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n. the owner of anything, but particularly the owner of a business operated by that individual.

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PROPRIETOR. The owner. (q.v.)

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Because of the comparative increased growth in female-owned businesses in relation to male-owned or jointly-owned businesses, the proportion of female-owned businesses grew, from less than 31 percent of the total number of sole proprietorships in 1985 to more than 37 percent in 2000.
The same is true for sole proprietorships, but they don't have the benefit of succession.
To the question if he being the director ECW FIA was he not supposed to know that there were different laws governing the setting up of companies, partnership firms and sole proprietorships, Zia replied he was not supposed to know such details and he was not subject specialist on all laws governing the ECW.
Unlike a sole proprietorship where the liabilities of the business entity are also the liabilities of the proprietor, in the case of corporations, the liabilities of the latter being a separate juridical entity are not the liabilities of the stockholders who constitute it.
The ministry urged owners of sole proprietorships and commercial companies to cancel or renew their expired CRs till March 31, 2018 to ensure accuracy of their establishments' data.
The number of expired CRs as on December 31st, 2016 stood at 117,038 including 75864 sole proprietorships and 41174 commercial companies.
The case requires students to perform the work of a hypothetical tax professional who is helping a client determine the federal tax implications of converting her sole proprietorship to a single-owner S corporation.
For all sole proprietorships, receipts increased 2.8 percent, while deductions increased 1.4 percent.
Therefore, lagged independent variables serve as good explanatory variables for current levels of proprietorship and, by construction, growth in proprietorships.
Corporate businesses (companies and public corporations) made up 69.5% of businesses, up 2.1%, while sole proprietorships made up 22.1% and partnerships 11.9%.
Most very small businesses are sole proprietorships, but neither the sole proprietorship nor the partnership offers personal financial or personal legal protection.
In October 2010, the number of new sole proprietorships established went up 19.23 percent when compared to the same month in 2009.