Week 5

CO.STARTERS Resources/Forms

Socially-Minded Entities

This short paper by Americans for Community Development explains what an L3C is and why it was created.

This website is full of information on the potential of B Corps. 

The Aspen Institute provides a brief overview of the emerging socially-minded business landscape and explores whether or not a new legal approach is merited. 

Registering a Business

The Small Business Association provides articles on naming and registering your business.

Licenses & Permits

This article from the Small Business Administration gives an overview of federal licenses and permits needed, by industry.

For your convenience, this page has links to every state's licensing and permits website. Just click on your state to get started.

Just enter your zip code and industry and the SBA will connect you to what you specifically need to file.

This business guide from STOPfakes.gov is an essential starting point for understanding your intellectual property rights and finding the right protection for your business.

Learn more about how to apply for a patent through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Find out how to file for trademark or service mark protection for your business name, symbols and logos.
Books, movies, digital works, and musical recordings are all examples of copyrighted works. Refer to this guide from U.S. Copyright Office for more information on what protection copyright affords and the process of copyrighting your work.

Hiring Staff

Everything you need to know - from background checks and employee handbooks to determining whether you have an employee or contractor - explained by the SBA.

People work for people – they do not work for businesses. This article outlines why good employees leave - and how to keep them.