If you did not dissolve the corporation, it could either be still active or possibly inactive. I could not find the name as opened, closed, active or inactive in the Washington Secretary of State
corporation search. But, just because the business is not active, does not mean the corporation has to be "gone." If it is listed, you can have any number of businesses under the corporation, or none, if you want. Like I said though, I couldn't find it. I suggest you locate and if necessary, activate the corp, Then, just get yourself a business license. It seems fairly easy and inexpensive.
You can then go to the Chase Bank with your Business License and get the money. Here is the info to get the license:
How to file
There are 3 ways to file the Master Business Application and supplemental forms:
- Complete a Master Business Application online.
- Pay with a MasterCard, Visa, or American Express credit or debit card (gift cards cannot be used).
Filing online isn’t recommended for some businesses. See the list of businesses that shouldn’t file a Master Business Application online for details.
File by mail
- Complete the Master Business Application and any supplemental forms that apply to your business. To find out which supplemental forms you’ll need, see the Business Licensing Guide.
- Send your completed application, supplemental forms, and a check or money order payable to “Washington State Treasurer” for the fees to:
Master License Service
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9034
File in person
Visit any business licensing office.
What is the fastest way to file?
Your application will be processed more quickly if you file online. Applications filed in person take about the same amount of time to process as those filed by mail.
Edited by dkennedy on 4/21/2010 at 4:10 AM EST