A business that is owned, and usually managed, by one person.
A legal form of business with two or more owners.
A legal entity with authority to act and have liability separate from its owners.
Responsibility of business owners for all of the debts of the business.
A partnership in which all owners share in operating the business and in assuming liability for the business's debts.
A partnership with on or more general partners and one or more limited partners.
An owner/partner who has unlimited liability and is active in managing the firm.
An owner who invests money in the business but doesn't have any management responsibility or liability for losses beyond investment.
Responsibility of a business's owners for losses only up to the amount they invest; (limited partners and shareholders)
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
Partnership that limits partners' risk of losing their personal assets to only their own acts and omissions and to the acts and omissions of people under their supervision.
Convential (C) Corporation
State-chartered legal entity with authority to act and have liability separate from its owners.
Unique government creation that looks like a corporation but is taxed like sole proprietorships and partnerships.
Result of 2 firms forming 1 company.
1 company's purchase of property and obligations of another company.
Joining of 2 companies involved in different stages of related businesses.
Joining of 2 firms in same industry.
Joining of firms in completely unrelated industries.
Leveraged Buyout (LBO)
An attempt by employees, management, or a group of investors, to purchase an organization primarily through borrowing.
Agreement whereby someone with a good idea for a business sells the rights to use the business name and sell a product or service to others in a given territory.
Company that develops a product concept and sells others the rights to make and sell the products.
Right to use a specific business's name and sell its products or services in a given territory.
Person who buys a franchise.
Business owned and controlled by the people who use it--producers, consumers, or workers with similiar needs who pool their resources for mutal gain.