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LA245: Introduction to Law

Starting a Business - Corporation

A business’s form is an important legal and strategic decision. Any research you do regarding a business should include looking at its form and any public filings associated with it. To gather this information, look at company information listings from library. For general information about business forms, see the Secretary of State website for the state in which the business is organized.

There are particular legal concerns for any business organized as a corporation. These issues can range from tax considerations to office and director liability. Research on corporations can include company sources, industry sources, as well as publicly available filings. Many news publications cover cases involving officer and director liability. Forming a corporation is also a common research topic, and the Secretary of State website for the state in which the business is organized is a good first stop.

Company Overview

Company Financials

Private Company Information

Information on private companies, especially financial information is challenging to find.  Company overviews and articles from business and trade publications are good sources for private company information.

Industry Information

For additional resources, see the BU School of Law Libraries Corporate Law guides.  Some of the resources on the Law Library’s guides are only accessible by BU Law students, but the law guides do provide a more detailed coverage of the subject.

For additional resources, see the Company Information Sources guide, the Industry Information Sources guide, the Entrepreneurship and New Ventures guide and the Financing Business Ventures guide.

Assistant Head, Information Services

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Kathleen Berger
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