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Why Do I Need to Add “Inc.” “Incorporated” “Corporation” or “Corp” after my new company’s name?

State laws require new corporations to contain a suffix that clearly indicates to the outside world that they are incorporated.   It is a requirement that corporate names contain one of the available suffixes, which are:

  • Corporation
  • Company
  • Incorporated
  • Incorporation
  • Corp
  • Co
  • Inc.
  • PC or Professional Corporation (if the entity is a Professional Corporation)

If the correct suffix is not used after the new business’s name, the Secretary of State will reject the founder’s attempt to incorporate the business.

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