Hampton, VA asked in Business Formation for Virginia

Q: business license vs llc and DBA

I am currently a hobby potter and will be selling at local vendor events and art shows. I know I will need a local peddlers license (live in VA) from my city to do so. I have a branded name other than my own that I will use on signage and materials for this portion (eg. Fun Designs by Me).

I will also be obtaining a real estate license in the next year and will be operating that as well under an LLC in my name (which will be setup soon as eg. Jane Doe LLC).

My question is, when I obtain the business license will that need to be in my personal name or the branded name (which I assume I will need a DBA for) and will both need to be under the umbrella of the LLC?

I need to have the business license in the next 20 days for an event so that step would need to come first.

Edit to add I have obtained neither the business license nor the LLC yet. I'm looking for info on which to do first and in what order and ideally which would be in each name.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Dominic Paul Lascara
Dominic Paul Lascara
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: SInce it appears that you are not operating your "potter" business under your LLC, but as a sole proprietorship, you will need to get your business license in your individual name and as the trade name you use.

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