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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...

The Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Bill went into effect in September 2015, but investors still are not paying attention. This is mostly because not many people know what intrastate crowdfunding means or what it does. Here are a few pointers regarding this investment legislation that could...

When negotiating a business deal with an international client, it is important to remember not only that you are working with people from a different country, but also a different culture. Cultural differences include how people act, think, dress, etc. What might be considered acceptable...

You just finished creating a new, life-changing product! Now what? It’s time to think about protecting your hard work with a patent. A patent prevents others from using, copying, or selling your invention without your consent. These can be obtained from the U.S. government through an...