Tag Archives: Small Business

Starting Your Business with the Help of the SBA

If you are thinking of starting a business, the experts say that your business has a 50-50 chance of surviving five years. Starting a business may seem simple, but keeping the doors open to attract customers may present a mountain of challenges for a startup. One is not really in business until he or she

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What is a Business Bond, and Do I Need One?

Despite what it may sound like, a business bond has nothing to do with investments or securities.  Rather, a business bond functions essentially like insurance, protecting your company, your customers, and sometimes your employees from misconduct or breach of contract. Generally, it acts as security for a promise – if the promise is broken, the

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The Lesson of Tax Avoidance for Emerging and Established California Businesses

According to Bloomberg, “[m]ultinational tax avoidance has risen to the top of the international political agenda,” and Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is coming under fire in the United Kingdom for just this issue. The company was sued for trademark infringement by soapmaker Lush, and a judge recently ruled in favor of Lush and

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Update on Patent Trolling: What Your Startup and Small Business Should Know

Last year, we devoted considerable attention to an issue that impacts many small businesses and startups: Patent trolling. As a reminder, patent trolls, or patent assertion entities, are shell companies that exist solely for the purpose of asserting that they should be reimbursed because they hold patents that are being infringed upon, mostly by an

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What Your Small Business or Startup Should Know About Net Neutrality

This past Sunday, Comcast, the country’s biggest cable and broadband provider, and Netflix, the California-based provider of on-demand Internet streaming media and DVDs-by-mail, announced an agreement whereby Netflix will pay Comcast for direct Internet access, meaning that Netflix will be able to deliver its movies and TV programs to Comcast’s subscribers faster and more reliably,

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Mergers and Acquistions: The Paperwork Involved in the Process

Word on the street is that merger and acquisition activity in the financial services industry is booming. Why the sudden boom? Experts believe that the boom, which started in 2013 and is expected to continue in 2014, has been spurred on by favorable valuations, a healthier economy, and a strong financing market. The biggest instigator,

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What Your Business Should Know About California’s Security Breach Notification Act

On December 19, 2013, Target confirmed reports that hackers stole the credit card numbers and encrypted debit card PIN data from about 40 million customers who shopped in its stores in the United States from November 27 through mid-December, the height of the 2013 holiday shopping season. Last week, Target revised the number of affected

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To Syndicate Or Not To Syndicate Your Startup….

Last week, we discussed the process for startups looking for capital, or funding.  In particular, we discussed AngelList, which is one of the most popular services for startups.  AngelList is a syndicate service with ten of thousands of backers.  Forbes magazine has described it much like social network sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter,

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What Your New and Growing Business Needs to Know Before Looking for Capital

In October,we discussed Title II of the JumpStart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which took effect on September 23, 2013. Title II lifted the 80-year-old ban on general solicitation in this country, allowing small businesses and startups to publicly advertise that they are seeking investment, and the new law seems to be working:

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Startups and Other California Businesses Need To Be Ready for The Changing Landscape of Patent Law

All over the country, including here in California, startups and small businesses are holding their collective breaths and hoping that the House of Representatives passes the Innovation Act of 2013 (the “Act”).  Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Act, and yesterday, the White House came out in support of

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