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What Legal Aspects Should I Consider When Starting A New Business?

Some aspects to consider are licenses required, zoning laws and other regulations that vary from state to state and business to business. Depending on the type of business you are running, you may also need establishment licenses, liquor licenses, delivery and/or transport licenses. Your local SBA office or Chamber of Commerce will provide you with general information. The first decision is to decide about your form of organization. You can choose to be a sole proprietorship, corporation, s corporation or partnership. Speak to your local CPA for advice specific to your business and location.

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