How to keep information about side business private in Chamber of Commerce and un-listed on Internet?


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I am looking to incorporate a startup online business as a side business in california. I want to keep the information about my involvement private until I'm somewhat confident about the enterprise. After that I can go public.

Would some information-digging website (such as corporationwiki) be able to dig officer information etc and post it online? How do these sites obtain this information?

It's been suggested that creating an LLC in Wyoming or Nevada can keep it private.
But the company would still need to register as a "foreign entity" in CA, which would make its officer/director information public. So, llc in nevada/wyoming would not work.

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asked May 14 '13 at 16:01
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Joe Black
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There's no way to avoid it in California. LLC members/Corporate officers is a public record.

answered May 14 '13 at 17:32
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Littleadv
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  • Couldn't the foreign LLC be the member/manager of the CA LLC? – Michael Blackburn 5 years ago
  • @MichaelBlackburn but then that managing LLC will have to register as foreign LLC itself. – Littleadv 5 years ago
  • OH, CA! ME IL... – Michael Blackburn 5 years ago
  • Officers are public records but that information can only be obtained by paying a fee to CA state. I have heard that their are websites who still somehow obtain this information and plaster it over the internet. My question is - a) what are such sites that do this? b) why would these sites pay to obtain this information? It seems to me that any websites that post officer information (corporationwiki, manta, bizpedia, mycompany...) do so not by paying the state but by obtaining this inforamtion from other sources on the internet. I have been searching for some answers to these, thanks. – Joe Black 5 years ago
  • @joe they get it through the FOI requests from the State. – Littleadv 5 years ago
  • The FOI act does not apply to private companies, so it can't be used for this purpose (http://www.fas.org/sgp/foia/citizen.html). But paying fee for this can't be true. Sorry not sure if there is something I am missing in your explanation. – Joe Black 5 years ago
  • @joe what do you mean? FOI request from the secretary of state, not private companies. – Littleadv 5 years ago
  • The FOI act does not apply to private companies. So Secretary of State can't release private company's information using FOI act. If someone can answer my original query, I'll appreciate it. – Joe Black 5 years ago
  • @Joe I'm not sure I understand what you're arguing about. Officers of corporation and members of LLC is a public record. Anyone can get this information. That is for California, at least. That is the answer to your question. Your link is to a Federal law. Not sure how it is relevant to the discussion. – Littleadv 5 years ago
  • Question from an earlier post. – Joe Black 5 years ago
  • My question is - a) what are such sites that do this? b) why would these sites pay to obtain this information? They have to pay a fee for this. – Joe Black 5 years ago
  • @Joe yes there are, and yes they would. There are enough people paying "subscription" money to take their info off to make it worth their while. – Littleadv 5 years ago
  • not true wrong information – Joe Black 5 years ago
  • @Joe what part of it? And if you're so sure - why do you bother asking? – Littleadv 5 years ago
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