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Post image for Protecting an Idea . . . Like Grasping Smoke?

I received an e-mail out of the blue recently about how to protect an idea. Not a plan, not a project, not something tangible . . . but a thought about a new approach to pet care. That’s about as much information as I have. Understandably, the entrepreneur was reluctant to disclose the idea because […]

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In a rare moment of bipartisan and bicameral cooperation, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced legislation geared to help protect the nation’s 27 million small businesses from computer hackers and information security breaches. Entitled the “Small Business Information Security Act of 2008,” the bills (H.R. 6206 and S. 3102, respectively) […]

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Arm yourself with the facts, and get those fixed costs under control. For many small businesses, rent is the single largest expense (outside of payroll) they face on a regular basis. So, when times are tight, it’s no surprise that business owners consider rent reduction as a way to reduce their operating costs. Like other […]

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Q.:  Do I need business licensing to start a roadside vegetable stand, selling items from my garden?   A.:  A number of states prohibit the sale of any agricultural products without the proper business licensing.  Because business licensing varies for place to place, contact your local government to see if it has those restrictions and […]

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As if there aren’t enough HR laws on the books for small businesses to keep up with, New York State, in its infinite wisdom, decided to add one more: the NY Wage Theft Prevention Act.  Effective April 9, 2011, the New York Labor Law tries to further bolster employment rights by requiring all employers to […]

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Post image for The Intelligent Way to Handle Frivolous Lawsuits

It’s an unfortunate aspect of American life that you can’t stop someone from bringing a frivolous lawsuit. Even some politicians have recognized the ways in which frivolous lawsuits can hamper America’s small businesses, and proposed legislation just last year — most notably, the “Frivolous Lawsuit Prevention Act of 2009” (S. 603), which apparently died in […]

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Post image for Is It Time to Rethink Copyright Law?

Copyright law developed over many years, from a time when the only way to distribute a book was to make physical copies through a printing press and sell them person to person. The core thinking behind the law was that the person who came up with the creativity should be the only one to benefit […]

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In all my years dealing with contract disputes, I found that “not getting what they expected” is one of the top three reasons clients don’t pay. But, like Freud asked about women, “What do clients want?” If you are a freelancer or independent professional providing services (especially to other business owners), take heed. Managing expectations […]

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Post image for Billions in Federal Procurement Dollars Could Open to Small Business

Billions of dollars in small federal contracts could be opened to small businesses if the Small Business Administration (SBA) prevails in a dispute with the General Services Administration (GSA). According to a report on Associated Content, the SBA has ruled that, under the Small Business Act, the GSA needs to set aside contracts valued between […]

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Post image for The Green Entrepreneur’s Toolbox

For any number of reasons, “€œgoing green” is gaining steam. And whether your idea of going green strictly pertains to the environment, or reflects a social consciousness that you want your company to espouse, there are ways to make it happen. For ideas on how other women entrepreneurs have created a business structure around “done well […]

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