Form a Corporation
Establish credibility, protect your assets, and create a structure for investment.
Forming a corporation limits an owner’s legal and financial responsibility for the activities and debts of the business. Plus, incorporation provides a structure that can attract potential investors, and may help a new business establish credibility with customers and potential partners.
LLC (Limited Liability Company)
Form a Limited Liability Company
Gain limited liability protection for yourself, and added credibility for your business.
Forming a limited liability company (LLC) provides liability protection for any type of business, and should be among the first steps you take as a new business owner. Starting an LLC can help you protect your personal assets while adding legitimacy to your company.
Form a Benefit Corporation
Start and grow your business while making a positive impact on the community.
Forming a Benefit Corporation provides the same personal asset protection and formalization of your business structure as a regular corporation, with the added market differentiation as a mission-driven business.
Start a Nonprofit Corporation
Formally register your charitable business and file for income tax exemption.
When starting a business focused on charitable causes, you may want to consider the benefits of filing as a nonprofit corporation. With your business registered as a nonprofit, you gain added credibility, access to public and private grants, and the ability to apply for exemption from taxation by filing a 501(c)(3).
Start a Professional Corporation
Limited liability and asset protection for licensed professionals.
An ideal entity for lawyers, physicians, engineers, and other licensed professionals, forming a professional corporation can help you protect your personal assets against lawsuits aimed at your practice, debts of the business, and the negligence or malpractice of an associate.
DBA (Fictitious Name)
File a DBA (Doing Business As)
Formally register your business name and start building your brand
Filing a Doing Business As name (DBA) allows you to operate and receive payments under a name that is different from your legal business name, helping you create an identity for your business that presents it in a professional light to customers and vendors.