Uslaw Ibls Corporate GovernanceCorporate Governance covers a wide range of activities from start-up through going public to winding down. Corporations are regulated by all levels of government in the United States. A sole practitioner begins a business by registering with the city or county and obtaining a business license. As the business expands, registration and reporting ratchets up to the state level with the registration of corporations of many kinds. If the business becomes a public entity, the federal government gets into the regulation process by requiring disclosure of business information and registration of business patents and trademarks.