Part of becoming a legitimate non-profit organization has meant that a lot of time has been spending learning about and navigating the process and requirements to become exactly that. One of the final stages in completing the application was performing a NUANS - which stands for Newly Updated Automated Name Search (and sounds so exciting). Basically, it is a fancy service that searches your business name to ensure that you have selected an appropriate name and are not using a name that some other company is already operating under. It seems intuitive that there would be such a step, the name an organization or business is operating under is so important for name recognition, branding, and so users can understand what you do or are offering. It seems intuitive now, that is!
And we now have the report in hand, and will be meeting with someone to help us interpret and understand the results. And then continue on with the application, of course, with the goal of being an official non-profit by April.