I'm researching heavily in an attempt to gather all the necessary information needed in order to form a non-profit business. A daunting task for someone who has never owned a business, so I've also been reading business articles to gather additional helpful information along the way. It hasn't been formed yet and is still in the planning phase. Any steps and/or precautions you might mention? I've begun contacting individuals who're professionals in their fields to become a part of the administrative board. I really want to have a large portion of everything in place before meeting with them. One thing that I am concerned about is someone stealing the name before it is formed. Is it at all possible to register a trademark prior to it being officially formed? What precautions can I take to prevent this? ….especially if I cannot register a name yet. Another thing I am worried about is proper funding to get the ball rolling. What could I do to raise money without risking someone else starting a duplicate? I am expecting to invest around $1000+ just to get the website started. Designing our logos I might save us additional cost. They won’t look cheap since I’m a perfectionist and experienced in some web development. We’ll probably end up hiring a professional web developer to implement protection of our copyrights and our public image as a high-end educational etc. resource. Heavy advertisement will be an absolute must. Pay-per-click, banners and etc… will be a must to be the first thing seen in search engines. Expensive, I know. The website is a central part. It will not however, be the only element. Should I worry about the website after it is established to avoid the additional starting investment? That is what I am considering. To be honest I cannot cough up that amount of cash beyond the purchasing the main domains. I have begun drafting some legal drafts of how our company will work. After getting everything into place I'll discuss it further with the board before seeing a legal expert. The reason why I am forging legal documents such as copyright now of how our company will work is to protect our organization from content theft. Any administrative members bent on joining to simply act in a manner that would make our organization look bad would not affect it. At least that is what I am hoping. Any advice, materials or even opinions are most welcome. Thank you for reading my thread.