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Whether you're just starting out, or running a small business or nonprofit, you'll find relevant industry news, trends, tips and tricks, and more, to help you become and stay compliant.

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Pres. Obama Makes December 26th a Federal Holiday

> Posted on December 12th, by James in Industry News. No Comments
Pres. Obama Makes December 26th a Federal Holiday

Last week, President Barack Obama issued an executive order declaring December 26th, 2014 a federal holiday. All executive branch departments and federal agencies will be closed, and their employees will have a four-day weekend.

Obama is not the first President … Read more >>



Ready, Set, Hire! An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 4 of 6)

> Posted on December 11th, by James in Legal Issues. 3 comments
Ready, Set, Hire!  An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 4 of 6)

Background Checks of New Employees

Let’s face it, hiring a new employee is a very important part of your business. You set out to find the perfect candidate for the position hoping to add an important characteristic to your business. … Read more >>



Minnesota Launches New Business Services Website

> Posted on December 4th, by James in Industry News. 3 comments
Minnesota Launches New Business Services Website

The Minnesota Secretary of State announced that beginning December 8, 2014, they will launch a newly designed Business Services website.

The new website will include

Ability to file annual reinstatements online. • User-friendly homepage design to better guide visitors. • … Read more >>

Where Should I Register An Online Business?

> Posted on December 2nd, by James in Compliance, Start a Business. 3 comments
Where Should I Register An Online Business?

We get many inquiries regarding where to register an online business. Having no tangible presence (i.e. a storefront) understandably leads to some confusion, including whether registration is necessary, and if so, in which state to register or incorporate.

Luckily, it’s … Read more >>



Ready, Set, Hire! An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 3 of 6)

> Posted on November 24th, by James in Legal Issues, Small Business. 1 Comment
Ready, Set, Hire! An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 3 of 6)

Last week, we tackled the issues of mandatory insurance for employers and compliance posters in the workplace. This week, we will navigate the complicated and often shark-infested legal waters of post offer, pre-employment physical examinations.

Where the Problem Arises

The … Read more >>



End of the Year Compliance for Nonprofits

> Posted on November 19th, by James in Compliance, Nonprofits. 2 comments
End of the Year Compliance for Nonprofits

End of the year compliance for nonprofits is complex. Do a thorough year-end review.

In my previous post, I discussed end of the year compliance activities for small businesses. Running a nonprofit is a different animal altogether. Typically, nonprofit … Read more >>



Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 2 of 6)

> Posted on November 14th, by Eric Stark in Legal Issues, Small Business. 2 comments
Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 2 of 6)

During the last blog entry, I discussed the first two issues that employers are likely to face in the hiring process: job postings and interviews. This week, continuing with the theme chronologically, we will tackle issues involving insurance and … Read more >>



End of the Year Compliance for Small Businesses

> Posted on November 10th, by James in Compliance, Small Business. 2 comments
End of the Year Compliance for Small Businesses

 

The end of the year is the ideal time to review compliance for your business. For many businesses, this is a time to “catch up” on compliance activities for the year and prepare for next year. Filings also may … Read more >>



Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 1 of 6)

> Posted on November 4th, by Eric Stark in Legal Issues, Small Business. 2 comments
Ready, Set, Hire: An Overview of Legal Issues in the Hiring Process for Businesses (Part 1 of 6)

So, you are ready to hire a new employee to supplement your growing business. This is certainly an exciting time for you and your business. However, as you may already be aware, hiring an employee presents a variety of potential … Read more >>



This Halloween, Dress Your Business for Success

> Posted on October 29th, by James in Self-Employment, Start a Business. No Comments
This Halloween, Dress Your Business for Success

There’s nothing scarier to a small business owner than to find her business does not have adequate liability protection, because she hasn’t properly registered her business with the state.

However, there are thousands, if not millions of solopreneurs, freelancers, and … Read more >>



Understanding Electronic Filing in Your State

> Posted on October 23rd, by James in Industry News, Start a Business. 1 Comment
Understanding Electronic Filing in Your State

Many states offer electronic filing options for business registration. As more states finally move into the 21st century (half-joking, of course), online filing will become the norm, and mailing a filing will become a thing of the past.

As you … Read more >>



Nonprofit Compliance, Post-IRS Determination Letter

> Posted on October 17th, by James in Compliance, Nonprofits. 1 Comment
Nonprofit Compliance, Post-IRS Determination Letter

After months of preparation and waiting, you finally receive your IRS Determination Letter! That means the startup process is over, right?

Sadly, no.

A “determination letter” is official confirmation from the IRS that your 501(c)(3) application has been approved.

With … Read more >>



Online Filing Now Available in Pennsylvania

> Posted on October 9th, by James in Industry News, Start a Business. 1 Comment
Online Filing Now Available in Pennsylvania

Beginning October 8th, the Pennsylvania Department of State is launching online filing services for Pennsylvania professional license holders, corporations, and other business entities.

Businesses incorporating in Pennsylvania, and those obtaining business licenses, can use the online filing service in … Read more >>



Online Fundraising, Perfectly

> Posted on October 7th, by James in Nonprofits. No Comments
Online Fundraising, Perfectly

Online fundraising is a tremendous opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes. These days, any organization with a website can woo donors and compete for scarce funding, wherever it may be hiding.

However, some organizations are just plain better at it. … Read more >>



3 Ways Your Business Structure Affects Your Startup Marketing Strategy

> Posted on September 29th, by James in Small Business, Start a Business. 4 comments
3 Ways Your Business Structure Affects Your Startup Marketing Strategy

Did you know the business structure you select, and the business name you register, affects your startup marketing strategy?

We’ve already discussed the steps required to choose and to register your business name. Once you’ve decided, it will affect your … Read more >>



5 Reasons to Use a National Registered Agent

> Posted on September 23rd, by James in Compliance, Small Business. No Comments
5 Reasons to Use a National Registered Agent

As you expand your business into new states, it is important to have a national registered agent provider for each state you register in. Just as managing operating expenses and estimating ROI is important, hiring a single registered agent company … Read more >>



Harrisburg Startup Weekend

> Posted on September 17th, by James in Local News, Start a Business. 1 Comment
Harrisburg Startup Weekend

Harrisburg Startup Weekend is rapidly approaching!

September 29th, 2014 marks the beginning of Harrisburg Startup Week, seven days dedicated to the passion and development of entrepreneurship in Central Pennsylvania.

The final three days of the week, October 3-5, are … Read more >>



When to Foreign Qualify Your Business

> Posted on September 16th, by James in Compliance, Small Business. 1 Comment
When to Foreign Qualify Your Business

When to Foreign Qualify Your Business

As your business grows, and you wish to do business outside your home state, you will need to know when to foreign qualify your business. This post discuss possible reasons to foreign qualify, and … Read more >>



Are Compliance Requirements Driving Entrepreneurs into Hiding?

> Posted on September 12th, by James in Compliance, Self-Employment. No Comments
Are Compliance Requirements Driving Entrepreneurs into Hiding?

In his recent The Washington Post article, “Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?,” Robert Samuelson discusses the aging of American businesses, and laments that the number of entrepreneurs in this country is shrinking, fast. A nation of go-getters … Read more >>



Form 1023-EZ: Understanding Your Eligibility

> Posted on September 9th, by James in Nonprofits. 2 comments
Form 1023-EZ: Understanding Your Eligibility

 

Perhaps the most exciting thing the IRS has ever done, the release of Form 1023-EZ has made applying for, and obtaining, 501c3 tax exempt status a relative breeze.

In our blog coverage, and if you speak with us, we’ll … Read more >>



How Are You Spending Your Free Time?

> Posted on September 3rd, by James in Inspiration, Self-Employment. No Comments
How Are You Spending Your Free Time?

This morning, I got a phone call.

It was a gentleman interested in starting a public charity, in order to raise money to build a local skate park. The skate park, he said, is a huge need in his community.… Read more >>



Corporation or LLC: What’s the Difference?

> Posted on September 1st, by James in Small Business, Start a Business. 3 comments
Corporation or LLC: What’s the Difference?

As you select a legal structure for your business, you may find yourself choosing either the corporation or LLC (limited liability company). These are the two most common legal entities for a new business, and this post will compare them, … Read more >>



4 Ways to Foreign Qualify Like The Pros

> Posted on August 27th, by James in Compliance, Small Business. No Comments
4 Ways to Foreign Qualify Like The Pros

Congratulations, your business has grown, and it’s time to foreign qualify! While the process takes time, and costs money, there are a few shortcuts that can benefit your business.

If you are unfamiliar with “foreign qualification,” please first read, “… Read more >>



With IRS Form 1023-EZ, Become 501c3 Tax Exempt in Weeks

> Posted on August 20th, by James in Industry News, Nonprofits. 3 comments
With IRS Form 1023-EZ, Become 501c3 Tax Exempt in Weeks

News of the recent release of IRS Form 1023-EZ has spread like wildfire. Introduced in July, the form, designed to streamline the application and approval process for federal tax exemption, has triggered a number of questions throughout the nonprofit world.… Read more >>



CT Secretary of State Experiencing Delays

> Posted on August 14th, by James in Industry News. No Comments
CT Secretary of State Experiencing Delays

8/14/2014 The Connecticut Secretary of State has been experiencing computer and copier issues. Clerks are unable to print copies, certified copies, and confirmations of filings.

The Secretary of State’s office is unsure when all systems will be running normal once … Read more >>



What to Do While Waiting for Your Determination Letter

> Posted on August 13th, by James in Compliance, Nonprofits. No Comments
What to Do While Waiting for Your Determination Letter

You’ve applied for 501(c)(3) tax exemption, and are waiting for your IRS determination letter. What can you do while you wait for it?

Obtaining your IRS determination letter is a crucial step to starting your nonprofit. Unfortunately, this magical document, … Read more >>



C-Corp vs. S-Corp: Which Makes Sense for Your Business?

> Posted on August 8th, by James in Small Business. No Comments
C-Corp vs. S-Corp: Which Makes Sense for Your Business?

Today, I’ll be comparing the C-Corp vs. S-Corp tax classifications. You will have come across both of these terms as you structure your business, and it’s important to know the difference!

Before you read anything, understand this:

The first, … Read more >>



3 Ways to Save Money on Business Registration

> Posted on August 4th, by James in Small Business. 2 comments
3 Ways to Save Money on Business Registration

 

Here at Harbor Compliance, we don’t believe in cutting corners.

Business registration with the state should always be done diligently, so that your business or nonprofit obtains limited liability protection, and maintains good standing with the state.

That being … Read more >>



LLC or S-Corp: Which Is Better for My Small Business?

> Posted on July 31st, by James in Small Business, Start a Business. 1 Comment
LLC or S-Corp: Which Is Better for My Small Business?

Understanding the difference between an LLC or S-Corp can be challenging for a small business owner. Neither is “better,” but when deciding, always consider your organization’s resources, mission, and plan for growth.

If you take one point away from this … Read more >>



Social Enterprise Ideas Advance to Final Round

> Posted on July 30th, by James in Local News, Social Enterprise. 1 Comment
Social Enterprise Ideas Advance to Final Round

One of our favorite types of businesses here at Harbor Compliance is the Social Enterprise. Social enterprises are for-profit businesses; however, their mission is to produce a measurable social or environmental benefit, rather than to maximize shareholder gains.

Our friends … Read more >>



Selecting a Business Structure as a “Solopreneur”

> Posted on July 29th, by James in Self-Employment, Start a Business. 2 comments
Selecting a Business Structure as a “Solopreneur”

Selecting a business structure as a solopreneur is less complicated then you might think. While there are plenty of confusing terms out there, such as “liability protection” and “tax structures,” you really have one decision, that of sole proprietor vs. … Read more >>



Three Reasons Why A Rejected Filing Hurts Your Business

> Posted on July 24th, by James in Compliance, Small Business, Start a Business. 1 Comment
Three Reasons Why A Rejected Filing Hurts Your Business

In life, getting rejected stinks.

When preparing your corporate documents, not filing timely or properly jeopardizes your “good standing.” Getting a filing rejected outright wastes your valuable time, and can even chalk up to a financial loss.

A rejection is … Read more >>



Illinois Secretary of State Reopens After Fire

> Posted on July 23rd, by James in Industry News. No Comments
Illinois Secretary of State Reopens After Fire

7/23/2014 – The Illinois Secretary of State is open once more, after a small fire shut down business filing services Tuesday.

If you’re registering in Illinois, expect a bit of a delay, but normal processing times should resume shortly.… Read more >>



Illinois Secretary of State Closed Due to Small Fire

> Posted on July 22nd, by James in Industry News. No Comments
Illinois Secretary of State Closed Due to Small Fire

7/22/2014 – The Illinois Secretary of State is closed today due to a small fire. Though the fire has been contained, the building is experiencing electrical issues and has no air conditioning.

As a result, the state is only able … Read more >>



When Should I Incorporate My Nonprofit?

> Posted on July 21st, by James in Nonprofits. 1 Comment
When Should I Incorporate My Nonprofit?

As you plan your organization, you need to know when to incorporate the nonprofit. The decision has two factors: whether you should register as a nonprofit corporation in your state, and when, between concept and execution, to start with government … Read more >>



UPDATE: New IRS Form 1023-EZ

> Posted on July 17th, by James in Industry News, Nonprofits. 1 Comment
UPDATE: New IRS Form 1023-EZ

On July 1, 2014, IRS Form 1023-EZ was released, give nonprofits a new way of applying for federal tax exemption under 501(c)(3).

At the time of the announcement, there was much uncertainty about the effectiveness and desired outcomes of this … Read more >>



The Hidden Cost of Business Ownership: Eternal Vigilance

> Posted on July 16th, by James in Small Business. No Comments
The Hidden Cost of Business Ownership: Eternal Vigilance

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty.”

In the world of small business, eternal vigilance has a more tangible value: keeping your business afloat and your information private.

New business owners … Read more >>



Breaking Up With Your Registered Agent

> Posted on July 14th, by James in Small Business. 2 comments
Breaking Up With Your Registered Agent

You’ve seen the warning signs and red flags.

You pay to receive documents, a service you thought you had already paid for with your annual fee. You were supposed to receive an annual report notice, but didn’t, and now you … Read more >>



Indiana Releases New Business Registration Forms

> Posted on July 14th, by James in Industry News, Start a Business. 3 comments
Indiana Releases New Business Registration Forms

The Indiana Secretary of State has released new business registration forms. If you’re registering a domestic or foreign entity in Indiana, you must use the new forms. The state fees have not changed.

The new forms are dated 2014, but … Read more >>



The Great Social Enterprise Pitch

> Posted on July 9th, by James in Local News, Social Enterprise. 5 comments
The Great Social Enterprise Pitch

Here at Harbor Compliance, we love business ideas that are socially responsible, have a higher purpose, and support the local community.

We also have a bit of a competitive streak!

That’s why we’re excited to be an in-kind sponsor of … Read more >>



Should I Form My New Business in Delaware or Nevada?

> Posted on July 8th, by James in Small Business, Start a Business. 1 Comment
Should I Form My New Business in Delaware or Nevada?

The inspiration for this post comes from the frequent inquiries we get about starting a business in Delaware or Nevada.

I want to explore why Delaware and Nevada are popular choices for formation, and why those states might not be … Read more >>



New 1023-EZ Form: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

> Posted on July 2nd, by James in Industry News, Nonprofits. 6 comments
New 1023-EZ Form: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you are or will be filing for 501(c)(3) tax exemption, heads up!

On July 1, the IRS released the much anticipated and hotly debated Form 1023-EZ, which simplifies the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) tax exemption.

The form is three … Read more >>



New State Forms for New York Nonprofits

> Posted on July 1st, by James in Industry News, Nonprofits. 1 Comment
New State Forms for New York Nonprofits

On July 1, 2014, the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act took effect, and there is a new series of NY nonprofit forms to be filed.

If you try to file using the old forms, your filing will be rejected, causing … Read more >>



NY Nonprofit Revitalization Act: Governance Requirements for Large Organizations

> Posted on June 26th, by James in Compliance, Industry News, Nonprofits. No Comments
NY Nonprofit Revitalization Act: Governance Requirements for Large Organizations

At the end of 2013, New York signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA), which is designed to reform the statutory governance requirements for nonprofit organizations. This is one of the most sweeping pieces of nonprofit legislation in recent … Read more >>



NY Nonprofit Revitalization Act: New Financial Reporting Rules

> Posted on June 26th, by James in Compliance, Industry News, Nonprofits. No Comments
NY Nonprofit Revitalization Act: New Financial Reporting Rules

New York has a new series of financial reporting rules under the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA). This law took effect July 1, 2014, and affects nearly every nonprofit organization in the state.

My previous post discussed the governance requirements affecting … Read more >>



How NY’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act Affects Your Organization

> Posted on June 25th, by James in Compliance, Industry News, Nonprofits. 2 comments
How NY’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act Affects Your Organization

At the end of 2013, New York signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA), which is designed to reform the statutory governance requirements for nonprofit organizations. This is one of the most sweeping pieces of nonprofit legislation in recent … Read more >>



Secretary Gessler Announces Colorado Fee Holiday for Business Formation

> Posted on June 23rd, by James in Industry News, Start a Business. 2 comments
Secretary Gessler Announces Colorado Fee Holiday for Business Formation

Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced a Colorado fee holiday, set to begin July 1, 2014. As a result, the fee for new business filings has been reduced from $50 to $1. The aim is to pass savings from a … Read more >>



Missouri Secretary of State Suspends Business Services

> Posted on June 18th, by James in Industry News. 1 Comment
Missouri Secretary of State Suspends Business Services

From June 17 to June 23, 2014, the Business Services Division of the Missouri Secretary of State will suspend services for scheduled system maintenance.

Nearly all business services will be unavailable, including business entity search, document filings, and obtaining certified … Read more >>



Delaware Franchise Tax Increase

> Posted on May 15th, by James in Industry News. 2 comments
Delaware Franchise Tax Increase

The Delaware franchise tax LLCs, LLPs, LPs, and corporations, will have an across-the-board increase, announced the Secretary of State’s office. This increase took effect July 1, 2014.

The Delaware franchise tax is necessary for keeping your business in good standing. … Read more >>



Your Registered Agent Questions, Answered

> Posted on April 14th, by James in Compliance. 1 Comment
Your Registered Agent Questions, Answered

You probably came across the term “registered agent” while filling out formation documents, or more commonly, you heard that you need one, I think…right?

Don’t worry, we get many questions about this service, and we thought it would … Read more >>



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. 1 Comment
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)… Read more >>

How to Choose a Name and Logo for Your New Business

> Posted on October 28th, by Megan in Inspiration, Start a Business. 5 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… Read more >>

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 “Annual Read more >>



PA fictitious name registration

> Posted on March 26th, by Mike in Start a Business. 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 Start a Business. 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

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

In 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 Small Business. No Comments

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 a … Read more >>



Welcome!

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

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 >>





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