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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
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 A trademark is a symbol that distinguishes products and services in the marketplace. It can protect intellectual property, a brand name, a design, or can be applied to a business, product or used in connection with specific services. Trademark law protects you, the owner, from competitors... View
Doing Business As: When to File a DBA Obtaining a “Doing Business As” (DBA) allows a person to legally conduct business under a name that is not the legal name of the person who owns, or is legally responsible for, the business. A DBA enables a business to advertise, accept payments and operate under a fictitious name... 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
Filing a Change in Your Business: Amendments Filing a Change in Your Business Pretty much anytime you make a change to your LLC or corporation, the state you formed your company in requires some type of official business filing, or Amendment, to make it official. What constitutes as a change that requires an Amendment varies from state-to... View
What is a Registered Agent? A Registered Agent is a person who receives important legal and tax documents on behalf of a business, including important mail sent by the state — such as annual reports or statements and tax documents. A Registered Agent also receives Service of Process — sometimes called Notice of... View