Q: What steps must I take to legally operate my own independent travel agency and a separate marketing company in Maryland?
I’m an independent travel consultant (Not an employee of my host agency that allows me to operate under their FL Travelers license).
For the marketing company, I am a independent representative whose home office is in Georgia.
A: It would seem you should be able to set up a Maryland entity that serves the function of the travel agency. Likewise, in stating the purposes for the formation of the company, you can list more than one purpose. If the marketing arm will be primarily functioning in Georgia, you would need to have the Maryland entity, which is domestic in Maryland, qualify to do business in Georgia, meaning it would be a foreign entity in Georgia. In both cases you will need to have a resident agent for the entity located in each state and principal place of business addresses. There are probably other issues to be considered as Maryland and Georgia may regulate the underlying businesses differently. It would be wise to work with business counsel licensed in the 2 states as well as a tax advisor.
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