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The 3 Hires I Wish I

The 3 Hires I Wish I'd Made Sooner

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Here are the commonly overlooked positions that will help you smooth out operations at and help grow your company.
April 14, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Sriracha Factory Given 90-Day Ultimatum as Spicy Fumes Declared a

Sriracha Factory Given 90-Day Ultimatum as Spicy Fumes Declared a 'Public Nuisance'

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With residents of Irwindale, Calif., complaining of a burning sensation in their eyes and throats, a Sriracha factory must clean up shop.
April 10, 2014 in Business News
Does a 6-Hour Workday Lead to Better Productivity? Sweden

Does a 6-Hour Workday Lead to Better Productivity? Sweden's About to Find Out.

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An economic experiment set to be held in Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg, will see the hours of an average workday slashed in hopes of enhancing productivity.
April 9, 2014 in Lifestyle

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3 Practical Ways to Save on Attorney Fees

3 Practical Ways to Save on Attorney Fees

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Your attorney's billable hours can stack up fast, so here are some tips that can lower your bill.
April 9, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Bankrupt Quiznos Settles With Franchisees in Cost Dispute

Bankrupt Quiznos Settles With Franchisees in Cost Dispute

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The bankrupt sandwich chain has reached a settlement with 12 defunct franchisees who were suing the company for about $40 million.
April 8, 2014 in Franchises
Paula Deen Abruptly Shuts Down Restaurant Without Informing Employees

Paula Deen Abruptly Shuts Down Restaurant Without Informing Employees

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The former Food Network star shuttered Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which she co-owned with her brother for over 10 years.
April 4, 2014 in Business News
By Cutting Out Content Providers, Is Aereo Gaming the System?

By Cutting Out Content Providers, Is Aereo Gaming the System?

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Startup's streaming of live TV content on the internet will be at the center of a Supreme Court case soon.
April 2, 2014 in Technology
Does Your Business Put You at Risk of Lawsuits?

Does Your Business Put You at Risk of Lawsuits?

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Things don’t always go as planned. The more you know ahead of time, the better you can prepare in order to minimize your risk.
March 28, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Mario Batali

Mario Batali's Eataly Forced to Close Wine Store for Six Months

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Eataly violated a code that prohibits businesses from concurrently operating a wine store while importing or manufacturing one's own wines.
March 27, 2014 in Business News
Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention Secrets

Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention Secrets

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As Apple prepares to wage yet another patent suit against Samsung, a key engineer is sharing insight into the enigmatic company's creative processes.
March 27, 2014 in Technology
Learning From March Madness: Why Filing an Extension Could Be Your Sleeper Tax Strategy

Learning From March Madness: Why Filing an Extension Could Be Your Sleeper Tax Strategy

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Business owners should take a cue from 'bracketologists' and embrace unconventional wisdom when it comes to filing an extension this season.
March 27, 2014 in Money
Thank You Very Much, Now Stop: Putting an End to Excessive Lawyering

Thank You Very Much, Now Stop: Putting an End to Excessive Lawyering

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Excessive lawyering is the client’s natural enemy. Here are a few pieces of advice on how to make sure you are on the same page as your lawyer and your expectations are met.
March 26, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Writing Social Media Guidelines for Your Company? Tread Carefully.

Writing Social Media Guidelines for Your Company? Tread Carefully.

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Be aware of rules that protect employees' freedom of speech as well as the firm's ability to safeguard trade secrets and confidential business information.
March 25, 2014 in Social Media
Want a Celebrity Endorsement on Twitter? 3 Legal Precautions to Know.

Want a Celebrity Endorsement on Twitter? 3 Legal Precautions to Know.

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Before you shell out cash for a new e-spokesperson, make sure you're in the clear so no issues pop up later.
March 25, 2014 in Marketing
Counteracting Copyright and Trademark Infringement Online

Counteracting Copyright and Trademark Infringement Online

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Take protective measures and find out how enforcement actions can provide your businesss relief.
March 24, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Sticky Fingers: Man Claims IHOP Stole His

Sticky Fingers: Man Claims IHOP Stole His 'Pancake Pile' App

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An app creator is reportedly suing IHOP's parent company for copying his 'Pancake Pile' app.
March 21, 2014 in Franchises
Tell Us: Is Michigan

Tell Us: Is Michigan's 'Free College Tuition' Proposal a Good One?

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A new law awaiting action in Michigan aims to realize the far-off dream of free college education, though there's a catch.
March 20, 2014 in Lifestyle
When Entrepreneurs Should Be Concerned About Copyrighting and Trademarking

When Entrepreneurs Should Be Concerned About Copyrighting and Trademarking

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Dealing with legalities like copyright and trademarks can be a confusing (and costly) matter for entrepreneurs. Our expert attorney Doug Wolf provides some insight into this gray area.
March 19, 2014 in Starting a Business
GoldieBlox and Beastie Boys Settle Legal Dispute

GoldieBlox and Beastie Boys Settle Legal Dispute

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The startup toymaker has reached a settlement with the band, which includes a public apology and donation to charity on the part of GoldieBlox.
March 18, 2014 in Business News
Uber, Lyft Expand Insurance to Cover Drivers Between Rides

Uber, Lyft Expand Insurance to Cover Drivers Between Rides

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Ridesharing startups Uber and Lyft are working to bridge the 'insurance gap' with updated protection policies for their drivers.
March 14, 2014 in Business News
EU Wants U.S. to Stop Using European Cheese Names

EU Wants U.S. to Stop Using European Cheese Names

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A not-so-'grate' proposal from the European Union to ban U.S. cheese makers from using names like Parmesan and Feta is stinking up trade negotiations.
March 12, 2014 in Business News
After Assault Footage Goes Viral, Perpetrator Sues Google for $200 Million

After Assault Footage Goes Viral, Perpetrator Sues Google for $200 Million

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Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Ynoa is suing Google, YouTube and Dailymotion over video footage that captured him drunkenly attacking a JetBlue airline attendant in 2011.
March 11, 2014 in Lifestyle
Put Your Kids to Work and Other Tax-saving Tips for Freelancers

Put Your Kids to Work and Other Tax-saving Tips for Freelancers

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What freelancers don't know can hurt them. Our experts outline the most common tax mistakes.
March 7, 2014 in Money
How to Find the Right Lawyer for You

How to Find the Right Lawyer for You

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It's important that you actually like your attorney, and that you understand the fee structure.
March 6, 2014 in Grow Your Business
3 Routes to Register Your Business Name

3 Routes to Register Your Business Name

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Your name is your brand, so it's important to protect it. Oh, and it's the law.
March 6, 2014 in Starting a Business
Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Doug Wolf.

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Doug Wolf.

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Attorney Doug Wolf wants to answer your big startup questions about trademarks, copyright, due diligence and working with venture groups.
March 5, 2014 in The 'Treps
How to Take Advantage of the “First-to-File” Patent System

How to Take Advantage of the “First-to-File” Patent System

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There were big changes last year to who acquires protection. Here are answers to four common questions.
March 4, 2014 in Grow Your Business
A Lesson in Oversharing: Dad Loses $80,000 Because Daughter Blabbed on Facebook

A Lesson in Oversharing: Dad Loses $80,000 Because Daughter Blabbed on Facebook

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Social media is a tool that can be easily abused. Make sure your employees don't overshare like this teen did.
March 3, 2014 in Social Media
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Arbitration
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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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