclusive use until the end of the year in which it became effective. After getting the name registered, an entity may renew it yearly. After your business name becomes effective, the entity becomes authorized to transact business or conduct affairs within the state of North Carolina.