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Understanding LLCs

Entrepreneurs in Illinois and Michigan must choose how they would like new ventures to be managed and how they prefer their businesses to be taxed. A company may be established as a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation or a limited liability company. Each framework has its own sets of pros and cons, so people should review each one carefully.

Leadership for merger success

Businesses of varying sizes and across any industry in Chicago or Detroit may at some point entertain the idea of merging with another company. They may also eye the possibility of an outright purchase of another company in an acquisition. These transactions may be very beneficial to an organization and even allow it to compete better in a changing marketplace. Certainly, there are many financial issues to contend with when navigating a merger or acquisition but this is not the only element that contributes to the ultimate success of these deals.

Business' options under new tax law

Business owners in and around Chicago or Detroit know that they have to watch their bottom line and many things go into this. Taxes are one of the factors that can make a big difference to a company's profitability and vice versa. In light of the new tax law that went into effect this year, some companies might be looking at making some changes to take maximum advantage of the law or to avoid paying even more tax.

The basics of Sarbanes Oxley

Company executives in Michigan and Illinois who have worked for private companies but now may be looking to switch employment to a public company or who may work for a company looking to go public will quickly learn that a very different set of oversight is involved for publicly traded companies. There are many advantages for a business to becoming public including the infusion of cash into the business that happens with an initial public offering. But, executive staff must be educated about their responsibilities and understanding Sarbanes Oxley is a good place to start.

Evaluating corporate status and tax options

Entrepreneurs who are looking to start a new business always need to choose an operational stucture. In so doing, they also choose a corresponding tax model and when it comes to C and S corporations, the tax model can vary greatly. Many companies elect to use the S corporation structure in large part due to the tax advantages they enjoy compared to with a C corporation. However, with the new tax code in place, many companies may be re-evaluating this decision.

Common start-up problems

For many Chicago and Detroit residents who have taken the plunge, there is no better feeling than starting a new business. As thrilling as a new start-up can be, there are often an equal amount of stressors. One of those speed bumps involves the initial stages of the process. The following information goes over some of those common challenges, and what new business owners can do to avoid them.

Re-evaluating S and C corporation benefits

Like their counterparts around the nation, business owners, entreprenuers and executives in Michigan and Illinois are likely very interested to learn how the new tax plan might change some of the decisions they make about their ventures. One of these key decisions often faced is whether to establish a business as a traditional C corporation or as an S corporation.

What is a limited partnership?

As business-minded folk in Chicago like you work toward making your entrepreneurial dreams a reality, you're likely to run into questions of whether or not to get other people involved in your plans. There are plenty of different partnerships you can look into, and each offers its own benefits. Let's take a look at limited partnerships first.

Considerations in choosing a business model

People who are creating new businesses in Illinois must at some point make a choice about how they will structure their new company. As explained by Entrepreneur magazine, there are multiple factors that should be reviewed in order to ensure that the right selection for the company's needs and goals is made.

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