Shania Jackson is a mature Christian thinking of opening a Christian coffeehouse near Denver, Colorado. Her husband, Marvin, is open to making a contribution of capital to the business, but he has no interest in participating in its day-to-day operations or management.
Shania’s sister, Kelsey, is a new Christian who has told Shania that she’s been looking for an excuse to get out of the house and would love to be a part of the business. Kelsey’s husband, a non-Christian, opposes his wife’s involvement and has told her that he wants her to remain a stay-at-home mom to their 2 children.
Shania’s neighbor, Carlos, is a non-Christian who has also expressed an interest in participating in the business as a way to earn extra income. Carlos thinks the “Christian thing” has potential with all the big churches in the area, including a Mormon temple and a large Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Shania has considered organizing her business as a sole proprietorship, a partnership of some sort, a small corporation, an LLC, or even a joint venture. She is thinking of calling the business “The Gathering Place.”
Advise Shania on the following decisions:
- Which of the business entities under consideration best accomplishes her business goals? Thoroughly explain the reasons for your recommendation.
- Perform a corporate name search using the Explore: Business Database Search to determine if the name Shania is considering is available for use in the State of Colorado. Also, assess whether the name is available as a trademark. Even if the name is available, advise Shania on whether it is a good choice. Thoroughly explain the reasons for your recommendations.
- Advise Shania on which of the interested persons she should include in her business, in what role(s), and why. Your analysis must include Biblical perspectives, such as Biblical considerations of marriage, and business relationships with non-believers. Thoroughly explain the reasons for your recommendations.