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The first time you meet someone sets the tone for an entire relationship, and can be the difference between gaining a new partner, client or customer or not. Luckily, there are ways to increase the likelihood of a positive first impression by knowing what influences...

Managing risk comes with the territory when you are a small business owner. Sometimes, however, that risk can become too great for you to handle — it is important to have an expert on-hand to take on any legal complications you may encounter. Attorneys possess the...

Mishandling confidential information - even if it happens accidentally - can have significant financial and legal consequences. Human Resources typically ensures that confidential information is kept safe. However, most small businesses do not have a dedicated HR representative, so this responsibility typically falls directly on...

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...