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10 Essential Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Business Entity

If you are starting a new company or have an unincorporated entity that has grown to the point where protection of your personal assets may be desired, the selection of the proper business entity can be critical to the future success of your business. There are 10 essential questions you need to ask as part […]

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6 Considerations for Business Entity Selection

One of the most impactful decisions business owners will make is their selection of business entity – sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) or corporation – for their company. This decision has important tax, legal and operational implications, so choosing the right entity is vital. Business owners have several choices when it comes to […]

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Succession Planning for the Family Business

We know that building a thriving family business takes a lot of hard work, and to ensure the business continues to thrive, it takes foresight and planning. When business owners are preparing to transition the business to the next generation of leadership, it is critical to have a well-considered succession plan to guide them. To […]

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Top 10 Legal Tips for Entrepreneurs

If 2015 is the year you decide to strike out on your own and start your own business, there are some basic legal issues you need to take into consideration as part of your start-up planning. Here are our top 10 legal tips for entrepreneurs: Choose the right business structure. Most businesses start life as […]

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Asset Protection Strategies for Female Business Owners

Female-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, with the number of women-owned businesses doubling over the past 17 years, according to a recent Forbes article. Many women who run their own companies often do double-duty as CEOs of their families as well. The tendency for many is to leave […]

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How to Properly Structure a Founder’s Agreement for Your New Venture

How to Properly Structure a Founder’s Agreement for Your New Venture We are a nation of entrepreneurs, but we are also living in a litigious society, so if you are starting a new venture and there are other founders involved, a founder’s agreement is essential to protecting your fledgling enterprise.  Here are some tips on […]

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How to Protect Your Legacy With a Business Succession Plan

Our state is rich with families who have started businesses here and watched them thrive through the generations.  However, there are also many examples of family businesses that have failed to weather the changes in generational management and ceased to exist.  In many cases, this could have been avoided through careful business succession planning. A […]

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How to Raise the Next Generation of Business Owners

If you own a small business, there is probably at least some part of you hoping to pass the reins on to one or more of your children.  After all, spending so much time and effort on something that’s not going to last doesn’t sit well with most entrepreneurs. It may be difficult to look […]

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Ensure the Longevity of Your Family Business

According to the Family Business Institute, less than one-third of family-owned businesses make it past the second generation of ownership and only 1 in 10 survives through three generations. Based on a New York Times study of family businesses, here are some tips on how you can ensure your family business survives: Reinvention.  Businesses that […]

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How to Protect and Defend Your Brand

Earlier this year, Microsoft was on the wrong end of an English court ruling that found the software giant had infringed on the trademark of British broadcasting company BSkyB with its SkyDrive cloud storage service.  Instead of appealing the ruling, Microsoft decided to rebrand the service. Before your company has a misstep with intellectual property […]

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5 Steps to Protect Your Business From a Divorce

With the U.S. divorce rate at around 50% for first marriages and even higher for second marriages, a divorce’s impact on the fate of your business should be cause for concern.  The best thing that business owners can do is take preventive measures to ensure their companies will not suffer from a divorce – either […]

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