Course Syllabus: Business Law for Entrepreneurs


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Course Description

This course provides the important legal information you want as an entrepreneur and business owner. The course is ideal for helping you decide important factors to consider when leaving your current employer and taking the jump to your own business. We discuss the important components of business operational structures so you understand how to structure your business for legal and tax purposes. Next, we show you how to raise startup capital and venture capital if you need it. These concepts are complemented with the necessary legal protection you need to protect yourself as an employer as we cover employment law for hiring, and firing. Then we cover all of the taxation and liability insurance requirements you have for your business as well as the necessary pieces of contracts you will use in your business. After these foundational aspects we also cover valuating your company and selling your company when you want to move on to the next big venture as an entrepreneur.

This course provides you the lessons you need to help you mitigate risk, ensure growth, and steer you clear of potential pitfalls. We show you how to protect what you have developed and what to do to avoid bankruptcy. All of the aspects you need for planning the perfect business environment are included. Experts say the best businesses are those that are carefully planned and can therefore stand the test of time. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required

Course Topics

Course Lessons

Lesson 1: Deciding to leave your employer the pros and cons

We give you the pros and cons in a simple format so you can see what fits best for you as for when to make the jump. This lesson contains all of the questions you need to ask yourself to make a decision.
 

Lesson 2: Business types - Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships, S Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

We discuss all of the business formats so you can be sure which one is right for you and what structure suits your company the best.
 

Lesson 3: Franchises

We discuss the benefits, the requirements, and the key components of the Franchise Disclosure Document.
 

Lesson 4: Raising start-up capital

Do you know your financing needs? Do you know what your options are for financing? We discuss the loan options that are available for every style of entrepreneur.
 

Lesson 5: Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property is an important part of many business technology and industry companies. We show you how to protect what you have worked so hard to develop.
 
Lesson 6: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
Intellectual property law can be complex. We discuss the types of protection available, what they protect and discuss any potential issues.
 

Lesson 7: Employment Law

Managing the aspects of employment law is very complex. We help you understand the application and use of the laws for your venture including wages and benefits, safety and health, privacy, and discrimination.
 

Lesson 8: Forming a Contract, Contracts and Fraud, Sales Contracts

Contracts are necessary for the operation of many entrepreneurial businesses today. We explain contract development the easy way.
 
Lesson 9: Taxation and the Employer's Responsibilities, Government
Tax rules are based on the structure of your company and factors that are driven by law. We help you make sure you are following the requirements to minimize your risk.
 
Lesson 10: Property and ownership Issues
We review business property issues above and beyond those of intellectual property so you understand and can avoid potential problems.
 

Lesson 11: Operational Liabilities and Insurance

Perhaps one of the most important chapters, we show you the operational liabilities you must cover through insurance to protect your investment.
 

Lesson 12: Venture Capital

We show you how to be successful using venture capital. Venture capital is a relatively new method of financing your business when traditional banks and markets do not meet your needs.
 
Lesson 13: Valuating your company by industry and selling your company
We help you determine what all of your hard work is worth and how you value it using your income, assets, and market.
 

Lesson 14: Bankruptcy

We use this lesson to keep you in business and show you how to prevent and avoid bankruptcy using key tools. We also show you what to do in the unfortunate event you must file for bankruptcy. 

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz  . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know business types.
  • Describe franchises.
  • Identify ways for raising startup capital.
  • Know intellectual property rights.
  • Know patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.
  • Describe forming a contract, contracts and fraud, and sales contracts.
  • Know taxation, the employer's responsibilities, and government regulations.
  • Recognize property and ownership issues.
  • Know operational liabilities and insurance.
  • Define venture capital.
  • Describe methods for valuating your company by industry and selling your company, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Exam 112
Exam 212
Exam 312
Exam 412
Exam 511
Exam 612
Exam 711
Exam 812
Exam 912
Exam 1012
Exam 1112
Exam 1212
Exam 1312
Exam 1412
The Final Exam84
Total Points:250
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