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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
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
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
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
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
Federal Tax ID - Your Employer Identification Number (EIN) A Federal Tax ID Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a federally issued nine-digit number that identifies a business entity — you can think of it as a Social Security Number for your business. The IRS requires an EIN to be used on all business tax filings. An EIN is also... View
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Covering Your Back: The Buy-Sell Agreement During a business start-up’s early stages, it’s really the last thing on your mind that something could happen to one of the partners (or even yourself). But if that came to be, it could put a share of the business up for grabs and everyone’s dreams at risk. Investing a little... View
Developing a Strategy: The Business Plan A little red tape never hurt anybody, but after you’ve wrapped up your corporate bylaws, your business entity and all the other business startup nuts and bolts, you’re probably itching to get back into the fun stuff. A business plan is more than just words on paper. It’s a way... View