One thing I learned from Atty. Richard Murray at the City of Nampa Economic Development was I needed to apply for an Assumed Business Name (ABN), also known as a DBA (Doing Business As). If doing business as your name, all is cool and you don’t need to do anything, but if you are creating a business name or adding or changing to your name, it has to be filed through the Idaho State Department in Boise. The reason: if complaints are waged against your business, the state and others can link the business with the owner. Should a person know one name but not both, they have an easy way of putting the two together. By applying for a DBA, one can also put the business name on a bank account and accept checks in the name of the business.
Applying for a DBA is easy. The application is on the Department of State’s website, http://www.sos.idaho.gov/corp/ABNform.htm . Print the completed application and mail it with a check for $25.00. Right now, there isn’t a way to pay on-line. The state will return the application within a week, approving the name, and you’re all set; your business name is legal!