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Liquor License Professionals is committed to helping your establishment navigate the unpredictable, ever-changing, and often difficult initial process when it comes to startup. This all begins with the Florida Division of Corporations and the process of your Florida business name filing and/or fictitious name filing. This is a multi-step process concerning several different agencies and is a vital step to your establishment becoming a reality. Our knowledgeable professionals will guide you in this process by outlining the needed steps, and working with you to navigate them.

A fictitious name certificate is a legal document that shows the operating name of a company, as opposed to its legal name. A fictitious name is sometimes also referred to as a “doing business as” (DBA) name, or an assumed business name. Unless otherwise established, your business’s legal name will just be your own name as the business owner. Various states, counties, and industries will require you to register with a business name, and / or a fictitious name / DBA. It is important for a business owner to understand when these names are necessary, and the process required to obtain one.

Why Should My Establishment File For A Fictitious Name?

A fictitious name allows your establishment to legally operate under a trade name as opposed to the business owner’s own personal name, or the name that appears on their original incorporation documents. For example, if John Smith is in the process of establishing his restaurant, his fictitious name may be “Smith’s Bar & Grille”. A fictitious name / DBA can also help with visibility for marketing purposes, credibility and reputation among suppliers and potential customers in your community, and will help when opening business bank accounts.

What Does the Process Look Like?

Registering for a fictitious name in the state of Florida is a multi-step process. First, one must apply with the Division of Corporations, registering the exact name that they wish to use. This name such as Company, Co., Corp, Inc, LLC, etc. This can only be done if no other one registrant is a business entity of that same name. The application is then sent to be processed by the Division of Corporations, then after that is completed the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is applied for and finally, the fictitious name (DBA) may be acquired. Now you are ready to commit to a location and be one step closer to your envisioned business.

Liquor License Professionals can assist in solving all of your needs within the hospitality industry. We understand that the requirements of the industry are complex and are sometimes difficult to maneuver. We ensure that these requirements do not stop you from achieving your dreams you envisioned as a business owner. Partner with Liquor License Professionals for hands-on assistance from a team of professionals with years of experience in the hospitality industry and liquor license acquisition and placement. Contact us today for assistance with the Florida Division of Corporations, and the steps for your Florida business name filing or fictitious name for your business starting in the right direction.

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