by Jeff Conduct
Establishing your business or organization online is critical to business planning. And a good starting point is to establish your own domain name. Since the registration process is a snap and its benefits undeniable, there's no excuse not to have your own domain registered - even for businesses or projects barely on the chalkboard.
First, you'll need to find out if your domain is available. There are several online avenues for this task. I've found the Trademark Electronic Search System, http://www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm to be a valuable resource. Another option is www.whois.sc.