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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does a business need a DBA and what are the steps involved in getting one?

A DBA, or "Doing Business As", is a crucial tool for businesses, offering protection against fraud and asserting intellectual property rights under an assumed name. 

It is particularly beneficial for businesses operating under different names, as it enhances credibility and allows for convenient separation of various lines of business. 

For sole proprietors and general partnerships, a DBA can differentiate personal and business identities, while corporations and LLCs can operate multiple businesses under different names without creating separate entities.

The process of obtaining a DBA involves several steps. Firstly, a suitable business name must be chosen, with guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure compliance with state-specific regulations. 

It's important to avoid names similar to existing companies or those that could confuse consumers. Once a name is selected, the next step is to visit the county clerk's office to obtain a DBA form, which can also be printed online. This form, detailing the assumed business request, must be filled out and submitted with the required filing fee.

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