Bay County Clerk

Cynthia A. Luczak

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284
luczakc@baycounty.net

Assumed Names/Co-Partnerships

Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business

Sole proprietorships and co-partnerships file certificates of assumed name and certificates of co-partnership with the county clerk in the counties in which they transact business if the business operates under a name other than the individual’s name.

A business name is subject to approval of the County Clerk. The proposed name may not be available if the name is the same or similar with a name on file in the county. Business names must be distinguishable by name or by service. 

 Certificate of Person(s) Conducting Business Under Assumed Name 

Filing fee is $10.00 (cash, checks, money orders only, no credit card)
Filing is valid for 5 years from date of acceptance by County Clerk

For your convenience (if filing by mail), you may download (three copies required) and complete the Certificate of Person(s) Conducting Business Under Assumed Name form. Please print on legal sized paper.

If filing by mail, please print clearly in ink and complete the following on the form:

-Print name of business.
-Print complete address of business (Post office boxes are not acceptable).
-Print full name and address of person(s) owning, conducting or transacting business.
-Signature(s) must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

All three copies are to be delivered to the Bay County Clerk's office. At that time, the document will be reviewed and the proposed business name will be researched for availability. If the proposed business name is available, the payment will be processed and the Certificate of Person(s) Conducting Business Under Assumed Name will be accepted for issuance. If you apply by mail, please include a self addressed stamped envelope so we may return your copies and receipt of payment.

Certificate of Co-Partnership

Filing fee is $10.00 (cash, checks or money orders only, credit cards are not accepted)
Filing is valid for 5 years from date of acceptance by County Clerk

If filing by mail, for your convenience you may download and complete the Certificate of Co-Partnership form.  Please print clearly in ink on legal-sized paper (3 copies required) and fully complete the following:

-Print name of co-partnership.
-Print complete address of co-partnership (Post office boxes are not acceptable).
-Print full name and addresses of co-partners.
-Signatures of co-partners must be witnessed by a Notary Public. 

All three copies are to be delivered to the Bay County Clerk’s office. At that time, the document will be reviewed and the proposed co-partnership name will be researched for availability. If the proposed co-partnership is available, the payment will be processed and the Certificate of Co-Partnership will be accepted for issuance. If you apply by mail, please include a self addressed stamped envelope so we may return your copies and receipt of payment.

Notice of Discontinuance
Notice of Change of Business Location of Co-Partnership or Business Under Assumed Name


Documents filed at the state level are Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Non-Profit Organizations.

Licensing and Permits

 

For more information about running a small business, contact the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center

Host Institution: Delta College Corporate Services
Director: Jennifer Carroll
Phone Number: 989-686-9597

www.sbdcmichigan.org