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Welcome to the blog for Harbor Business Compliance Corporation. Our passion is helping entrepreneurs choose, set up, and learn how to administer their LLC, corporation, nonprofit, or other business structure. We focuses exclusively on incorporation and compliance, not a wide range of legal services. Please share your questions, comments, and dreams with us!


Deadline for Mailing Out W-2 and 1099 Tax Forms

> Posted on January 24th, by Mike in Compliance. No Comments

The deadline for employers to mail out IRS forms W-2 and 1099 to employees or contractors is January 31st.

Form W-2 is used to report a employee’s wages and tax withholdings.  Employers are required to keep a copy of the … Read more >>



Full-time employee, part-time entrepreneur

> Posted on January 21st, by Mike in Self-Employment, Start a Business. No Comments
Full-time employee, part-time entrepreneur

I recently was a guest on The Power of Part Time TV, an online show dedicated to entrepreneurs with a “side hustle”.  The side hustle is very common, as even I was once a part-time entrepreneur.  A lot of Read more >>



New Procedures for Updating Company Information with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

> Posted on January 13th, by Mike in Compliance. No Comments

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently made changes to the procedures for updating company information.  Businesses that are registered through the e-Tides system are now able to update company information online instead of having to file the paper forms REV-854 … Read more >>



New Expedited Services from Pennsylvania Department of

> Posted on January 5th, by Mike in Compliance, Start a Business. No Comments

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations is now offering expedited processing services for businesses starting January 6, 2014.  Three levels of service are available:

  • One-hour service (received by 4PM ET) – $1,000 plus filing fee
  • Three-hour service (received by 2PM ET)
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How to Choose a Name and Logo for Your New Business

> Posted on October 28th, by Megan in Inspiration, Start a Business. 2 comments
How to Choose a Name and Logo for Your New Business

When you are first starting your business, choosing a name and logo is one of the most exciting steps.  This article will give you the background you need and the correct order of events in setting up your business name.… Read more >>



Your Window of Opportunity to Start a Business

> Posted on October 21st, by Megan in Small Business, Start a Business. No Comments
Your Window of Opportunity to Start a Business

Finding the window of opportunity to start a business isn’t what you think.  Most of our clients weren’t handed their window of opportunity.  They made it.

Here’s the fantasy:

  • You inherit a big wad of start-up capital from a long-lost
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Columbus Day And Finding Financing For Ill-Conceived Adventures

> Posted on October 14th, by Megan in Financing. No Comments
Columbus Day And Finding Financing For Ill-Conceived Adventures

Today is Columbus Day, which means today we commemorate Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.   Entrepreneurs reserve a special sort of awe for this day.  400 years later we’re still amazed how he negotiated backing for … Read more >>



Self-Employed Celebration & Wine Chart

> Posted on October 7th, by Megan in Self-Employment. No Comments
Self-Employed Celebration & Wine Chart

When you work for yourself, it’s easy to move on to the The Next Big Thing before taking ample time to reward yourself for your accomplishments.  The antidote?  A bit of kindness.  And maybe some help from the below handy … Read more >>



How to Win at Business: Lessons from Paper, Rock, Scissors

> Posted on September 30th, by Megan in Inspiration. No Comments
How to Win at Business: Lessons from Paper, Rock, Scissors

Every year there is a rock, paper, scissors world championship and every year the same faces make it to the top.  How do they consistently make it to the top in a game of chance?  And how can you apply … Read more >>



Small Business Infographic

> Posted on September 25th, by Megan in Uncategorized. No Comments
Small Business Infographic

When you’re starting a small business, you may want to know the statistics about your fellow entrepreneurs.  67% of entrepreneurs start their business out of personal passion and most are connected with their local community.  Learn more small business statistics … Read more >>



Client Spotlight: Marilyn Walker from Synergize!

> Posted on May 18th, by Mike in Client Spotlight. 2 comments
Client Spotlight: Marilyn Walker from Synergize!

This week we have a special client spotlight on Marilyn Walker of Synergize!, a consulting company that helps other companies hire and retain better employees.  Synergize! is located in Lancaster, PA and has built better teams of employees for … Read more >>



What I’m Reading: April 4, 2013 Edition

> Posted on April 8th, by Mike in Inspiration. No Comments
What I’m Reading: April 4, 2013 Edition

Here are my top motivational reads for the week:

Need a Job, Invent It” – New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman

What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the Read more >>



Small Business Health Insurance: How Business Owners are Dealing with Rising Costs

> Posted on April 6th, by Mike in Uncategorized. 4 comments
Small Business Health Insurance: How Business Owners are Dealing with Rising Costs

Health insurance is an area of concern for just about all small business owners.  Business owners are facing the rising costs of insuring themselves and their employees.  What the future holds under the Affordable Care Act is uncertain.

Find out … Read more >>



Pennsylvania Department of State Issues Consumer Alert

> Posted on March 28th, by Mike in Uncategorized. No Comments
Pennsylvania Department of State Issues Consumer Alert

The Pennsylvania Department of State has issued a scam warning for solicitations of annual minutes fees.  The company responsible for these solicitations, Pennsylvania Corporate Compliance Company, is mailing out official looking notices to Pennsylvania businesses.  These notices, titled “… Read more >>



PA fictitious name registration

> Posted on March 26th, by Mike in Uncategorized. No Comments
PA fictitious name registration

In my previous post, I explained 5 insidious myths surrounding Pennsylvania fictitious names.  My position is that fictitious names are rarely the best option for small businesses.  In certain cases however, registering a PA fictitious name is justified.  The … Read more >>



Do I Need Liability Insurance, Limited Liability Protection, or Both?

> Posted on March 15th, by Mike in Uncategorized. 1 Comment
Do I Need Liability Insurance, Limited Liability Protection, or Both?

I am often asked how liability insurance is different from limited liability protection.  Liability insurance is purchased from an insurance company to cover claims against the business.  Business entities such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations provide limited liability … Read more >>



Pennsylvania Fictitious Name: Five Insidious Myths Debunked

> Posted on February 26th, by Mike in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

A Pennsylvania fictitious name does not provide liability protection and other important benefits.  Most business owners have heard about the pros and cons of different business structures but do not fully understand the implications for their businesses.

Fictitious names are … Read more >>



Could a Library be an Entrepreneur’s Dream Workspace?

> Posted on February 20th, by Mike in Uncategorized. 7 comments

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Co-working has recently become a popular trend as a way for entrepreneurs to share an office with other like-minded individuals.  Some entrepreneurs use co-working to get out of their home office one or two days a week, while others use … Read more >>



How to Get the Legal Advice You Need Without Breaking the Bank

> Posted on February 18th, by Mike in Uncategorized. 2 comments

law booksIn my last post, I talked about the importance of building a solid professional team to help you maintain compliance.  One of the most important members of this team is an attorney.  In an ideal world, you would consult with … Read more >>



Building Your Team of Professional Advisers to Help You Stay Compliant

> Posted on February 17th, by Mike in Uncategorized. No Comments

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I’m sure you’ve heard many times that people are the key to the success of any business.  Jim Collins, business expert and author of one of my favorite business books, Good to Great, states the first step to building … Read more >>



Welcome!

> Posted on February 15th, by Mike in Uncategorized. Comments Off

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Welcome to our new blog!

We’ve decided to create this blog to make useful information available to small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Through our blog, you will have an opportunity to post comments and ask our experts questions.  We will … Read more >>