What are the pros and cons of for-profit and non-profit businesses?
I want to establish a place for military members who are being discharged from the service. There are so many places for military members who have been injured (not nearly enough) but nothing for those that are coming home. Most have left for the service right after high school, some right after college and come home with no job skills that can be translated onto a resume. I want to give them a place to get some job skills, an education, love and support from those who know what they have been through.
An important question for you is what you want to get out of it financially. While you are entitled to receive a reasonable salary for the services you render to a not-for-profit, you cannot take a portion of the profits that the entity generates (as you could if a shareholder of a for-profit corporation). On the other hand, you may be able to qualify for more government grants as a not-for-profit than a for-profit.
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