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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
10 Steps to Protecting Your Ideas Got a great idea? Follow these first steps from SCORE Counselor, Alan Tratner of Santa Barbara, CA. 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
Understanding Trademarks and Deciding if You Need One View
Protecting an Idea Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains how and why business ideas may or may not be able to be protected. View
Hiring and Compensating Employees for your Bar or Restaurant Before your start hiring your work force for your bar or restaurant, it’s crucial to do your homework. Make sure you are well informed about employment and labor laws, such as laws pertaining to employee rights (discrimination and harassment, termination, safe and drug-free work... View
Intellectual Property Best Practices Intellectual property (IP) is the untapped potential of a business that is completely wasted if left unharnessed, but can be a goldmine when properly managed. Yet time and again startups and entrepreneurs, despite having a basic understanding of IP, tend to avoid creating an effective IP strategy... View