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Business Legal Organizational Structures

Explore the variety of business organizational structures available to entrepreneurs, learn which may be best for your venture, and find tips and resources on setting it up.

Business Legal Organizational Structures
This article describes the differences among the six basic business organizational structures used by for-profit businesses in the United States.

Selecting the Legal Structure For Your Business
Excerpts from the Small Business Administration covering sole proprietorships, partnerships, and coporations, including discussions on getting started, control of the business, liability, continuity, transferability, and tax ramifications.

Goals Can Help You Decide Legal Structure
Jim Hopkins of USA Today shows how your long-term goals for the organization influence the selection of the appropriate business form.

Doing Business As (DBA) an Assumed Name: Why and How
An assumed name, or DBA (short for "doing business as"), gives entrepreneurs the ability to brand their businesses effectively with minimal cost. It allows sole proprietors to use a business name rather than their personal name. It also lets a single legal entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) operate multiple businesses without creating a new legal...

Doing Business As (DBA) an Assumed Name: Why and How
An assumed name, or DBA (short for "doing business as"), gives entrepreneurs the ability to brand their businesses effectively with minimal cost. It allows sole proprietors to use a business name rather than their personal name. It also lets a single legal entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) operate multiple businesses without creating a new legal...

Set Up a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
The Limited Liability Company, or LLC, has in recent years become the most popular legal structure for small businesses wishing to incorporate. The exact requirements vary slightly from state to state, but setting up an LLC is a relatively simple process that can usually be done in an hour or less.

Legal Structures
Hieros Gamos Legal Research Center provides excellent in-depth discussions of sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and non-profit corporations, including a handy feature comparison chart between the different structures.

Reader mail: LLC vs. S-corp
A detailed letter from a reader about choosing between a Limited Liability Company and a Subchapter "S" Corporation (S-Corp) raises questions about distribution of ownership, pass-through income, tax advantages and disadvantages, and franchise tax. We've got answers!

Small Business Legal Structures
No one legal structure is best suited for all entrepreneurial ventures. Here you'll learn the pros and cons of sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability corporations, and nonprofit corporations.

Forms of Ownership in Canada
For our Canadian visitors, your Small Business Information Canada Guide offers a feature article on "Choosing a Form of Business Ownership".

Small Business Legal Structures
No one legal structure is best suited for all entrepreneurial ventures. Here you'll learn the pros and cons of sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability corporations, and nonprofit corporations.

Legal Structures
Hieros Gamos Legal Research Center provides excellent in-depth discussions of sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and non-profit corporations, including a handy feature comparison chart between the different structures.

Goals Can Help You Decide Legal Structure
Jim Hopkins of USA Today shows how your long-term goals for the organization influence the selection of the appropriate business form.

Selecting the Legal Structure For Your Business
Excerpts from the Small Business Administration covering sole proprietorships, partnerships, and coporations, including discussions on getting started, control of the business, liability, continuity, transferability, and tax ramifications.

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