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    Business Incorporation

    When beginning a business, you must decide what form of business entity to establish. Your form of business determines the amount of regulatory paperwork you have to file, your personal liability regarding investments into your business, and the taxes you have to pay. The most common business structures include: *Sole Proprietorship* - A business owned and managed by one individual who ...
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    23 Bulletproof Terms for Every Contract

    23 Bulletproof Terms for Every Contract
    These 23 must-include terms will help prevent an attack on any contract you establish. Excerpted From Business Contracts (Entrepreneur Press) Including certain clauses in your contracts will reduce risks to your company from lawsuits and misunderstandings and provide legal rights that your company might not otherwise have. Samples of these provisions are included below, along with a discussion of what each ...
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    Protecting Your Brand with Trademarks

    Protecting Your Brand with Trademarks
    Keep your brand's integrity intact by getting a trademark for your business' logo, name, tag line and more. Establishing a strong brand is pivotal to business success. Protecting that brand is equally important. Yet many small businesses overlook an important first step in securing their brand: trademarks. What Can Be Trademarked? A trademark is any unique word, symbol, name or device ...
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    Is This Contract Valid?

    Is This Contract Valid?
    Learn the nitty gritty about what makes an agreement legally binding. Have you ever considered suing someone for not holding up their end of a bargain? Or were you the one being sued? Whether you're in business or not, you probably encounter contracts almost every day. However, few people understand what it takes to make a contract valid. A contract is ...
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    Must-Have Business Licenses and Permits

    Must-Have Business Licenses and Permits
    When you're embroiled in the excitement of starting a new business, it's easy to ignore the need for licenses and permits. Sure, getting licenses and permits is about as fun as visiting the dentist. But failing to do so-and doing it right from the beginning-is one of the most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make. Following are some of the most common ...
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    Tips to Achieve Successful Business Contracts Sans Attorney

    Tips to Achieve Successful Business Contracts Sans Attorney
    This article has been excerpted from Legal Guides: Business Contracts by Laura Plimpton, available from Entrepreneur Press.After reviewing and drafting over 12,000 contracts as an in-house attorney and an attorney practicing business law in a law firm, I developed tools and techniques for quickly turning any contract into a business asset. My clients, business owners and managers, asked me to ...
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    Environmental Protection Agency Licensing FAQs

    Environmental Protection Agency Licensing FAQs
    Environmental Protection Agency FAQs Do I need an Environmental Permit for my business? Permits for business are usually administered at the state or local level. Contact your State Small Business Assistance Program or your State Environmental Agency for assistance with this matter. How do I register a pesticide? EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has prepared a Pesticide Registration Kit. Additional ...