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The Pros and Cons of Sole Proprietorships
Starting a Business

The Pros and Cons of Sole Proprietorships

CPA Mark Kohler explains the advantages and disadvantages with this simple business structure.
Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Dies in U.S. Senate
Business News

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Dies in U.S. Senate

The massive project -- which could have benefited businesses large and small and created thousands of jobs -- faced mounting opposition from environmentalists and politicians.
Will Tesla Have to Franchise?
Franchises

Will Tesla Have to Franchise?

Elon Musk has hinted that Tesla may be considering a departure from the direct sales model, something industry insiders consider inevitable.

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Court Says Zynga Co-Founder to Face Lawsuit
Money

Court Says Zynga Co-Founder to Face Lawsuit

Allegations say the creator of FarmVille breached his duty of loyalty to shareholders.
Soylent Says Won
The 'Treps

Soylent Says Won't Sue Copycat Meal Replacement 'Schmoylent'

The original meal replacement company says it won't take legal action, but discouraged the knockoff from trying to compete.
Condé Nast to Pay $5.8 Million to Unpaid and Underpaid Interns
Leadership

Condé Nast to Pay $5.8 Million to Unpaid and Underpaid Interns

Interns triumphed over the publisher in a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns from magazines like Vogue and the New Yorker.
FCC Chief in Tough Spot After Obama Takes Firm Stance on Net Neutrality
Business News

FCC Chief in Tough Spot After Obama Takes Firm Stance on Net Neutrality

The president's public stance on net neutrality seems to create more questions than answers.
Startups Can Now Buy Insurance to Protect Themselves Against Patent Trolls
Technology

Startups Can Now Buy Insurance to Protect Themselves Against Patent Trolls

Which is good, but further proof that our patent system is broken.
S-Corps and Money Savings: What to Know
Money

S-Corps and Money Savings: What to Know

CPA Mark Kohler explains the connection between business structures and tax savings.
Apple Must Face U.S. Lawsuit Over Vanishing iPhone Text Messages
Business News

Apple Must Face U.S. Lawsuit Over Vanishing iPhone Text Messages

Lawsuit alleges that Apple failed to disclose that it would obstruct the delivery of 'countless' messages.
Obama Throws Support Behind Net Neutrality
Business News

Obama Throws Support Behind Net Neutrality

The president came out in favor of the protection of net neutrality with a statement laying out a proposal for the FCC.
Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Subsidies Case
Business News

Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Subsidies Case

The challenge is to a key part of the Obamacare health law that, if successful, would limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans.
U.S. Charges Texas Man With Running Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme
Business News

U.S. Charges Texas Man With Running Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

The man allegedly gained control of as much as 7 percent of the bitcoin market by promising investors up to 7 percent weekly interest.
U.S. Shuts Down Silk Road 2.0 Website
Business News

U.S. Shuts Down Silk Road 2.0 Website

Charges against the site's alleged owner carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Get Business Agreements in Writing
Grow Your Business

Get Business Agreements in Writing

You might be friends first, but keep things documented when entering a business arrangement.
Entrepreneurs: Protect Your Home and Your Business
Money

Entrepreneurs: Protect Your Home and Your Business

CPA Mark Kohler offers a simple way to think about protecting your assets.
Regret Swiping Left on Tinder? Soon You Can Pay to Undo It.
Social Media

Regret Swiping Left on Tinder? Soon You Can Pay to Undo It.

The online dating service is planning to roll out a premium version of its app.
Tinder Co-Founder Sean Rad Out as CEO
Leadership

Tinder Co-Founder Sean Rad Out as CEO

Investor IAC will keep Rad on until it finds an 'Eric Schmidt-like' replacement.
3 Big Patent Moves That Won
Grow Your Business

3 Big Patent Moves That Won't Generate Real Value

These missteps will waste your company's time, money and resources.
The International Franchise Board Tries to Dig Up Details on Labor Board
Franchises

The International Franchise Board Tries to Dig Up Details on Labor Board's 'Joint Employer' Decision

The IFA plans to file a request with the National Labor Relations Board to disclose the reasoning behind deeming franchisors 'joint employers.'
FTC Sues AT&T for
Business News

FTC Sues AT&T for 'Deceptive' Data Throttling

The mobile service provider is being accused of charging millions of customers for 'unlimited' data plans while cutting data speeds.
Protect Your Most Valuable Business Assets
Grow Your Business

Protect Your Most Valuable Business Assets

In the early stages of creating an enterprise, your most vital property is the big idea, invention or innovation. Here's how to safeguard it.
Looks Like Big Tech Is Winning the Battle With Patent Trolls
Technology

Looks Like Big Tech Is Winning the Battle With Patent Trolls

The trolls are in retreat in the wake of several changes in U.S. law.
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Grow Your Business

The 'George Costanza Defense' to Stealing Trade Secrets

When an employee is caught red-handed taking proprietary secrets, some feign ignorance to noncompete agreements. Here's how to handle it.
The Changes to Tax Laws You Need to Know
Money

The Changes to Tax Laws You Need to Know

Find out about Internal Revenue Code updates affecting small businesses that take effect this year and the next.
Sean Parker
Lifestyle

Sean Parker's Punishment for Eco-Unfriendly Wedding? He Has to Build an App.

The 'creative' settlement was reached with the California Coastal Commission after Napster founder Sean Parker came under fire for hosting an over-the-top wedding that allegedly damaged sensitive Redwood forests.
NYC Papa John
Franchises

NYC Papa John's Pizza Franchisee Sued for $2 Million

This is what happens when you allegedly underpay 400 delivery workers and shave hours from their paychecks.
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Arbitration
A formal dispute resolution process that's legally binding on the parties Read More »
Attorney
A person who's been formally trained in the law, especially one whose profession is advising others in matters of law... Read More »
Business License
A legal document that grants you the right to operate a business in your city... Read More »
Business Name
The name by which people know your business. Different from your dba--which is the legal name you register for your business... Read More »
Business Permits
A legal document that offers proof of compliance with certain city or state laws regulating structural appearances and safety... Read More »
Copyright
Exclusive legal rights that protect works of authorship, composition or artistry... Read More »
Corporation
A form of business operation that declares the business as a separate, legal entity... Read More »
Doing Business As (DBA)
The operating name of a company, as opposed to the legal name of the company... Read More »
Discrimination Policy
A document that outlines your company policies in regards to discrimination in hiring and management practices... Read More »
Intellectual Property
The ownership of ideas. Intellectual property is a collection of ideas and concepts... Read More »
Liability
Anything for which a company is legally bound or obligated, as to make good any loss or damage that occurs in a transaction... Read More »
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
A form of business organization with the liability-shield advantages of a corporation and the flexibility and tax pass-through advantages of a partnership... Read More »
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
A business organization that allows limited partners to enjoy limited personal liability while general partners have unlimited personal liability... Read More »
Noncompete Clause
Contracts between you and your employees in which your employees promise not to take what they learn while working for you and use it against... Read More »
Nonprofit Corporation
A business organization that serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law. .. Read More »
Partnership
A legal form of business operation between two or more individuals who share management and profits... Read More »
Patents
A form of protection that provides a person or legal entity with exclusive rights for making, using or selling a concept or invention and excludes others from doing the same for the duration of the patent... Read More »
S Corporation
A special form of corporation that allows the protection of limited liability but direct flow-through of profits and losses... Read More »
Sole Proprietorship
A business that legally has no separate existence from its owner... Read More »
Trademark
Any symbol, word or combination thereof used to represent or identify a product. A service mark means the same thing, but identifies a service... Read More »
Zoning
The division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas (zones), specifying the uses allowable for the property in these areas... Read More »
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