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Starting and operating a business is a minefield of rules and regulations. The regulations set in the moment you decide to start your own business. You need to get licenses and permits from the authorities. There are restrictions on the type of business you can operate in a neighborhood. Tax and employee regulations are perhaps the most strictly enforced regulations. Non-compliance can even lead to cancellation of the business license and at times, imprisonment.

This course will guide you on the main requirements of the regulations so that a business can develop a strategy for compliance. This course will also provide guides on how to protect the intellectual property of the business , the types of insurance a business must generally have in place, and sources of funding.

Every business has its own assets. You must know how to protect the assets of your business, such as: registering the intellectual property right of the business with the appropriate authorities; insuring the business against losses; growing your business with funding. Find out what you need to know so that you can focus on making your business successful.

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Lesson 1. Registration of Business Name

Starting and operating a business involves many issues. The business owner must comply with many regulations, federal, state and local. Lack of compliance can result in penalties and sometimes even imprisonment. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Advantages of Registering Business Name; Guide to Start a Business; Registering a Business Name
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Registration of Business Name

Lesson 2. Business Structures

Business structure is the way a business is organized, owned, and managed. The laws governing the business and its operations will depend on its structure. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Articles on Business Structures; Understanding Business Structures
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Business Structures

Lesson 3. Sole Proprietorship and Partnerships

Establishing a sole proprietorship is cheap, relatively uncomplicated,and easy; and it does not require any legal paperwork to be filed with the state or federal government. Once declared open, the business is up and running. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Partnership Structure; Sole Proprietorship; Sole Proprietorship Defined
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Sole Proprietorship and Partnerships

Lesson 4. Corporation

Incorporation means the forming of a new corporation. In the United States, it is often referred to by its abbreviation, "Inc." A corporation is a legal entity created through the laws of its state of incorporation. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Advantages and Disadvantages of a Corporation; S Corporation and C Corporation
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Corporation

Lesson 5. Limited Liability Company

A limited liability company, commonly called an "LLC," is a legal form of business company offering limited liability to its owners. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Advantages of Limited Liability Company; Hierarchy of Limited Liability Company; How to Form a Limited Liability Company
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Limited Liability Company

Lesson 6. Licenses and Permits

Once you have decided on starting your business, you will have to get the necessary permits and licenses from the relevant government authorities. The permits and licenses vary among jurisdictions. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Business Licenses and Permits; Licensing and Business Registration Requirements; Obtaining a Permit or a License to Start a Company
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Licenses and Permits

Lesson 7. Intellectual Property

Intellectual property means property of the mind or the intellect. Intellectual property is an important asset of your business. It is protected through law and can be owned, bequeathed, sold, or bought. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Overview on Intellectual Property
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Intellectual Property

Lesson 8. Taxes

All businesses have to pay federal income tax. Some states also impose income tax on businesses. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Corporate taxes; Federal business taxes
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Taxes

Lesson 9. Employees

Employees are an important asset. Hiring and managing employees involves many legal issues. A business with employees must comply with certain federal and state laws. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Employer and the Employee; Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Employees

Lesson 10. Insurance

As in life, nothing is certain in a business. There are many risks, some foreseeable and some unforeseeable. A business must insure itself against such risks. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Advantages of Liability Insurance; Property Insurance for Small Businesses
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Insurance

Lesson 11. Finance. Grants, Loans, and Venture Capital

Financing is very important for any business. No business can survive without financing. There are different ways in which a business can raise financing. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Beginning of Venture Capital; Funds for Business; Grants for Small Businesses
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Finance – Grants, Loans, Venture Capital
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Small Business Guide
Course Number: 8900100
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know registration of business name.
  • Know business structures.
  • Know sole proprietorship and partnerships.
  • Define corporation.
  • Define limited liability company.
  • Describe licenses and permits.
  • Know intellectual property.
  • Know taxes.
  • Describe hiring employees.
  • Describe insurance requirements and types.
  • Know finance options, including grants, loans, and venture capital, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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