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Connecticut – DBA

File a Connecticut DBA

When starting a new business, the individual is best served by running the new endeavor as a sole proprietorship.

Advantages of a Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is the cheapest and fastest way to set up a business.
A sole proprietorship is a great way to test the business to see if it will succeed.
A sole proprietorship requires the least amount of paperwork to set up

Disadvantages of a Sole Proprietorship

The individual owner of a sole proprietorship is solely responsible for all debts, lawsuits and other losses.
The business does not have any liability protection as a sole proprietorship.

An individual, choosing to operate a business under a fictitious name or DBA, is not required by law to register the DBA with the state of Connecticut.

A corporation, LLC, LLP or partnership choosing to operate a business in the state of Connecticut under a name other than the parent company must register the DBA with the state.

Why Should A Sole Proprietorship File a DBA?

Many banks require a DBA be filed with the state in order to open a bank account or apply for a loan. By registering the DBA the business owner is now prepared for this contingency.

Registering a DBA provides a potential customer with the confidence the registered business is serious about what they do and plans to be around awhile. A registered DBA boosts consumer confidence.

Choosing an Acceptable DBA Name

When choosing a DBA name to register with the state of Connecticut keep in mind a few rules:

  • Do not use the words Corporation, Incorporated, Corp, or Inc in the title of the DBA as these words indicate a company has been formally incorporated with the state and the IRS.
  • Try to avoid words that are considered vulgar or offensive as this may actually turn off potential clients.
  • Choose a name that describes what the business does. This way a potential client has no doubt as to the services the business offers.
  • Choose a name that is short and easy to remember as most potential customers will hear of the business services by word of mouth and be forced to remember the business name.
  • Set up a website with an easy to remember and spell web address. Many potential customers search the web for businesses they are interested in and will prefer the business with a well put together and thought out website.

To get further information for filing a DBA in Connecticut go to:

http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3177&q=392124&SOTSNav_GID=1844#commonlyusedforms
or call 1-860-509-6079 for 24-hour assistance regarding filing forms. For general business questions call 1-860-509-6001.

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