Chargebacks Glossary

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DBA stands for "doing business as," also known as a trade name or fictitious business name. In the payments industry, DBA refers to a name under which a business operates that differs from its legal name. Many businesses use DBAs to create branding or marketing identities that better resonate with customers.

DBAs are important for merchant identification and branding purposes, particularly for smaller businesses or sole proprietors. Merchants often display their DBA names on receipts and invoices instead of their legal names when processing payments. This practice helps businesses maintain a consistent brand identity and aids in customer recognition. 

Additionally, DBAs can facilitate easier communication and marketing efforts. They provide businesses with a recognizable and memorable name that aligns with their products or services.

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