How to form a C-Corporation for Coffee


Coffee roasters can form a C-Corporation for their business. A C-corporation offers owners limited liability protection from personal lawsuits, which is a benefit to many small businesses that have less than $5 million in assets and are privately held. However, forming a C-corporation has several requirements beyond just filing the articles of incorporation with your state government. Read on to learn more about how to form a corporate structure for your coffee roasting business!

Decide the corporate name

  • Not too similar to another company’s name. If there are two businesses with names that are very similar, this could cause confusion and make one of them sound like a government agency or other type of organization that is not a business.
  • Easy for customers and potential investors/employees to remember. You want people who hear about your company by word of mouth or see it in print either online or in newspaper advertisements or magazines articles—or even see it printed on a coffee cup—to know exactly what kind of business they’re talking about when mentioning you. They’ll also want this because if they don’t recognize the name right away, then chances are high that others won’t either; thus making their lives harder when trying communicating with friends and loved ones about what particular product line they need help buying next time around!

Complete Articles of Incorporation

The Articles of Incorporation are a simple document that includes the following:

  • The name of the corporation. This can be anything you want it to be, but you’ll need to make sure it complies with your state’s requirements for business names. If your business has a website or social media accounts, this is also where you’ll want to include those names as well.
  • The address at which records will be kept—this should be in the same place as your corporate headquarters (if applicable).
  • How many shares of stock there will be in total and how many are allotted to each shareholder (you can also indicate whether or not these numbers are fixed).
  • A statement indicating what percentage of ownership each shareholder holds; if you’re operating under an LLC structure, this might mean percentages rather than specific numbers.

Choose Directors

  • The board of directors is the governing body of the corporation. There are no legal requirements for the number of directors, but most boards have between 3 and 15 members.
  • Directors are elected by shareholders at an annual meeting in which proxies may be used to appoint any number of directors.

Assign Shares of Stock

You’ll want to make sure that you’re assigning the correct number of shares and that each share is worth the same amount. Because this can be complicated, we recommend using an online calculator or a spreadsheet program like Excel.

To begin, decide how many shares your company will have overall. You might consider issuing 10 million shares in total, but start small and see if there’s a demand for more later on if your coffee business goes well. Next, decide what each class of stock will be worth; for example, let’s say one share costs $1 USD and another costs $2 USD per share (a common practice). This means that every time someone buys one share from you as part of their initial investment in your company (called an “IPO,” or initial public offering), they’ll receive two shares instead! That way everyone gets something valuable without paying too much money upfront; no one ever wants to feel like they overpaid when buying things from new companies because those companies aren’t yet established enough for customers to trust them yet (and rightfully so).

Now comes the part where we tell our readers how many shares have been assigned out based on these calculations: 1 million are available at $1 USD apiece while 2 million are available at $2 USD apiece—so far so good! These are called “Class A” shares versus “Class B” ones because they represent different types of investments aimed at different kinds  of investors who have different needs…


A C corporation is a business entity that is separate from its owners. They are usually taxed separately from their owners, and thus, pay federal income taxes, state income taxes and local income taxes.

The key takeaway point of the article is that a C corporation is the preferred form of organization for coffee shops to use because it offers tax advantages over other structures like sole proprietorships and partnerships.


After you’ve formed your C corporation and received your EIN, it’s time to start operating. This means creating By-laws for the company, choosing a board of directors and executive officers, issuing stock certificates (if desired), hiring employees or contractors and filing taxes. Your accountant can help guide through these steps as well, otherwise you can access Trademark Avenue for further assistance in this regard! We are happy to help.

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