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Help Understanding Different Types of Companies

Businesses can be created in many different forms - incorporated businesses, limited partnerships, fictitious businesses, companies issuing stock and so on.

The way a business is set up helps determine legal and tax liability issues and which government agencies regulate it.

Here are several guides to doing business in California that explain the different types of companies and the government agencies with which each must file.

Starting a Business
At the California Secretary of State's website

Incorporate in California
At the Web site. Also see their section on Form an LLC in California.