Importance of a Trademark Availability Search

Your company’s trademarks are some of the most important assets you have. You can trademark logos, symbols, phrases, and names so your business can build a memorable brand. Without a distinctive and unique trademark, consumers might not be able to identify your company’s products or services from those of your competitors. And for many entrepreneurs, your intellectual property may be the only asset you have when you Read More

What is a Benefit Corporation, and Why Is It Useful for California Entrepreneurs?

In 2011, California passed the Corporate Flexibility Act, making it one of the country's first adopters of a unique business structure known as a “benefit corporation.” Essentially, a benefit corporation is a corporate entity in which shareholders are empowered to consider the corporation’s impact on the planet, community, employees, and society.  Normally, shareholders of a C corporation have fiduciary Read More

Trademarks vs. Copyrights: Which Do You Need For Your Business?

When your startup is in its very earliest stages, its most important and precious assets are likely its intellectual property. Too often, though, entrepreneurs put intellectual property protection on the backburner because they are primarily focused on keeping the lights on and the operation going. The choices you make at the outset regarding your company’s intellectual property, though, are among the most important Read More

What Goes into a Franchise Disclosure Document?

Becoming a franchisee is an appealing way for many aspiring business owners to dip their toes into the entrepreneurial universe. Generally, there is a proven business model and process for franchisees to follow, in addition to many other forms of support provided by franchisors. There is still a fair amount of due diligence for potential franchisees to conduct, however, before agreeing to this business relationship. Read More

Tortious Interference: How it Affects You

As a business owner, your contracts are the lifeblood of your company's profitability and your livelihood. Written contracts are the best way to ensure that the parties your business deals with directly live up to their end of any agreements you enter. What happens, though, when a third party, who is not covered under one of your business’s contracts, meddles in your business’s affairs? In this case, you might have a Read More

An Introduction to B Corporations

Among businesspeople, it is common knowledge that the primary duty of a corporation’s executives and board of directors is to earn shareholders a return on their investment. This fiduciary duty has long been the accepted practice. The movement to be environmentally conscious, however, has ushered in new ways of thinking, including the development of a unique type of business structure referred to as a B corporation. Read More

An Overview of EBITDA

One of the many ways that potential investors or other potential stakeholders can assess the financial health of a company is by using a figure known as EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. If you are an entrepreneur and attempting to persuade venture capitalists and certain types of investors to supply funding to your start-up, you might choose to highlight your start-up’s Read More

Four Things Business Owners Should Do Before Hiring Their First Employee

Has your business grown to the point where you need extra help to keep things running smoothly? If you are ready to hire your first employee or need to convert an independent contractor to employee status, there are several steps you will need to take to comply with state and federal law and to shield your business from future disputes. Here are four things you should begin working on before you extend that first job Read More

California Small Business: Hourly vs. Salaried Employees

Great news: your business has expanded so much that you need an extra pair of hands to keep everything going and your clients happy. Before you hire your first employee, though, you have to determine if you are offering an hourly or salaried position. This blog will go over some of the important distinctions between these two types of compensation.  Salaried vs. Hourly Compensation Salaried workers often sign Read More

Tag-Along vs. Drag-Along Rights

Majority and minority shareholders are often in a perpetual state of tension. Minority shareholders in a company will often seek to find ways to secure some semblance of power and control, while majority shareholders are often eager to assert theirs. This dynamic can be a particular problem when the company is for sale, which is why there are a popular set of rights often used by companies that issue stock called Read More