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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
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
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
Business Entity Conversion An entity conversion may be necessary if you want to change the nature of your business. View
Reinstating a BusinessReinstatement is the process of returning an inactive or non-compliant company to good standing within the state you formed your business. Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) need to stay on top of ongoing state formalities including filing annual reports or statements and paying... View
Business Compliance Requirements and Consequences   After incorporating or forming an LLC, there are ongoing compliance requirements for your company. View