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Choosing the appropriate organizational structure for your business is one of the most important decisions to make at the start of the business, and may require advice from an attorney, an accountant or some other knowledgeable business advisor.

The options below provide brief descriptions of the principle types of business organization, their registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The information is available in video, audio, and text format.

Which Business Structure is Right for You?

Sole Proprietorship

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the sole proprietorship entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a sole proprietorship.

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General Partnership

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the general partnership entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a general partnership.

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Limited Partnership

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the limited partnership entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a limited partnership.

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Limited Liability Partnership

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the limited liability partnership entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a limited liability partnership.

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Corporation

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the corporation entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a corporation.

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Limited Liability Company

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the limited liability company entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a limited liability company.

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Non-For-Profit Corporation

Select an option below to view or listen to a brief description of the not-for-profit corporation entity type, its registration requirements, and the advantages and disadvantages of a not-for-profit corporation.

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Common Business Licenses/Permits

Many businesses require some form of permitting or registration at the state or local level. Follow the link below to view a partial list of common lines of business that require registration/licensing/permits with specific agencies/commissions or local government. Learn More

Check Name Availability/Reserve a Name

You should not begin using a business name until you are certain that it is available for use. A business name is not available if it is already being used by an existing business on file with the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State.

Once you have an idea of what name you want for your business, you may check to see if it is already taken by performing a name availability search.

A name may also be reserved to ensure availability. A name reservation is not required and is effective for 120 days from the date of filing.

Check Name Availability/Name Reservation | Register Business Business Entity Search

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