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If you are considering incorporating a company in Delaware and would like to know how, here's what you should know, including information on opening your business bank account, obtaining a local business license, planning your first official meeting and other important details.
If you have any questions about the business formation process, please contact our helpful staff by phone (800-345-2677), email or live chat.
Step 1 Choose the type of Delaware business entity best suited to your needs: general corporation, close corporation, non-stock corporation, benefit corporation, LLC, series LLC or limited partnership. Compare Delaware business entities here.
If you choose a general or close corporation, you'll need to select the number of shares you want to authorize. Learn more about those choices by viewing our section on understanding your company's stock.
Step 2 Select the business formation package that meets your requirements: Green, Basic or Standard. Packages start at just $179, with Expedited Service available for an extra charge. Our pre-priced packages include all state filing fees, Registered Agent Fees and shipping costs. Unlike some other business formation companies, there are no hidden fees.
Step 3 Select the name for your new company and the suffix that describes the type of business entity. Commonly accepted suffixes for corporations are: Incorporated (or Inc.); Corporation (or Corp.); Company (or Co.) and Limited (or Ltd.). For LLCs, the only endings permitted are LLC, L.L.C. or Limited Liability Company.
Keep in mind your company name cannot contain the words "bank," "insurance," "trust," "university" or "college."
We can check the availability of a company name in Delaware for free at your request.
You do not have to form your business in the state in which your business is physically located, nor do you have to form your business in the state in which you conduct most or all your business. Delaware has proven to be the best state in which to form a business, regardless of whether your business is large or small, domestic or international.
With Harvard Business Services, Inc., help is never more than a few keyboard clicks or a phone call away. Get live help in real time on our website or speak directly to one of our incorporation specialists by calling 1-800-345-CORP. You can also email us with questions about forming a business.
We can obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for you at a nominal cost. The EIN can be ordered at the same time as the new formation package. To get started, simply click the button below.
When your business is formed and you decide to benefit from pass-through taxation by electing S corporation tax status, we can assist you with preparing the form for a nominal fee. This can be done when you form a new company as well. Learn more about S corporations here.
The IRS does not charge you to elect S corporation tax status.
If you form your company in Delaware, one of the many advantages is that there is no requirement to maintain a company bank account in the state of Delaware. Many of our clients open bank accounts in locations (the state or country) where it is most convenient to conduct their banking transactions. Remember, non-residents of the U.S. can form a Delaware company.
In this video, Rick Bell, our founder and CEO, explains how inexpensive and efficient our services are, and what makes Delaware such a unique attraction for incorporating your business.
The HBS Blog offers insight on Delaware corporations and LLCs as well as information on entrepreneurship, startups and general business topics.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: