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DBA/Business Names

Doing business as (DBA) names

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Register your company's trade name the right way.

State and local governments usually require companies to register any alternate names under which they do business. Called a Doing Business As (DBA) filing, this action allows your company to legally operate under a trade name, also known as an "assumed" or "fictitious" name.

By having a DBA name, it's possible for sole proprietors and general partners to do business using a name other than the owners' personal name. In the case of c corporations, s corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), nonprofits and some other formation types, a DBA filing allows them to do business under a name different than the one that appears on their original incorporation documents.

Here are a few practical examples of how DBA names are used:

  • Sole proprietors and general partners often choose to operate under a DBA name. For example, business owner John Smith might file the DBA name "Smith Roofing."
  • Corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) may register alternate names for specific lines of business. For example, Helen's Food Service Inc. might register the DBA name "Helen's Catering."

By registering a DBA name for your business, you could enjoy:

  • better visibility for marketing purposes
  • enhanced credibility among suppliers and customers
  • an easier time opening business bank accounts
  • the ability to transact business under a different name on the Internet

The Company Corporation can help.

The Company Corporation can complete DBA registrations for corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and some sole proprietorships and partnerships. Let us know that you'd like to register a DBA name and we'll send you the right application for your DBA filing. You just sign and return it to us and we'll take it from there. Once the state or local government has accepted your request, we'll send you an approval notice. Your DBA name will then be part of the public record.

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