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6 May, 2015 - 17:10

A corporation is an legal entity created by state law. It has a distinct and separate existence from the individuals who created it, and those who control its operations. Corporations are commonly classified as profit or nonprofit, and public or nonpublic. A profit corporation's survival depends upon its ability to make profits. A not-for-profit corporation relies on donations and grants. Public corporations issue stock that is widely held and traded. Shares of a nonpublic corporation are usually held by a small number of individuals. Regardless of the form or purpose of corporations, all must be created according to either state or federal statutes.