A form of business ownership with a single owner who usually actively manages the company
A voluntary agreement under which two or more people act as co-owners of a business for profit.
A voluntary agreement under which two or more people act as co-owners of a business and have unlimited liability for any claims against the firm
A form of business ownership in which the business is considered a legal entity that is separate and distinct from its owners
articles of incorporations
The document filed with a state government to establish the existence of a new corporation.
When owners are not personally liable for claims against their firm. Limited liability owners may lose their investment in the company, but their personal assets are protected.
limited liability company
A form of business ownership that offers both limited liability to its owners and flexible tax treatment
A partnership that includes at least one general partner who actively manages the company and accepts unlimited liability and one limited partner who gives up the right to actively manage the company in exchange for limited liability.
limited liability partnership
A form of partnership in which all partners have the right to participate in management and have limited liability for company debts.
The most common type of business corporation, where ownership offers limited liability to all of its owners, also called stockholders.
The basic rules governing how a corporation is organized and how it conducts its business
An organization that pools contributions from investors, clients, or depositors and uses these funds to buy stocks and other securities
board of directors
The individuals who are elected by stock- holders of a corporation to represent their interests
A form of corporation that avoids double taxation by having its income taxed as if it were a partnership.
statutory close corporation
A corporation with a limited number of owners that operates under simpler, less formal rules than a C corporation.
A corporation that does not seek to earn a profit and differs in several fundamental respects from general corporations.
A corporate restructuring that occurs when two formerly independent business entities combine to form a new organization.
The transfer of total or partial ownership of some of a firm's assets to investors or to another company
a licensing agreement wherebu a franchisor allows franchisees to use its name, trademark, products, business methods and other property in exchange for monetary payments and other consideration
the business entity in a franchise relationship that allows others to operate their business using resources it supplies in exchange for money and other considerations
The party in a franchise relationship that pays for the right to use resources supplied by the franchisor
business format franchise
A broad franchise agreement in which the franchisee pays for the right to use the name, trademark, and business and production methods of the franchisor.
The contractual arrangement between a franchisor and franchisee that spells out the duties and responsibilities of both parties.
franchise disclosure document (FDD)
A detailed description of all aspects of a franchise that the franchisor must provide to the franchisee at least 14 calendar days before the franchise agreement is signed.