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Michael, technically, the order would be LLC->DBA->Trademark. But, you can do it largely simultaneously. So long as you confirm the DBA name that you want is available you can reserve it and proceed with the Trademark application. You do not need to have the approval of the LLC completed either before registering the DBA. The only risk you run is that your LLC name itself is rejected for some reason. But again, you can either reserve the name or proceed with the limited risk someone else will take it in meantime. If your LLC application is rejected initially for another reason, you will still be able to proceed and cure the LLC application deficiency at the same time. Does that answer your question?
Oh great! Yes, put down the date you applied. The exact date is not important for what they need that information for, it is more for tax year purposes. Good luck!
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