Legal & Patents

Starting and managing a business brings with it a host of legal issues. Use these resources to get information about contracts, regulations, patents, zoning issues, and more.

Structuring a Business

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/structuring_a_business)

There are four ways of structuring (or organizing) a business, a sole proprietorship, partnership,corporation, or limited liability company (LLC). Find out which one is right for you.

Regulations for Doing Business

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/regulations_for_doing_business)

You may need to obtain a license or a permit to operate certain types of businesses in Champaign or to develop property. Make sure you're in compliance with state and local standards by reviewing the rules and regulations here.

Registering a Business Name

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/registering_a_business_name)

Get information on how to register the name of your business in Illinois.

Building / Zoning Permits & Codes

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/permits_and_codes)

Before you start construction, learn about the necessary permits and rules for building and zoning in Champaign County.

Tax Laws

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/tax_laws)

Get the information you need to make sure your business is in compliance with state and federal tax laws.

Employee Relations

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/employee_relations)

Learn about employee rights and regulations: from hiring to firing and everything in between.

Contracts & Agreements

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/contracts)

Get it all in writing. What you need to know about contracts, forms and agreements for your business.

Trademarks, Patents, & Copyright

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/trademarks)

How to manage your intellectual property with trademarks, patents, and copyright.

Finding Legal Services

(http://champaign.org/business_know_how/legal_and_patents/services)

When it's time to call in the professionals, this is your resource for finding local legal help.

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