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Can the board of directors vote to create a DBA or should this be brought to the memebership?
We are a local organization of artists who are finding that our name is restrictive and limiting (we're a small non-profit 501 c-3 corporation) In this instance, can the board of directors vote to create a DBA to update our name or are we required to bring it to the general membership for discussion and vote? We have over 200 members and over 70 attend any given meeting. Our name is restricting our growth and, while I do not want to loose our original name, we want to create a new more inclusive name. We will keep our accounts and tax reporting in the original name of our corporation. I need to know the proper procedure within the group for this change.