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Forms of Ownership

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Forms of Ownership BUS 10123-002

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Notes on the forms of ownership
Exploring Business
Dr. Diane DeRubertis
Class Notes
Sole, Proprietorship, Partnership, general, limited, investment, Corporation, domestic, Foreign, alien, private, Public, initial, quasi-public, non-profit, stock, Joint, venture, S-Corp, LLC, Co-op, merger, acquisition, Corporate, raider, poison, pill, shark, repellant, white, knight, leveraged, buyout
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Date Created: 05/20/16
FORMS OF OWNERSHIP Sole Proprietorship ● owned and operated by one person ● most common form of business in the US ● 15-20 million in US ○ ¾ of all businesses ● men 2x more likely than women to start own business ○ restaurants ○ hair salons ○ flower shops ○ dog kennels ○ independent grocery stores Partnership ● an association of two or more person who carry on as co-owners of a business profit ● articles of partnership = legal documents that set forth the basic agreement between partners ● general partnership = involves a complete sharing in both the management and the liability ● limited partnership = at least one general partner, who assumes unlimited liability and at least one limited partner whose liability is limited to his investment in the business ● keys to success ○ keep profit sharing and ownership at 50-50 ○ different and complementary skill sets ○ honesty ○ face-to-face communications ○ share info ○ experience ○ family is priority ● relationships, not partnerships Corporations ● legal entities created by the state whose assets and liabilities are separate from its owners ○ created under the laws of the state ○ have most of the rights of the people ○ typically owned by shareholders ● articles of incorporation = legal documents with basic info about the business with the appropriate state office (often the secretary of state) ● types of incorporations ○ domestic corporation = does business in the state where it’s chartered ○ foreign corporation = does business in other states ○ alien corporation = does business outside the nation in which it’s incorporated ● types of corporations ○ private = owned by one or a few people closely involved in managing the business ○ public = anyone can buy, sell, or trade its stock ○ initial public offering = private company wishing to go public to rase capital and expand ■ sells stock on public markets for the first time ○ quasi-public = owned and operated by the federal, state, or local gov’t ■ NASA ■ US postal service ○ non-profit = provides a service rather than earns a profit but is not owned by a gov’t entity ■ Mercy corps ● elements of corporation = a group of people elected by the stockholders to oversee the general operation of the corporation ○ sets the long-range objectives ○ inside directors = people who serve on a board and are employed by the corporation ○ outside directors = people who serve on a board who are not directly affiliated with the corporation ■ usually executives of other corporation ● stock ownership ○ preferred stock = special type of stock whose owners, though not generally having a say in running the company, have a claim to profits before other stockholders do ○ common stock = stock whose owners have voting rights in the corporation, yet do not receive preferential treatment regarding dividends ● transfer of ownership ● expansion potential Other Types of Ownership ● joint venture = partnership established for a specific project or for a limited time ○ control can be divided equally, or with one party taking more responsibility ● S-corporation (S-corp) = taxed as though it were a partnership (no double-taxation) with restrictions on shareholders ○ very popular with entrepreneurs because it eliminates double-taxation ○ combines the taxation structure of partnerships with legal environment of C-corporations ○ qualifications ■ only 1 class of stock ■ less than 100 shareholders ■ shareholders must be US citizens ● limited liability company (LLC) = form of ownership that provides limited liability and taxation like a partnership but places fewer restrictions on members ● cooperative (co-op) = people or small businesses that have banded together to reap the benefits of belonging to a larger organization ○ popular with small farmers and artisans ○ gives small producers more power as a group Trends in Ownership ● merger = the combination of two companies (usually corporations) to form a new company ○ horizontal = similar companies ○ vertical = different but related levels ○ conglomerate = unrelated companies ● acquisition = purchase of one company by another, usually by buying its stock or assuming its debts ○ corporate raider = company who wants to take over other company ■ first offers to buy some or all of its stock at a premium in a tender offer ○ poison pill = allows stockholders to buy more shares of a stock at lower prices than the current market value to head off a hostile takeover ○ shark repellant = management requires a large majority of stockholders to approve a takeover ○ white knight = a more acceptable firm who is willing to acquire a threatened company ● leveraged buyout = a group of investors borrow money from banks and other institutions to acquire a company ○ mergers/acquisitions have been criticized ○ executives have to focus excessively on avoiding takeovers, not on managing the business


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