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Corporations, Business Organizations, and Associations Law

Starting a Business

  • Choosing a Form of Business Organization
  • Incorporation
  • Selecting a Business Name

  • Resources in this category:
       A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota (January 1, 2014) (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Small Business Assistance Office)
    "A discussion of many of the major issues faced by persons planning to start a new business in Minnesota. Topics include: choosing a form of organization; regulatory considerations; protecting intellectual property; business plans; accounting for the new business; business loans; insurance; issues for employers; business taxes; sources of information and assistance - including LawMoose, a resource directory, and a directory of licenses and permits; small business resources; and an index." A Minnesota favorite!

    Also available in print and on CD. 367 pages.

       Business Entities: An Overview (Minnesota Department of Revenue)
    "Here's a brief overview of the different types of entity choices available when starting a new business." Includes discussion of sole proprietorship, partnership, C corporation, S corporation, limited liability partnership and limited liability company. 2 pages with chart showing forms and filing requirements for each type of business entity.
       Find a Minnesota Entity (Minnesota Secretary of State Business Services)
       Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)
    "The Small Business Assistance Office, a part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, serves as a point of first and continuing contact for individuals and firms with questions about the start-up, operation or expansion of a business in Minnesota."
       Raising Capital: Securities Laws and Business Considerations by Fox Rothschild LLP (July 1, 2016) (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Business Assistance Office)
    According to a press release announcing the book issued July 10, 2003 by the Department of Employment and Economic Development's Communications Office, "Raising Capital offers a primer of information about legal and business issues that should be addressed by entrepreneurs and other business owners as they prepare for raising capital. It covers key topics like securities law, venture financing, private equity offerings, strategic alliances, initial public offerings, and raising capital via the Internet."

    7th ed. (July 2016). 185 pages.

       Starting a Business in Minneapolis - A Practical Guide by Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (September 28, 2005) (City of Minneapolis, Minnesota)
    "A guide for people planning to start a small neighborhood-based business in Minneapolis." 37 pages.
       Follow These 10 Steps to Starting a Business (U.S. Small Business Administration)
       Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager (MIT Open Courseware: Sloan School of Management)
    "This course provides a basic understanding of legal issues that corporations face during their existence. The course starts by providing the basic building blocks of business law. We then follow a firm through its life cycle from its "breakaway" from an established firm through it going public."

    Includes course syllabus, calendar, readings (including the article "Tort Law in a Peanut", lecture notes, and exams. Originally offered in spring, 2003.

       Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs - Financial Topics by Life Stage (FinancesOnline.org)
       Starting a Business (U.S. Small Business Administration)

    See also:
  • Buying or Selling a Business
  • Corporation and Other Business Organizations Forms & Documents
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