1. Should I do a partnership or LLC with my partner in Florida and give shares to my partner in Portugal? Or can I give them both ownership in the company?
2. Do I need to have a Florida State Business License along with a Kansas License too — especially if my Florida partner picks up some business?
1. With an LLC, all three of you can be founders. Once you create the LLC, make sure that it is treated as a partnership for tax purposes (if that’s what you want) instead of a C corp. An LLC is good for liability purposes. It is a “new hybrid” that combines the liability advantages of a corporation and the tax advantages of an partnership.
2. You mentioned that your Florida partner may pick up some business in Florida. Does he work from home? Do you have an office there? What exactly does he do there? The answer will help you determine whether you need a license there. If he occasionally works as business development from his home, then there is no need for a license. If you actually have an office there, then you need to register in the state of Florida.