The new year is a great time to start a business. Before jumping into the entrepreneurial pool, educate yourself on the various corporate structures for small businesses. Not only does corporate structure impact the operations of a company, it also impacts the bottom line.   Having...

The workforce is the lifeblood of a business. During a transfer in ownership, it is common for the staff to feel concerned and stressed about the change in leadership. The high stress can lead to unhappy employees, which can increase turnover rates and lower productivity....

The road to entrepreneurship does not always begin in a garage. Sometimes the best ways to launch or expand on an idea is to purchase a business that already exists. In doing so, the buyer is immediately in a leadership role at a company that...

Mason Cole recently partnered with 36Squared, a new business incubator in the West Loop, to host a variety of events and conversations around the legal aspects of entrepreneurship. Mason recently presented “Five Questions to Ask a Future Business Partner” to incubator members at a networking...

Many early-stage entrepreneurs go into business with a friend or significant other without fully comprehending the skill sets needed to turn a passion into a thriving business. Unfortunately, jumping into business with someone does not always go according to plan, as there are likely facets...

Entrepreneurs eager to launch their startup should take advantage of today’s low interest rates to entice venture capitalists to fund their ideas with the current “cheap money.” The economic climate is creating an environment for high-net-worth investors to invest in companies before interest rates rise....

It is commonly known that employee performance is directly linked to how happy they are with their position and company. Job perks are a significant contributing factor to this happiness and a crucial way to attract top talent. Competitive benefits can be a powerful incentive...

Mason Cole spoke with Bill Knapik of the Price of Business radio show about early stage companies and what they need to know about establishing the legal groundwork to grow their business. You can listen to the full radio show here....

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? ...