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An essential part of your business strategy.

We recommend that most small businesses form a limited liability company or LLC.  A small business can become a limited liability company, or LLC, by filing Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.  An LLC is considered to first exist when it files Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State.  In Colorado, this is a fairly simple process that can be completed online in a matter of minutes.  The Articles of Organization usually contain only a few key items that are required in order to make it effective.  In Colorado, the Articles of Organization must include six items:

Important Tip For your LLC, keep your articles of organization simple and put your key operating provisions in your Operating Agreement – this will keep things more simple for your small business
  • Name.  The name of the LLC
  • Principal Office.  The principal office address of the LLC’s initial principal office
  • Registered Agent.  The registered agent name and registered agent address
  • Persons Forming.  The true name and mailing address of each person forming the LLC
  • Management.  A statement that management of the LLC is vested in one or more managers or is vested in the members
  • Member(s).  A statement that there is at least one member of the LLC

The Articles of Organization serve to put people on notice that the small business is operated in the form of an LLC.  This is what gives people dealing with the LLC notice that they are dealing with a limited liability entity instead of the owners.

Adding Other Provisions

Other provisions can also be included, but we usually recommend against including additional items in the Articles of Organization.  It is usually better to put additional provisions in the Operating Agreement for the LLC because it is a non-public document and is easier to change from time to time, without having to comply with the filing requirements under Colorado law required for amendments of the Operating Agreement.  In the simplified Articles of Organization below, the most common two reasons for having an amendment is when there is a change in the name of the small business LLC or where there is a change in management from members to managers  In rare circumstances, there may be additional provisions of such importance that we would put them in the Articles of Organization but most entrepreneurs will appreciate the flexibility of including these provisions in the Operating Agreement.

Filing and Fees

On Colorado, the Articles of Organization can be filed on-line.  The fees, which can be paid by credit card, are $50.

Additional Information
Important Tip: 
For your LLC, keep your articles of organization simple and put your key operating provisions in your Operating Agreement – this will keep things more simple for your small business
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