Articles must be signed by the incorporating person or persons or by the first board of directors. Major stock issuances require application to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year. The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents. President The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership. The President shall have the following duties. The Secretary of State's office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks, container brands, laundry marks and the names of farms, ranches, estate or villas. I just dissolved the LLC in order to start up a C-Corp (research has proven better tax advantages…and, besides, GC's aren't protected personally by an LLC in California so it was completely pointless). Our newly appointed CPA suggested the C-Corp and, being the internet research loving person that I am, I have read and read and read up on it.