Small Business Law

Black's Law Dictionary Definition

Employment, occupation, profession, or commercial activity engaged in for gain or livelihood. Activity or enterprise for gain, benefit, advantage, or livelihood. Enterprises in which person engaged shows willingness to invest time and capital on future outcome. That which habitually busies or occupies or engages the time, attention, labor, and effort of persons as a principal serious concern or interest or for livelihood. [Pertaining towards small businesses]

See also: Small Business, Employment

Business Law is also commonly known as commercial law. This is a form of civil law; it can be either private law or public law. This type of law is specifically made to help the businesses of the country say within boundaries to work better together. It offers protection, especially to small companies. This includes: Contracts, the law of Corporations and other Business Organizations, Securities Law, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Secured Transactions, Commercial Paper, Income Tax, Pensions & Benefits, Trusts & Estates, Immigration Law, Labor Law, Employment Law and Bankruptcy.

Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration web page for more information.

Small Businesses make up the American economy. Business Law has been created to make sure everyone is treated fairly. Of course, not all law can work for everyone, especially huge corporations compared to a sole proprietor. David Whipple helps those who are in a small business have a fair chance.

A brief overview of common small business formations:

Sole Proprietorship

A business that one person's name is on all the business's assets. Many small businesses are under sole proprietorship, works well for small capital businesses. A sole proprietorship gives the least amount of protection, but it is the easiest to create. The line of personal property and company property can be slim, and loss of personal items can be considered a part of the company assets when banks or creditors need to come in.


Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)

A non-corporate company in which the owner usually takes a very active role in the management but is protected against personal liability for the company's debts. For tax purposes, this form of business is treated as non-corporate. This is good for businesses that will bring in a higher income.

Non-Profit Organization

"Charitable organization that foster cultural and social unity to achieve objectives related to public service. The initial capital investment is provided by the founding members who do not expect its repayment or to gain financially from it. NPO’s are eligible for tax exempts and the donations that they receive usually are not subject to taxes." Black's


A Partnership is basically the same as a sole proprietorship, but with two or more individuals. They typically share the responsibility of management, income, and debts. Each partner will be responsible for any debts of the partnership.

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