Planning a policy to close your business may seem counter-productive to the effort you invest in maintaining the life of your small business, however, creating an Exit Strategy may be one of the smartest decisions you make, and you will thank yourself later for planning ahead. Creating an exit strategy does not necessarily mean you … Continue reading Small Business Series #5: Why Should You Have an Exit Strategy?
Your Work Policies Can Determine Whether Your Businesses Helps Employees Strain or Thrive Company policies allow business owners to communicate clearly with employees from the outset. When companies encapsulate business policies in employee handbooks, regular training, and policy updates, the potential for creating a positive internal work environment is based on clear expectations. Internal policies … Continue reading Small Business Series #4: Work Place Policies
As your business infrastructure grows, you will face the same question asked by so many other business owners: Is my business financially and logistically ready to hire employees? While you address this question, identify the key reasons you need employees, and lay a positive foundation for adding employees to your business organization. Your … Continue reading Small Business Series #3: Employee Agreement Contracts
SETTING YOUR BUSINESS ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS Moving a small business from the initial planning stage to the opening stage involves a checklist of items to be completed before hanging the open sign in the window, so to speak. Licensing is one of the key pieces to a successful business launch that should not … Continue reading Small Business Series #2: Licensing
You’ve decided to start a business – congratulations! As you bring your ideas to life, take steps to lay a strong foundation for your company. Intentionally tending to key tasks will set your business on a firm path as you prepare your business for growth. YOUR BUSINESS NAME As you consider various names for your … Continue reading Small Business Series #1: The Foundation
WHY CONSIDER INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK? As companies expand into the international arena, a whole new set of rules apply to protecting your business brand. Building your reputation for quality, and service are only half of the value of your brand – your brand recognition should be protected as a company asset by filing for trademark registration … Continue reading Avoid Making This Costly Mistake When Taking Your Brand To The Global Marketplace
With a long history of providing protection in created works in our country, more recent times have shown that litigation against Copyright infringement is on the rise. For Creatives, filing for a Copyright may seem like a nonessential expense, but the following are reasons we strongly recommend setting up your creative work with the best … Continue reading THE VALUE OF OWNING A COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION
If you advertise, post, share, compare, promote, or influence products or services, this question may be at the forefront of your legal concerns. The progression of social media as a prominent marketplace and advertising medium has created new concerns regarding the legalities of trademark protection and trademark infringement. Should I be worried about using trademarks … Continue reading Are You Culpable for Trademark Infringement?
This year has been a challenge unlike any other year for American businesses with unexpected closures lasting for uncertain lengths of time, fluctuating regulations, and the unknowns awaiting for business this year. Small businesses are the backbone of America, however, where the spirit of American entrepreneurship is borne and resides – that venture risk that … Continue reading To The Small Business Owners
One of the most discouraging events of filing for a Trademark is receiving an Office Action letters from the USPTO for refusal to register the trademark. This is also sometimes known as a “2(d) Refusal” for its refusal on the basis of the Trademark Act 2(d). While it is disheartening to receive an Office Action … Continue reading What is an Office Action from the USPTO?