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Beginning Jan. 22, a new form goes into place that will improve the speed and accuracy of completing the I-9 form. Overall, this is a great thing, but it can present issues for small businesses without a dedicated human resources department to keep on top...

A contract is the foundation for any business agreement, and you should always have a legal professional review it to ensure you are protected. Unfortunately, breaches happens quite often and results in many court cases. So, what do you need to know if a contract...

Starting a business can be scary and intimidating. Business owners fear the high and unforeseen costs associated with consulting an attorney.  As a result, they avoid seeking legal advice until it is too late to avoid simple business mistakes.  By the time many of our...

It is not an easy task to build a business and gain recognition in today's growing market. When that kind of time and money is put into a business, it is important to protect that investment. This can be done through the filing of a trademark....

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against employees and job applicants in employment-related decisions, such and hiring, promotion, or termination. The ADA also prohibits disability harassment and requires reasonable accommodation. In order for the ADA to be applicable, an employer must have 15...

Congratulations on finding a space for your new business!  Whether you are opening your doors for the first time or expanding to a ten-thousand-foot manufacturing hub, you need to understand your obligations to your landlord.  Can you exit your lease if you cannot make your payments? ...

If you're a business owner or entrepreneur, trademarks and patents are two terms you've probably heard quite a bit. Many people hear these terms and just assume their definitions are interchangeable. They're each designed to protect a company's intellectual property -- easy enough, right? Not...

Investing in privately-held companies can be both an exciting opportunity, but also an intimidating proposition. Prior to opening your checkbook, it's important to ask the right questions and do appropriate research in order to vet companies properly. In order to find a potential investment that's...

When it comes to hiring, two types of workers primarily exist - full-time employees and independent contractors. Each position has its own benefits and drawbacks from both a worker and employer perspective. While contractors may make a higher salary, they may have to pay higher...

If you're a small business looking to expand, investors willing to contribute capital may seem like a godsend. However, before taking on any investments, it's important to do your research on who may be investing in your business. Gaining access to capital is never a...