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When acquiring an aged shelf company, our goal is for the world to see you as the original owner of the company.  Why?  Because this works to your advantage.  When you’re seen as the original owner, this means the age of the company is respected.  There’s no need to tell the world you bought an aged shelf company.  If anyone asks, be honest and say you bought an existing company to expand.

If you use an aged Maine-born company, the shift of ownership is detected, which could work against you.  Again, our goal is to honor you as the first and original owner of the company.  Most states record the business owners, which lead to issues when transferring an aged shelf company to the end-user.

Acquire an aged shelf company in another state and then file it with the Secretary of State of Maine, and then file the business licenses.

There are a small group of states that are best for aging a shelf company and then honoring you as the original owner of the company.  Those states are New Mexico, Montana, Colorado, and there are a few exceptions.  Why?  These states don’t record the owners of the company.  This means you will be considered the first and original owner after you take it over.

Let’s Review:

  • Start with a shelf company outside the state of Maine and then file it into Maine.

  • The best way to use an aged out-of-state company in Maine is to acquire it from a state where the ownership isn’t disclosed, such as from New Mexico, Colorado or Montana. This way, you’ll be viewed as the first and original owner, giving you a competitive advantage over established competitors.

  • We will update the public record with your name and the new business address when transferring the company. After you file the company into Maine, file the county and local business licenses when required.

How to foreign file the company into Maine?

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How to best use an out-of-state aged shelf company to do business in Maine.

  • Gain a competitive advantage and compete with established competitors.

  • Be viewed as the first and original owner of the company.

  • Start strong, look surefooted, by confident, and succeed.

  • Customers seek to buy from a business that’s been around for years, not weeks.

  • Landlords and lenders seek reassurance they they’ll be paid.

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Let’s Review:

  • Acquire the out-of-state company from New Mexico, Montana, or Colorado.

  • We update the company information with the Secretary of State.

  • File the company into Maine as a foreign entity. Some states call this as a foreign qualification or authorization to do business.  This information should match the business licenses, the information on the lending application and all other sources.  Lenders like to see consistency of information.

  • The information reported to the State of Maine and the State of New Mexico should match to project a consistent business credit profile.

  • File the business licenses in Maine within your county and municipality.

What If You Don’t Follow Our Suggested Path? What Then?

If you started with an aged Maine company, then the shift of owners would be detected.  This means you’re not considered the first and original owner.  This may work against you.

The above is why acquiring an aged out-of-state company from New Mexico is much better when filed into Maine, than acquiring an aged Maine company.