How to Form a Company in Rhode Island


Congratulations! You’re ready to form a company in Rhode Island. The process is simple, but there are some key steps you need to take before you can officially register your business. In this post, we’ll walk through the steps of forming a company in Rhode Island: selecting a name for your company; deciding upon the management structure of your company; establishing a registered agent; filing articles of incorporation with the Rhode Island Secretary of State; drafting bylaws or an operating agreement; and more.

Select a name for your company.

You’ll need to choose a name for your company. Your choice of name should be one that is not already in use, but does not require you to register it as a trademark or copyright. You can check with the state’s business division for availability.

If you prefer, you can also check for domain names associated with your name through sites like GoDaddy and NameCheap (which will cost $10-$15 per domain). If the .com is available, then that might be the best option since most people are familiar with using web addresses ending in “.com.”

Decide upon the management structure of your company.

The most common business structures in Rhode Island are sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. The type of structure you choose will determine who is responsible for what aspects of running the business. Here’s a little more about each one:

Sole proprietorship: A sole proprietorship is the easiest structure to establish because it involves just one owner (you!). A sole proprietor has unlimited personal liability for all debts or lawsuits that arise from their business activity. Also, in this structure an owner can have more than one activity at the same time without having to register multiple businesses with the state or federal government; however they must report his or her income on Schedule C as well as any expenses incurred while conducting these activities on Schedule C-EZ (federal) or Form RI-1040ES (state). If operating under a trade name other than your own legal name, you still need to register your DBA/trade name before conducting any kind of operation under your new identity – otherwise there could be some legal issues down the line!

Partnership: Partnerships are similar in many ways to sole proprietorships except instead of being owned by just one person it may be owned by two or more people working together toward achieving common goals through shared ownership and management responsibilities while also receiving equal shares of profits if there are any coming in at all! Like with sole proprietorships though there can still be problems arising between partners if disagreements arise over how decisions should be made within such situations which means finding someone trustworthy enough might not always go smoothly either especially when working closely together day after day throughout long periods without getting feedback from anyone else besides maybe another partner who knows something about what’s going on behind closed doors between yourself and another party involved..

Corporation: Corporations offer owners protection against lawsuits related specifically

Establish a Registered Agent.

In order to legally operate your business in Rhode Island, it is necessary to have a registered agent. A registered agent is someone who will receive all legal correspondence and packages on behalf of your company. They are also responsible for ensuring that your company pays its required fees, filings, and taxes. In short: they act as an extension of you and your business when it comes to legal matters.

You’ll want to find a registered agent who has experience with small businesses like yours—no one wants their email inbox filled up with hundreds of pages from the Secretary of State! The best way to go about this is by asking other entrepreneurs in similar industries where they get theirs done (if you don’t know anyone personally). You should also make sure that their service doesn’t charge anything extra just because there isn’t enough work for them otherwise (e.g., if there aren’t many small businesses in Rhode Island).

Once you’ve found a suitable candidate for the job, simply send them an email explaining what services they will be providing (i.e., maintaining all relevant records) along with proof that the entity has been created through RICStarter or through another website such as LegalZoom or MyCompanyOnline (MCO).

File articles of incorporation with the Rhode Island Secretary of State.

To form a corporation in Rhode Island, you’ll need to file articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State. The filing fee is $100 and the Articles must include:

  • The name of your business
  • The address where it will be located
  • A statement that it will be taxed as a corporation (not as an LLC or other entity)

Draft bylaws or an operating agreement.

Once you have a basic idea of what your business will do and who the owners are, it’s time to form a company. To do this, you’ll need to draft bylaws or an operating agreement.

A bylaw is a rule or regulation that governs how a company is run. It can be anything from how much interest should be paid on loans, to what happens if there’s a dispute between two people who own shares in the company, to whether employees get paid for holidays and weekends (and if so, how much).

An operating agreement (or “operating contract”) is similar to bylaws but applies only between specific individuals or groups of people who are working together as part of one company. The most common example would be when several partners own equal shares in an LLC; in that case they will each want their role within the organization clearly spelled out—for example: which partner will be responsible for making decisions about spending money on new equipment?

Operating agreements often set out additional rules relating specifically to an individual business enterprise rather than those applicable across all memberships within an entire organization such as those covering taxes paid by members on profits distributed amongst themselves.

Following these steps will help you form your company in the state of Rhode Island

When forming a company in Rhode Island, you will need to follow a specific set of steps. Though these steps can seem overwhelming, they are quite easy once you have all of your information together. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • File all required documents with the state
  • Appoint a registered agent for your business
  • Draft bylaws or an operating agreement for your company


Congratulations, you’ve successfully formed a corporation in Rhode Island! While it may seem like a lot of work to go through, the process is actually quite simple. And remember that the more prepared you are at each step along the way, the easier everything will be. If there are any questions or concerns that arise during this process, just turn to one of our experts who will be happy to assist you with whatever they can offer their knowledge on. So now it’s time for us all celebrate with some cake!”

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