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Sole Proprietor

The one and only owner of an unincorporated business. That is, the business of a sole proprietor is not a corporation, a limited liability company, or anything else. The sole proprietor must list all profits and losses on his/her personal tax return and does not file a separate return for the business. Additionally, the sole proprietor is personally responsible for all losses and debts the business incurs. Some small businesses begin as sole proprietorships and then become something else. Other sole proprietorships are part-time businesses that the owners operate on the side.
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proprietor

The owner of a one-person business.
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proprietor

the owner of a business. See SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP, PARTNERSHIP, JOINT-STOCK COMPANY.
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Proprietor

The sole owner of a trade or business.
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Indeed, at this new demand on the carpenter's part, the proprietor of the Seven Gables was even more thunder-struck than at the cool proposition to surrender his house.
"Can we give this gentleman anything to eat, mother, or can we not?" said the proprietor.
But between the office and the cloak room was a small private room without other outlet, sometimes used by the proprietor for delicate and important matters, such as lending a duke a thousand pounds or declining to lend him sixpence.
Taking the slow step first: it certainly was not the step of the proprietor. Men of his type walk with a rapid waddle, or they sit still.
He remembered that the proprietor had told him that he should lock the door, and would come later to release him.
When the twelve guests first trooped into their seats it was the custom (for some unknown reason) for all the fifteen waiters to stand lining the wall like troops presenting arms to the king, while the fat proprietor stood and bowed to the club with radiant surprise, as if he had never heard of them before.
The gait of the good proprietor was indeed his usual gait, but his face was by no means usual.
The proprietor repeated the open-handed gesture with even greater helplessness and in a flash all the men at the table were on their feet.
The proprietor turned upon him, quaking in a kind of palsy of surprise.
Most of the Fishermen followed the proprietor to the front room to demand news of any exit.
In the proprietor's private quarters he called out breezily for a syphon of soda water, saying he was thirsty.
All the other men present drifted away to carry the recovered silver to their comrades, or to consult the proprietor about the queer condition of affairs.