A DBA, “doing business as”, will allow your company to conduct business under a
different business name. For sole proprietorships and general partnerships as well
as LLC’s and corporations, a DBA allows you to conduct business under a name other
than the owner's personal or Legal Business Name.
Why a DBA is right for my business
Filing a DBA with the state will provide you with the documents to:
- Open a new bank account.
- Advertise on business cards, letterhead or signs.
- Collect checks and other receivables under the DBA.
- Officially use your DBA to discourage other entities from using the same
- Use a DBA as a Domain Name (E-Commerce and Web Marketing).
Why a DBA corporation may not be right for my business
You may want to look into filing a different entity type for the following reasons:
- Limited Liability Protection- Simply filing a DBA for a sole proprietorship
does not make the owner of the business a separate legal entity. This means the
owner does not have Limited Liability Protection and will be held personally liable
for business claims, debts and liabilities.
- Try an LLC, S-Corporation or C-Corporation (Read