Hello, I'm a (very) small business owner. My friends and I have a general partnership and we sell some online software. We just got a couple of checks from one of our business deals, and they're addressed to our company. The problem is, we have no place to deposit these checks. I looked into getting a bank account setup at Bank of America and there's one strange requirement that has me a bit confused. It says we need a: "Business Name Filing Document (Such as a Fictitious Name Certificate or Certificate of Trade Name)". After Googling around, it appears that the only way to get one of these is by going to City Hall (http://www.xxx, which is reasonable. But, what does this line mean?? "You must publish with one S.F. legal court approved newspaper (see listing of newspapers) within 30 days from the date of filing, once a week for 4 consecutive weeks." Note, we already have an EIN and have filed taxes for the past 2 years. Please help, thanks in advance!
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