Category:Doing business as

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A trade name, trading name, or business name, is a pseudonym used by companies that do not operate under their registered company name. The term for this type of alternative name is a "fictitious" business name. Registering the fictitious name with a relevant government body is often required.

In a number of countries, the phrase "trading as" (abbreviated to t/a) is used to designate a trade name. In the United States,[1] the phrase "doing business as" (abbreviated to DBA, dba, d.b.a., or d/b/a) is used, among others, such as assumed business name[2] or fictitious business name.[3] In Canada, "operating as" (abbreviated to o/a) and "trading as" are used, although "doing business as" is also sometimes used.[4]

A company typically uses a trade name to conduct business using a simpler name rather than using their formal and often lengthier name. Trade names are also used when a preferred name cannot be registered, often because it may already be registered or is too similar to a name that is already registered.

  1. "State Division of Corporations". "Department of State NY". 2019. 
  2. "Search". "North Carolina Secretary of State". 2018. 
  3. California Business and Professions Code Section 17900 Archived August 2, 2019, at the Wayback Machine. et seq.
  4. "Business Registration". 2015. 

Pages in category "Doing business as"

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