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New SBA Rule Provides Added Protection for Subcontractors

A new Small Business Administration rule implementing part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 provides more protection for subcontractors in their dealings with primary contractors, according to a Washington Post report. The rule, which goes into effect in mid-August, requires a prime contractor to notify the contracting agency if it decides not to […]

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Starting a Business? Plan for Your Own Success

According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, approximately 300 of every 100,000 U.S. adults started a business in 2012.   The Index found that over 514,000 new firms were started every month in 2012 – but how many will succeed? Of course, in business –as in life – there are no guarantees.  According to the […]

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What the Delay in Obamacare Means for Small Business

The Obama administration unexpectedly announced in late June that it was delaying the implementation of new health law penalties for at least a year, leading many small business owners to wonder what the reprieve will mean for their companies. Firms with more than 50 full-time employees would have been penalized $2,000 per uninsured employee starting […]

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When Do You Need to Be Considering Your Business Agreements?

If you are running your own business and not looking at agreements regularly, it’s likely you are overlooking an important piece of your business and taking unnecessary risks.  The truth is that you do not need to have written agreements to have a valid agreement, but it sure does help when there is a dispute […]

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The 4 Fatal Legal Mistakes Family Businesses Can Avoid With Planning

Anyone involved in a family business knows that working with family has its pleasures and its pitfalls –incurring these legal pitfalls can prove deadly to your family business, so here’s how to fix them: Mixing family & business finances. Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society, so as soon as your family business is up […]

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The Family Business: Avoid These 4 Lethal Legal Mistakes

If you operate a family-owned business, or are considering starting one up, there are four potentially lethal legal mistakes you should take care to avoid, including: No employment agreements.  Family members who work together are usually hesitant to confront one another if someone isn’t pulling their weight.  Having an employment agreement for everyone ensures that […]

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3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

Your ideas aren’t worth anything if you don’t get them out there into the world. I come across a lot of entrepreneurs who are afraid that if they talk about their idea, it’ll get stolen and so they keep it under wraps and don’t capitalize on it. Here are three legal tools you can use […]

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Immigration Bill May Have Big Impact on Small Business

The immigration bill introduced by the “Gang of Eight” – a bipartisan collective of U.S. senators – contains recommendations on a number of measures, including the beefing up of border security and visa reform. The proposed legislation also contains some new policies that could have a big impact on small businesses, especially startups.  Here’s why: […]

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Is That a Real Employee or a Common-Law Employee?

The IRS and the Department of Labor are cracking down on businesses that use contractors but treat them like real employees – or, as the IRS calls them, “common-law employees.”  Before you misclassify that contractor, ask yourself these 5 questions: Do you control the work? If you direct how and where and at what time […]

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Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Hits Logistical Speed Bump

A logistical speed bump is going to delay the number of insurance plan options for small businesses under Obamacare for at least a year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now proposing that small businesses have only one insurance plan option to offer employees […]

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5 Tax Tips for Small Business

According to SBA data, more than 79 percent of small businesses have no employees – meaning that a majority of small business owners are doing it all.  And when tax season rolls around, it can mean plenty of stress for owners of small businesses. A recent Washington Post column provided these five tax season tips […]

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