In a business name, why would you use both co. ,inc? Should it be listed as one or the other such as: "abc co. " or "abc inc. "

Jeffrey Lippman ∙ July 26, 2019


The letters "Inc." or "Corp" are traditional USA abbreviations for a corporation. Company is not. Any business can be company. I can't speak to why every company does this, but suspect it is either personal preference or a history name with good will that was only later formally incorporated.


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