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Do You Know How To Legally Protect Your Small Business? Take this quiz to find out how aware you are of legal pitfalls and then follow the tips for improvement. View
How to Get a Patent Have you invented the next big thing? If so, you've got to get a patent. It protects your invention and gives you exclusivity. Read this article by Steve Strauss to understand why patents are critical to your success and how you can get one for your business. View
Protect Your Trade Secrets The use of nondisclosure agreements has become almost ubiquitous in the high-tech field, particularly for Internet and computer companies. View
How to Avoid Check Fraud Business owners face a growing risk of check fraud as computers make it easier to create phony checks and banks allow customers to open accounts via telephone and the Internet.  Here are some tips to combat check fraud... View
How to Reduce the Cost of Bounced Checks The cost of bounced checks to small-business owners goes far beyond the penalty fees the banks charge for depositing bad checks. The time spent handling bounced checks and the havoc they wreak on cash flow are also part of the toll. View
Barter Tax and Accounting Issues Barter transactions can provide your company with important financial, sales and marketing benefits. Like other transactions, however, barter sales are taxable, and your company must report them to the IRS. This is also true of credits you receive or spend through a barter exchange; regardless of... View
Resource Listings for Legal IssuesSCORE has compiled this list of useful resources for matters concerning small business legal issues. View
Understanding Trademarks and Deciding if You Need One View
Doing Business As: When to File a DBA Learn tips on how to conduct business under another name that is not the legal name of your business. View
Understanding Business Licenses Depending on your small business type, you may need to file for licenses or permits with the state, or states, in which you do business. Nearly all businesses require some form of federal, state or local business licenses. Obtaining the licenses or permits you need for your business is an... View