Company Suffixes

Forming a business or nonprofit requires complying with entity name requirements. In addition to checking name availability in the state of formation, businesses and nonprofits must include the appropriate corporate suffix as required by the state. Commonly used company suffixes include "Inc" and "LLC". Use this reference resource to find the requirements in every state.

Alabama

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Business Corporation:

"corporation," or "incorporated," or an abbreviation of one of such words, or if a banking corporation the words "bank," "banking," or "bankers". AC §10A-1-5.04


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." or "PC" and shall otherwise conform to any rule promulgated by a licensing authority having jurisdiction of a professional service described in the certificate of formation of the corporation. AC §10A-1-5.08


LLC:

The words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". These words or their abbreviation shall be the last words of the name. AC §10A-1-5.06


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. AC §10A-1-5.04

Alaska

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Business Corporation:

A corporate name must contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited", or an abbreviation of one of these words. AS §10.06.105


Professional Corporation:

Must end with the word "Corporation", "Incorporated", or "Limited", or the abbreviation "Corp.", "Inc.", "Ltd.", or by the words "a professional corporation" or by the abbreviation "P.C.". AS §10.45.120


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company stated in the company's articles of organization must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," or "LLC". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "Co." AS §10.50.020


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. AS §10.20.021

Arizona

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word "association", "bank", "company", "corporation", "limited" or "incorporated" or an abbreviation of one of these words or the equivalent in a foreign language. Corporation may not use "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" unless it also has a license to operate one. ARS §10-401


Professional Corporation:

Contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", "service corporation", "limited", or "chartered" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "P.A.", "S.C.", "Ltd.", "Chtd", "PC", "PA", "SC", "LTD" or "CHTD". ARS §10-2215


LLC:

Contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC" or "LC", in uppercase or lowercase letters. ARS §29-602


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. ARS §10-3401

Arkansas

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Business Corporation:

"Corporation", "Company", or "Incorporated", or shall contain an abbreviation of one of those words; but the name may not end with the word "Company" nor the abbreviation "Co." if the final word or abbreviation is immediately preceded by "and" or any symbol for "and". AC §4-26-401


Professional Corporation:

Contain the name of one or more shareholders or the name of one or more deceased former shareholders and shall end with "Chartered", Limited", the abbreviation "Ltd.", the words "Professional Association", or the abbreviation "P.A.". AR Code §4-29-207


LLC:

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words "Limited Liability Company" or "Limited Company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.," "L.C.," "LLC," or "LC." The word "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co." AC §4-32-103


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. AC §4-33-401

California

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Business Corporation:
  • General stock corporation: not required
  • Close corporations: "corporation", "incorporated" or "limited" or an abbreviation of one of such words (CCC §202.a)

Professional Corporation:

Must comply with the name style requirements of the regulatory agency which has jurisdiction over the profession. CCC §13409.a


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company shall contain the words limited liability company, or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Limited may be abbreviated as Ltd., and company may be abbreviated as Co. CCC §17701.08


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. CCC §5122.a

Colorado

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Business Corporation:

The entity name of a corporation shall contain the term or abbreviation "corporation", "incorporated", "company", "limited", "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd." CRS §7-90-601


Professional Corporation:

"P.c." or "pc" shall be a permitted abbreviation for a professional corporation in addition to all others provided by law. CRS §7-90-601


LLC:

The entity name of a limited liability company shall contain the term or abbreviation "limited liability company", "ltd. liability company", "limited liability co.", "ltd. liability co.", "limited", "l.l.c.", "llc", or "ltd.". CRS §7-90-601


Nonprofit Corporation:

The entity name of a nonprofit corporation may, but need not, contain the term or abbreviation "corporation", "incorporated", "company", "limited", "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". CRS §7-90-601

Connecticut

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated”, “company”, “Societa per Azioni” or “limited”, or the abbreviation “corp.”, “inc.”, “co.”, “S.p.A.” or “ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. GSC §33-655


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." and shall also contain either a word or words descriptive of the professional service to be rendered by the corporation or shall contain the last name of one or more of the present, prospective, or former shareholders or of persons who were associated with a predecessor. GSC §33-182h.


LLC:

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviations “L.L.C.” or “LLC”. The word “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.” and the word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.” GSC §34-102


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall contain the word “corporation”, “incorporated” or “company”, or the abbreviation “corp.”, “inc.” or “co.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. GSC §33-1045.

Delaware

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain 1 of the words "association," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "syndicate," or "limited," (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation), or words (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation) of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions (provided they are written in roman characters or letters). DC §8-102-a-1


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain either a word or words descriptive of the professional service to be rendered by the professional corporation, or any of the qualified related professional services to be rendered by the professional corporation, or shall contain the last names of 1 or more of its present, prospective or former shareholders or of persons who were associated with a predecessor person, partnership, professional corporation or other organization or whose name or names appeared in the name of such predecessor organization. The corporate name shall also contain the words "chartered" or "professional association" or abbreviation "P.A." The use of the word "company," "corporation" or "incorporated" or any other word, words, abbreviations, affix or prefix indicating that it is a corporation, in the corporate name of a professional corporation is specifically prohibited. DC §8-617.


LLC:

Shall contain the words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or the designation "LLC". DC §18-102


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall contain 1 of the words "association," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "syndicate," or "limited," (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation), or words (or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation) of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions (provided they are written in roman characters or letters). DC §8-102-a-1

District of Columbia

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Business Corporation:

The name of a business corporation shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "Corp.", "Inc.", "Co.", or "Ltd.", or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language. D.C. Code §29-103.02(a)


Professional Corporation:

The name of a professional corporation shall contain the phrase "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "Chtd", and may not contain the word "company", "incorporated", "corporation", or "limited", or an abbreviation of those words. D.C. Code §29-103.02(c)


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company other than a professional limited liability company shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C.", or "LC". The name of a professional limited liability company shall contain the words "professional limited liability company" or the abbreviation "P.L.L.C." or "PLLC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". D.C. Code §29-103.02(f)


Nonprofit Corporation:

The name of a nonprofit corporation need not contain any particular word or abbreviation. D.C. Code §29-103.02(b)

Florida

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word “corporation,” “company,” or “incorporated” or the abbreviation “Corp.,” “Inc.,” or “Co.,” or the designation “Corp,” “Inc,” or “Co,” 2016 FS §607.0401


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the word "chartered" or the words "professional association" or the abbreviation "P.A.". Use of the word "company", "corporation", or "incorporated" or any other abbreviation indicating that it is a corporation is prohibited. 2016 FS §621.12


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". 2016 FS §605.0112


Nonprofit Corporation:

Must contain the word “corporation” or “incorporated” or the abbreviation “corp.” or “inc.” or words or abbreviations of like import in language, as will clearly indicate that it is a corporation instead of a natural person, unincorporated association, or partnership. The name of the corporation may not contain the word “company” or its abbreviation “co.” 2016 FS §617.0401

Georgia

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. O.C.G.A. §14-2-401


Professional Corporation:

The name of a professional corporation shall satisfy the requirements of Code Section 14-2-401; provided, however, that, in lieu of the use of a word or abbreviation as required by paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of that Code section, the word "associated," the phrase "professional association," the phrase "professional corporation," or an abbreviation of any of them may be used. O.C.G.A. §14-7-6


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" (it being permitted to abbreviate the word "limited" as "ltd." and the word "company" as "co.") or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC". O.C.G.A. §14-11-207


Nonprofit Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in a language other than English. O.C.G.A. §14-3-401

Hawaii

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", or "ltd." HRS §414-51


Professional Corporation:

May be any name permitted by law expressly applicable to the profession in which the corporation is engaged or by a rule of the licensing authority of the profession. HRS §415A-8


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". HRS §428-105


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. HRS §414D-61

Idaho

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Business Corporation:

The name of a business corporation must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd.," or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language; provided however, that if the word "company" or its abbreviation is used it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and." Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302


Professional Corporation:

May alternatively contain the word "chartered," "professional association," or "professional corporation," or the abbreviation "P.A.," "P.C.," or "CHTD" or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language. Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain the phrase "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C.," or "LC." "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co." If the limited liability company is a professional entity, the name may include the word "professional" before the word "limited" or the letter "P" at the beginning of any of the permitted abbreviations. Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302


Nonprofit Corporation:

 The name of a business corporation must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd.," or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language; provided however, that if the word "company" or its abbreviation is used it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and." If the business corporation is a professional entity, the name may alternatively contain the word "chartered," "professional association," or "professional corporation," or the abbreviation "P.A.," "P.C.," or "CHTD" or words or abbreviations of similar import in another language. Idaho Statutes § 30-30-202 and Idaho Statutes § 30-21-302

Illinois

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain, separate and apart from any other word or abbreviation in such name, the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited", or an abbreviation of one of such words. 805 ILCS §5/4.05


Professional Corporation:

A professional corporation shall adopt a name consisting of the full or last name of one or more of its shareholders; except that if not otherwise prohibited by law, rules of a regulating authority or the canons of ethics of the profession concerned, a professional corporation may adopt a fictitious name. The corporate name shall end with the word "chartered" or "Limited" or the abbreviation "Ltd.", or with the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "Prof. Corp." or the initials "P. C.". 805 ILCS §32-415-9


LLC:

Shall contain the terms "limited liability company", "L.L.C.", or "LLC", or, if organized as a low-profit limited liability company under Section 1-26 of this Act, shall contain the term "L3C". 805 ILCS §180/1-10


Nonprofit Corporation:

May contain, separate and apart from any other word or abbreviation in such name, the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or "limited," or an abbreviation of one of such words. 805 ILCS §105/104.05

Indiana

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. IC §23-1-23-1


Professional Corporation:

Must include the words "Professional Services Corporation" or "Professional Corporation" or an abbreviation of the words. IC §23-1.5-2-8


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or either of the following abbreviations: (A) "L.L.C."; or (B) "LLC". IC §23-18-2-8


Nonprofit Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited" or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or similar words or abbreviations in another language. IC §23-17-5-1

Iowa

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Iowa Code §490.401


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.", and except for the addition of such words or abbreviation, shall be a name which could lawfully be used by a licensed individual or by a partnership of licensed individuals in the practice in this state of a profession which the corporation is authorized to practice. Iowa Code §496C.5


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words “limited liability company” or “limited company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”, “LLC”, “L.C.”, or “LC”. “Limited” may be abbreviated as “Ltd.”, and “company” may be abbreviated as “Co.”. Iowa Code §489.108


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Iowa Code §504.401

Kansas

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Business Corporation:

The name of the corporation which, except for banks, shall contain one of the words "association," "church," "college," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "university," "syndicate" or "limited," or one of the abbreviations "co.," "corp.," "inc.," "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in other languages if they are written in Roman characters or letters. K.S.A. §17-7919


Professional Corporation:

May include any name set forth in K.S.A. 17-6002, but in all cases the corporate name shall end with the word "chartered" or "professional association" or the abbreviation "P.A." K.S.A. §17-2711


LLC:

Shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company", or the abbreviation "LLC," "LC" or the designation "LLC" or "LC". K.S.A. §17-7920


Nonprofit Corporation:

The name of the corporation which, except for banks, shall contain one of the words "association," "church," "college," "company," "corporation," "club," "foundation," "fund," "incorporated," "institute," "society," "union," "university," "syndicate" or "limited," or one of the abbreviations "co.," "corp.," "inc.," "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in other languages if they are written in Roman characters or letters. K.S.A. §17-7919

Kentucky

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Business Corporation:

End with the word "corporation," "company," or "limited" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language, provided, however, that if a nonprofit corporation's name includes the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co.," it may not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or the abbreviation "&". KRS 14A.3-010(2)


Professional Corporation:

Shall end with the words "professional service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.S.C." KRS §14A.3-010(2)


LLC:

The real name of a limited liability company shall end with the phrase "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "LLC" or "LC," provided, however, if the company is a professional limited liability company the name shall end with the phrase "professional limited liability company" or "professional limited company" or the abbreviation "PLLC" or "PLC." In the name of either a limited liability company or a professional limited liability company, the word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co." KRS 14A.3-010(3)


Nonprofit Corporation:

End with the word "corporation," "company," or "limited" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language, provided, however, that if a nonprofit corporation's name includes the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co.," it may not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or the abbreviation "&"; or if a professional service corporation, shall end with the words "professional service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.S.C." KRS 14A.3-010(2)

Louisiana

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Business Corporation: Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited," or the abbreviation, with or without punctuation, "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". Louisiana RS §1-401


Professional Corporation:

Louisiana has different name requirements for different industries.


LLC:

Shall contain the words "limited liability company", the abbreviation "L.L.C.", or the abbreviation "L.C.". For low-profit limited liability companies, shall contain the words "low-profit limited liability company", the abbreviation "L3C", or the abbreviation "l3c". Louisiana RS §12:1306


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall not contain the words "bank," "banking," "banker," "savings," "trust," "deposit," "insurance," "mutual," "assurance," "indemnity," "casualty," "fiduciary," "homestead," "building and loan," "surety," "security," "guarantee," "cooperative," "state," "parish," "redevelopment corporation," "electric cooperative," or "credit union.". Louisiana RS §204

Maine

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Business Corporation:

Not required.  13-C MRSA §4-401.


Professional Corporation:

The name of a professional corporation must contain the words "chartered," "professional corporation," "professional association" or "service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.," "P.A." or "S.C." 13 MRSA §22A-736


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C." or "LC" or, in the case of a low-profit limited liability company, "L3C" or "13c" unless the limited liability company is filing an assumed name under section 1510 or a registration of a name of a foreign limited liability company under section 1511. The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.," and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". 31 MRSA §1508


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. 13-B MRSA §3-301-A.

Maryland

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Business Corporation:

The name of a corporation must include one of the following words or an abbreviation of one of the following words: (1) "Company", if it is not preceded by the word "and" or a symbol for the word "and"; (2) "Corporation"; (3) "Incorporated"; or (4) "Limited". 2010 Maryland Code §1-502(a)


Professional Corporation:

The corporate name of a professional corporation must include: (i) The word "chartered"; (ii) The abbreviation "chtd."; (iii) The words "professional association"; (iv) The abbreviation "P.A."; (v) The words "professional corporation"; or (vi) The abbreviation "P.C.". 2015 Maryland Code §1-502(f)


LLC:

Limited liability companies.- The name of a limited liability company must include: (1) The words "limited liability company"; (2) "L.L.C."; (3) "LLC"; (4) "L.C."; or (5) "LC". 2010 Maryland Code §1-502(b)


Nonprofit Corporation:

The name of a corporation must include one of the following words or an abbreviation of one of the following words: (1) "Company", if it is not preceded by the word "and" or a symbol for the word "and"; (2) "Corporation"; (3) "Incorporated"; or (4) "Limited". 2010 Maryland Code §1-502(a)

Massachusetts

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word “corporation, “incorporated,” “company,” or “limited” or the abbreviation “corp.,” “inc., or ltd.,” or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. M.G.L. c156D §4.01


Professional Corporation:

Shall end with the word ''Professional Corporation'', ''Corporation'' or ''Incorporated'' or the abbreviation ''P.C.'', ''Corp.'' or ''Inc.'' or any other word or words which in the judgment of the state secretary indicates that the professional corporation is incorporated. M.G.L. §156A.8


LLC:

Shall contain the words ''limited liability company'', ''limited company'', or the abbreviation ''L.L.C.'', ''L.C.'', ''LLC'' or ''LC''. M.G.L. §156C.3


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. M.G.L.A. c180

Michigan

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Business Corporation:

Except as provided in chapter 2A for a professional corporation, the corporate name of a domestic corporation shall contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited" or shall contain 1 of the following abbreviations: corp., co., inc., or ltd., with or without periods. 284 MCL §450.1211


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." with or without periods or other punctuation. 284 MCL §450.1283


LLC:

The name of a domestic limited liability company shall contain the words "limited liability company", or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "L.C.", with or without periods or other punctuation. The name of a low-profit limited liability company shall contain the words "low-profit limited liability company", or the abbreviation "L.3.C." or "l.3.c.", with or without periods or other punctuation. 23 MCL §450.4204


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. 162 MCL §450.2212

Minnesota

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Business Corporation:

Use "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited," or shall contain an abbreviation of one or more of these words, or the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co." if that word or abbreviation is not immediately preceded by the word "and" or the character "&". § 302A.115 Minnesota Statutes


Professional Corporation:

Must end with any one of the following phrases, words, or abbreviations: "Professional Corporation"; "Professional Service Corporation"; "Service Corporation"; "Professional Association"; "Chartered";"Limited"; "P.C."; "P.S.C."; "S.C."; "P.A."; "Ltd.". §319B.05 Minnesota Statutes


LLC:

Contain the words "limited liability company," or must contain the abbreviation "LLC". § 322B.115 Minnesota Statutes


Nonprofit Corporation:

Optional. A corporate name need not contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or an abbreviation of one of these words. § 317A.115 Minnesota Statutes

Mississippi

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company" or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co." or "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Mississippi Code §79-4-401


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "professional corporation" or "professional association" or the abbreviations "P.C.," "PC," "P.A." or "PA". Mississippi Code §79-10-21


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". Mississippi Code §79-29-109


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Mississippi Code §79-11-157

Missouri

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited", or shall end with an abbreviation of one of said words. Missouri Revised Statutes §351.110


Professional Corporation:

Contain the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.". Missouri Revised Statutes §356.071


LLC:

Shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "LC", "LLC", "L.C." or "L.L.C." Missouri Revised Statutes §347.020


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Missouri Revised Statues §355.146

Montana

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited"; the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd."; or words or abbreviations of similar meaning in another language. Montana Code Annotated §35-1-308


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." and may not contain any other words to indicate the type of business that it is other than "professional corporation" or "P.C." unless the name of a foreign corporation contains the words "professional services" or "P.S.". Montana Code Annotated §35-4-206


LLC:

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "l.l.c.", "l.c.", "llc", or "lc". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "ltd.", and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "co.". Montana Code Annotated §35-8-103


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Montana Code Annotated §35-2-305

Nebraska

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word corporation, incorporated, company, or limited, or the abbreviation corp., inc., co., or ltd., or words or abbreviations of like import in another language, except that a corporation organized to conduct a banking business under the Nebraska Banking Act may use a name which includes the word bank without using any such words or abbreviations. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-230


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the word professional corporation, or P.C. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-2206


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words limited liability company or limited company or the abbreviation L.L.C., LLC, L.C., or LC. Limited may be abbreviated as Ltd., and company may be abbreviated as Co. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-108


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. State of Nebraska Statutes §21-1931

Nevada

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Business Corporation:

A name appearing to be that of a natural person and containing a given name or initials must not be used as a corporate name except with an additional word or words such as “Incorporated,” “Limited,” “Inc.,” “Ltd.,” “Company,” “Co.,” “Corporation,” “Corp.,” or other word which identifies it as not being a natural person. NRS §78.035


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "Prof. Corp.", "PC", or the word "Chartered" or the abbreviation "Chtd.", or "Limited" or the abbreviation "Ltd.". NRS §89.040


LLC:

The name of a limited-liability company formed under the provisions of this chapter must contain the words “Limited-Liability Company,” “Limited Liability Company,” “Limited Company,” or “Limited” or the abbreviations “Ltd.,” “L.L.C.,” “L.C.,” “LLC” or “LC.” The word “Company” may be abbreviated as “Co.” NRS §86.171


Nonprofit Corporation:

A name appearing to be that of a natural person and containing a given name or initials must not be used as a corporate name except with an additional word or words such as “Incorporated,” “Inc.,” “Limited,” “Ltd.,” “Company,” “Co.,” “Corporation,” “Corp.,” or other word which identifies it as not being a natural person. NRS §82.086

New Hampshire

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Business Corporation:

Contain the word “corporation,” ” incorporated,” or “limited” or the abbreviation “corp.” “inc.”, or ” ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. 293-A:4.01 New Hampshire RSA


Professional Corporation:

Shall end with one of the following words or abbreviations: "professional corporation", "professional association", "Prof. Corp.", Prof Ass'n", "P.C", or "P.A" or similar abbreviations of these words. 294-A:7 New Hampshire RSA


LLC:

The name of each limited liability company as set forth in its certificate of formation: (a) Shall contain the words “limited liability company” or the abbreviation “L.L.C.”or similar abbreviation. 304-C:32 New Hampshire RSA


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. 292:3 New Hampshire RSA

New Jersey

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or shall contain an abbreviation of one of those words, or shall include the abbreviation Ltd. or shall contain words or abbreviations of like import in other languages. New Jersey Statutes 14A:2-2


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the full or last names of one or more of the shareholders or a name descriptive of the type of professional service in which the corporation will be engaged and shall also contain the words "chartered", "professional association", or "a professional corporation", or the abbreviation "P.A.", "P.C.", "PA", or "PC". New Jersey Statutes §14A:17-14


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company shall contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". New Jersey Statutes 42:2C-8


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall contain one of the following: "a New Jersey nonprofit corporation," "incorporated," "corporation," "inc.," or "corp." unless it is a corporation which could organize pursuant to the provisions of Title 16 of the Revised Statutes. New Jersey Statues 15A2:2

New Mexico

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Business Corporation:

The corporate name shall: contain the separate word "corporation," "company," "incorporated" or "limited" or shall contain a separate abbreviation of one of these words; NMSA §53-11-7


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the words "limited", "chartered", "professional association", or "professional corporation" or shall contain an abbreviation of those words. NMSA §53-6-6


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company shall be stated in its articles of organization and shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC". The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "ltd." and the word "company" may be abbreviated as "co.". NMSA §53-19-3


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. NMSA §53-8-7

New York

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated" or "limited", or an abbreviation of one of such words; or, in the case of a foreign corporation, it shall, for use in this state, add at the end of its name one of such words or an abbreviation thereof. NY BSC §301


Professional Corporation:

Shall end with the words "Professional Corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." The name of a design professional service corporation shall end with the words "design professional corporation" or the abbreviation "D.P.C.". NY BSC §1512


LLC:

Shall contain without abbreviation the words "Limited Liability Company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". NY LLC §204


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. NY NPC §301)

North Carolina

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Business Corporation:

The name of a corporation must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)


Professional Corporation:

May use the words "Professional Association, P.A.", "Professional Corporation", or "P.C." in lieu of corporate designations specified in Chapter 55D. NC General Statutes § 55B-5


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC", or the combination "ltd. liability co.", "limited liability co.", or "ltd. liability company". NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)


Nonprofit Corporation:

The name of a corporation must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.". NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

North Dakota

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "company", "corporation", "incorporated", "limited", or an abbreviation of one or more of these words. N.D.C.C. 10-19.1-13


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the word "chartered", the word "limited" or the abbreviation "Ltd.", the words "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." or "PC", or the words "professional association" or the abbreviation "P.A." or "PA". N.D.C.C. 10-31-05


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company", or must contain the abbreviation "L.L.C." or the abbreviation "LLC". N.D.C.C. 10-32-10


Nonprofit Corporation:

Need not contain the word "company", "corporation", "incorporated", "limited", or an abbreviation of one or more of these words. N.D.C.C. 10-33-10

Ohio

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Business Corporation:

It shall end with or include the word or abbreviation "company," "co.," "corporation," "corp.," "incorporated," or "inc." Ohio Revised Code §1701.05


Professional Corporation:

It shall end with or include the word or abbreviation "company," "co.," "corporation," "corp.," "incorporated," or "inc." Ohio Revised Code §1701.05


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company shall include the words, "limited liability company," without abbreviation or shall include one of the following abbreviations: "LLC," "L.L.C.," "limited," "ltd.," or "ltd". Ohio Revised Code §1705.05


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Ohio Revised Code §1702

Oklahoma

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Business Corporation:

The name of the corporation which shall contain one of the words “association”, “company”, “corporation”, “club”, “foundation”, “fund”, “incorporated”, “institute”, “society”, “union”, “syndicate”, or “limited” or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation, or words or abbreviations thereof, with or without punctuation, of like import of foreign countries or jurisdictions; provided that such abbreviations are written in Roman characters or letters. Oklahoma Statutes §18-1006


Professional Corporation:

Shall end with one or more of the words or abbreviations permitted in the applicable associated acts; provided, that such words or abbreviations shall be modified by the word "professional" or some abbreviation of the combination, with or without punctuation, including, without limitation: "P.C.", "P.L.P." or "P.L.L.C.". Oklahoma Statutes §18-807.


LLC:

The name shall contain either the words limited liability company or limited company or the abbreviations "LLC", "LC", "L.L.C." or "L.C." The word limited may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word company may be abbreviated as "Co.". Oklahoma Statutes §18-2008


Nonprofit Corporation:

The name of the corporation must contain one of the words “association”, “company”, “corporation”, “club”, “foundation”, “fund”, “incorporated”, “institute”, “society”, “union”, “syndicate”, “limited” or one of the abbreviations “co.”, “corp.”, “inc.”, “ltd.”, or words or abbreviations of like import in other languages provided that such abbreviations are written in Roman characters or letters.

Oregon

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Business Corporation:

A corporate name shall contain one or more of the words corporation, incorporated, company or limited or an abbreviation of one or more of those words. ORS §60.094


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the words professional corporation or the abbreviations P.C. or Prof. Corp. ORS §58.115


LLC:

The name of the limited liability company shall contain the words limited liability company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. ORS §63.094


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. ORS §65.094

Pennsylvania

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "company", "incorporated", or "limited" or an abbreviation of any of these terms, the word "association", "fund", or "syndicate", or words or abbreviations of like import.  Pennsylvania Code Title 15 §203


Professional Corporation:

May contain the word "and" or any symbol or substitute therefore, the word "associates", and the term "P.C.". Pennsylvania Code Title 15 §2921


LLC:

Must contain the term "company", "limited", or "limited liability company" or an abbreviation of one of those terms, or words or abbreviations of like import. Pennsylvania Code Title 2 §204


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Pennsylvania Code Title 15 §203

Rhode Island

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation," "company," "incorporated," or "limited," or an abbreviation of one of these words. R.I. Gen. Laws §7-1.2-401


Professional Corporation:

Shall end with the words "professional corporation" or "corporation" or "incorporated" or "limited" or the abbreviations "p.c." or "pc" or "corp." or "inc." or "ltd." R.I. Gen. Laws §7-5.1-7


LLC:

Shall end with either the words "limited liability company" or the upper or lower case letters "l.l.c." with or without punctuation, or, if organized as a low-profit limited liability company, shall end with either the words "low-profit limited liability company" or the abbreviation "L3C" or "13c" R.I. Gen. Laws §7-16-9


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. R.I. Gen. Laws §7-6-11

South Carolina

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company", or "limited", the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co.", or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language South Carolina Code of Laws §33-4-101


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", "service corporation", or "chartered" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "PC", or "P.A.", or "PA". South Carolina Code of Laws §33-19-150


LLC:

Must contain the words 'limited liability company' or 'limited company' or the abbreviation 'L.L.C.', 'LLC', 'L.C.', or 'LC'. 'Limited' may be abbreviated as 'Ltd.', and 'company' may be abbreviated as 'Co.'.  South Carolina Code of Laws §33-44-105


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. South Carolina Code of Laws §33-33-401

South Dakota

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Business Corporation:

A corporate name must contain the term, corporation, incorporated, company, or limited, or the abbreviation, corp., inc., co., or ltd., or terms or abbreviations of like import in another language. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-1A-401


Professional Corporation:

A corporate name must contain the term, corporation, incorporated, company, or limited, or the abbreviation, corp., inc., co., or ltd., or terms or abbreviations of like import in another language. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-1A-401


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain, limited liability company, or limited company, or the abbreviation, L.L.C., LLC, L.C., or LC. Limited may be abbreviated as Ltd. and company may be abbreviated as Co. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-34A-105


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. South Dakota Codified Laws §47-22-7

Tennessee

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word “corporation,” “incorporated,” “company,” or the abbreviation “corp.,” “inc.,” “co.,” or words or abbreviations of like import in another language (provided they are written in roman characters or letters. Tenn. Code Ann. §48-14-101


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "professional corporation", "professional association", or "service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C.", "P.A.", or "S.C.". Tenn. Code Ann. §48-101-609


LLC:

Must contain the words "limited liability company," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language; provided, that they are written in roman characters or letters. Tenn. Code Ann. §48-207-101


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Tenn. Code Ann. §48-54-101

Texas

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Business Corporation:

The name of a corporation or foreign corporation must contain: (1) the word "company," "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited"; or (2) an abbreviation of one of those words. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.054


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the word "associated", "associates", or "association"; the phrase "professional association"; or an abbreviation of one of those words. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.058


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company or a foreign limited liability company doing business in this state must contain: (1)the phrase "limited liability company" or "limited 3 company"; or (2) an abbreviation of one of those phrases. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.054


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Texas Business Organizations Code §5.054 and Texas Business Organizations Code c22

Utah

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Business Corporation:

The name of a corporation: (a) except for the name of a depository institution as defined in Section 7-1-103, shall contain: (i) the word: (A) "corporation"; (B) "incorporated"; or (C) "company"; (ii) the abbreviation: (A) "corp."; (B) "inc."; or (C) "co."; or (iii) words or abbreviations of like import to the words or abbreviations listed in Subsections (1)(a)(i) and (ii) in another language. Utah Code §16-10a-401


Professional Corporation:

Shall contain the terms: "professional corporation" or "P.C.". Utah Code §16-11-16


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C.", or "LC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". Utah Code § 48-3a-108


Nonprofit Corporation:

The corporate name of a nonprofit corporation: (a) may, but need not contain: (i) the word "corporation," "incorporated," or "company"; or (ii) an abbreviation of "corporation," "incorporated," or "company". Utah Code §16-6a-401

Vermont

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. 11A V.S.A. §4.01


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the words "professional corporation," "professional association," "limited," or "service corporation" or the abbreviation "P.C." , "P.A.", "LTD.", or "S.C." 11 V.S.A. §825


LLC:

Except for a low-profit limited liability company, the name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization shall contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "LLC," "L.C.," or "LC." The word "limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.".  11 V.S.A. §4005


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. 11B V.S.A. §4.01

Virginia

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Business Corporation:

A corporate name shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd." Such words and their corresponding abbreviations may be used interchangeably for all purposes. Code of Virginia §13.1-630


Professional Corporation:

May use the initials "P.C." or "PC" or the phrase "professional corporation" or "a professional corporation" at the end of its corporate name. Code of Virginia §13.1-544.1


LLC:

A limited liability company name shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or their abbreviations "L.C.," "LC," "L.L.C.," or "LLC." Code of Virginia §13.1-1012


Nonprofit Corporation:

Not required. Code of Virginia §13.1-829

Washington

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.". RCW §23.95.305


Professional Corporation:

Must contain either the words "professional service" or "professional corporation" or the abbreviation "P.S." or "P.C." The name may also contain either the words "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," "Co.," or "Ltd." The name of a professional service corporation organized to render dental services must contain the full names or surnames of all shareholders and no other word than "chartered" or the words "professional services" or the abbreviation "P.S." or "P.C." RCW §23.95.305


LLC:

Must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," the words "Limited Liability" and abbreviation "Co.," or the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC" RCW §23.95.305


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall not include or end with "incorporated," "company," "corporation," "partnership," "limited partnership," or "Ltd.," or any abbreviation thereof, but may use "club," "league," "association," "services," "committee," "fund," "society," "foundation," ". . . . . ., a nonprofit corporation," or any name of like import. RCW §23.95.305

West Virginia

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Business Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. West Virginia Code §31D-4-401


Professional Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited", or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd.", or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. West Virginia Code §31D-4-401


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company must contain "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviation "L.L.C.", "LLC", "L.C." or "LC". "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and "company" may be abbreviated as "Co.". West Virginia Code §31B-1-105


Nonprofit Corporation:

Must contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd.," or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. West Virginia Code §31E-4-401

Wisconsin

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Business Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited" or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Wisconsin Statutes §180.0401


Professional Corporation:

May bear the last name of one or more persons formerly or currently associated with it. A service corporation may adopt a name which does not include the surname of any present or former shareholder. The corporate name shall end with the word "chartered" or "limited", or the words "service corporation", or the abbreviation "ltd." or "S.C.". Wisconsin Statutes §180.1907


LLC:

The name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization must contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited liability co." or end with the abbreviation "L.L.C." or "LLC". Wisconsin Statutes §183.0103


Nonprofit Corporation:

Shall contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "company" or "limited" or the abbreviation "corp.", "inc.", "co." or "ltd." or words or abbreviations of like import in another language. Wisconsin Statutes §181.0401

Wyoming

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Business Corporation:

Unclear; apparently any of "corporation," "company," "incorporated," and probably the usual abbreviations of "Corp." "Co." and "Inc."


Professional Corporation:

Unclear; apparently any of "corporation," "company," "incorporated," and probably the usual abbreviations of "Corp." "Co." and "Inc."


LLC:

The name must include the words Limited Liability Company, or its abbreviations LLC, L.L.C., Limited Company, LC, L.C., Ltd. Liability Company, Ltd. Liability Co., or Limited Liability Co. .  WY Stat §17-29-108


Nonprofit Corporation:

Unclear; apparently any of "corporation," "company," "incorporated," and probably the usual abbreviations of "Corp." "Co." and "Inc."

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