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Embrace True Transparency, and You
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Embrace True Transparency, and You'll Experience More Success

Of course, you want to create a winning perception of your business, but there are instances where it's vital to be honest.
U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card
Business News

U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card 'Swipe Fees' Rules

The decision deals a blow to retailers, grocers and restaurant owners who argued the charges were unfairly high.
What Entrepreneurs Should Know About the Laws Protecting Children Online
Business News

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About the Laws Protecting Children Online

As the FTC cracks down on non-compliant businesses, understanding the importance of children's online privacy and protection is even more important for small businesses.

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Chastened Uber CEO Seeks Fresh Start for Ride Services in Europe
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Chastened Uber CEO Seeks Fresh Start for Ride Services in Europe

Uber's chief executive promised to create 50,000 new jobs this year across Europe in cities that are willing to reach deals to help his firm operate.
Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, or Destroy It
Money

Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, or Destroy It

Here are six considerations of when to sign an agreement with investors or other interested parties.
Bethenny Frankel Developing
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Bethenny Frankel Developing 'Skinnygirl Marijuana,' a Munchie-Free Weed Strain

Amid growing legalization, the reality television star-turned-entrepreneur wants in on the white-hot marijuana industry.
Why Whole Foods, Dollar General, and Panera Have All Been Sued Over a Tiny Hiring Technicality
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Why Whole Foods, Dollar General, and Panera Have All Been Sued Over a Tiny Hiring Technicality

Employers are getting tripped up by a little-known law related to background checks, and it's costing some of them serious time and money.
What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway?
Technology

What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway?

The tiny flying gadgets were all the rage at CES this year, but why anyone would buy one isn't always clear.
Apple, Google Reach New Deal to End U.S. Lawsuit Over Employee Poaching
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Apple, Google Reach New Deal to End U.S. Lawsuit Over Employee Poaching

The settlement aims to resolve an antitrust class action lawsuit by tech workers.
Before You Form an S Corp, Consider These Points
Starting a Business

Before You Form an S Corp, Consider These Points

Our legal expert breaks down the pros and cons of forming an S Corporation.
FAA, CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting
Business News

FAA, CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting

While the FAA is still working out the kinks for allowing the commercial use of drones, the agency has given CNN the green light to test these aerial vehicles.
To Fight Hackers, Obama Wants Companies to Share Threats
Technology

To Fight Hackers, Obama Wants Companies to Share Threats

The U.S. president is expected to announce a renewed push for cybersecurity legislation after recent headline-grabbing hacks against companies like Sony Pictures and Home Depot.
Judge Rules Against Joint Employer Responsibility in Minimum Wage Case
Franchises

Judge Rules Against Joint Employer Responsibility in Minimum Wage Case

A California judge ruled that only Massage Envy franchisees – not the corporate franchisor – are responsible for wage violations, in contrast to recent National Labor Relations Board decisions.
Obama to Propose New Laws to Protect Consumer Data, Privacy
Technology

Obama to Propose New Laws to Protect Consumer Data, Privacy

The laws are aimed at protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.
Need a Drink? This Startup Will Deliver Booze On Demand.
Business News

Need a Drink? This Startup Will Deliver Booze On Demand.

Saucey provides technology that connects liquor stores to thirsty consumers.
5 Legal Steps to Take to Shutter Your Business
Money

5 Legal Steps to Take to Shutter Your Business

It can be a hard decision to close up shop, but make sure you do it properly if it comes down to it.
FCC Chairman Hints at Support of Broadband Reclassification
Business News

FCC Chairman Hints at Support of Broadband Reclassification

Tom Wheeler's latest comments are being viewed as the strongest sign yet that he plans to sign with President Obama on strict net neutrality rules.
Foie Gras Is Now Legal Again in California
Business News

Foie Gras Is Now Legal Again in California

A federal judge overturned the ban on the controversial delicacy, creating beef with animal-rights activists.
FTC Takes No Action Against Yelp Following Year-Long Investigation Into Review System
Business News

FTC Takes No Action Against Yelp Following Year-Long Investigation Into Review System

Despite outcry from small-business owners, this marks the second inquiry by the FTC that has resulted in no further action, according to Yelp.
What to Consider When Deciding Between Forming a Sole Proprietorship or LLC
Starting a Business

What to Consider When Deciding Between Forming a Sole Proprietorship or LLC

Our legal expert Lori Hoberman discusses the pros and cons of the two different business entities.
Regulation Jiu-Jitsu: How These Two Ladies Made an Illegal Business Legal
Starting a Business

Regulation Jiu-Jitsu: How These Two Ladies Made an Illegal Business Legal

Co-founders Christina Ha and Emilie Legrand knew that opening a cat cafe in New York City was going to violate regulations. That didn't stop them.
Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming Soon
Business News

Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming Soon

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be charging lower filing fees starting in the middle of January.
Why Wendy
Franchises

Why Wendy's Is Suing One of Its Largest Franchisees

After a franchisee refused to remodel and update its point-of-sale system, Wendy's decided it was time to take action.
3 Key Agreements Every Family Business Needs in Writing
Grow Your Business

3 Key Agreements Every Family Business Needs in Writing

Sadly, family businesses are not immune to the disputes that afflict every business. Putting agreements in writing can save the family, as well as the business.
France
Technology

France's Postal Service is Experimenting with Drone Mail Delivery

LaPoste could beat Amazon and Google to the punch.
United Airlines, Orbitz in Legal Brawl With 22-Year-Old Travel Entrepreneur
The 'Treps

United Airlines, Orbitz in Legal Brawl With 22-Year-Old Travel Entrepreneur

Aktarer Zaman's startup, Skiplagged, aims to popularize 'hidden city' ticketing, in which passengers disembark at their layover destinations.
Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Lori Hoberman.
The 'Treps

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Lori Hoberman.

Our expert this month is a lawyer, and she is looking to take your questions on entity formation, employee compensation, funding and more.
Business News

'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Game of Thrones' Top the Most Pirated Media of 2014

Unsurprisingly, piracy numbers line up with the year's box office numbers and television ratings.
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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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