Small Business Guide

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Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

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

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: Registration of Business Name
  • Lesson 2: Business Structures
  • Lesson 3: Sole Proprietorship and Partnerships
  • Lesson 4: Corporation
  • Lesson 5: Limited Liability Company
  • Lesson 6: Licenses and Permits
  • Lesson 7: Intellectual Property
  • Lesson 8: Taxes
  • Lesson 9: Employees
  • Lesson 10: Insurance
  • Lesson 11: Finance --- Grants, Loans, Venture Capital

Course Materials

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

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written  assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1: Registration of Business Name10
Lesson 2: Business Structures10
Lesson 3: Sole Proprietorship and Partnerships9
Lesson 4: Corporation10
Lesson 5: Limited Liability Company9
Lesson 6: Licenses and Permits9
Lesson 7: Intellectual Property9
Lesson 8: Taxes10
Lesson 9: Employees10
Lesson 10: Insurance10
Lesson 11: Finance – Grants, Loans, Venture Capital10
The Final Exam50
Total Points:157

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