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  • Many business owners face the frustrating reality of late or non-paying customers. This article explains the laws and regulations that you must comply with when attempting to collect on customer or vendor debt. For a primer on collecting customer debt, read Getting Your Customers to Pay Up;...
    Archive - January 19, 2011 - 16 comments
  •  Customer testimonials are a powerful marketing tool for many small businesses. Be sure that you are acting within the law when using customer testimonials in your marketing. Read on for helpful tips and a breakdown of endorsement regulations. Legal Guidance Be sure that your customer...
    Archive - December 28, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Small businesses facing poor financial conditions may have to consider drastic employment decisions including layoffs and benefit reductions. If your business faces these decisions, the following article will help you understand your legal rights and obligations concerning employment law. Layoffs...
    Archive - December 14, 2010 - 4 comments
  • Most small businesses owners choose to start their business where i;s convenient- on their home turf, in the state where they live. But what if your business activities are-t so straightforward? What if have customers in other states, sell online, or have a business partner or employee that lives...
    Archive - December 09, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Many small business owners fear that it's too costly to adopt eco-friendly practices. However, small investments can reap large gains by simply tweaking workplace behaviors and making a few low-cost upgrades.  Tips for Eco-Friendly Businesses on a Budget The ENERGY STAR website encourages...
    Archive - December 08, 2010 - 4 comments
  • In early October, the US Department of the Treasury announced a new funding for small businesses in the form of a State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The funding, which is a component of the Small Business Jobs Act, will support $15 billion in new small business lending through local...
    Archive - December 01, 2010 - 2 comments
  • Due to the credit crunch, small businesses and other borrowers have struggled to secure financing, and as a result hopeful borrowers are considering other options besides traditional banking institutions. Read on to learn more about non-bank lenders and some points to consider when borrowing from...
    Archive - November 24, 2010 - 4 comments
  • If you are self employed, you know first-hand how much research and focus it takes to get your business up and running. The list of topics you must familiarize yourself with including tax laws, government regulations, selling to customers- is long and varied. Chances are, you are;t an expert at...
    Archive - November 17, 2010 - 0 comments
  • There are a number of programs and services from the government and non-profit organizations specifically designed to help veterans start and grow their businesses.General Information GuidesTo get started, first read through the Veteran-Owned Business Guide, where you'll find information for...
    Archive - November 11, 2010 - 7 comments
  • Last year, SB;s HUBZone program received over 5,000 applications from small businesses hoping to gain priority in federal contracting opportunities. The program has recently streamlined processes to minimize waiting periods for new applicants and taken more action to reduce fraud. About the...
    Archive - November 09, 2010 - 1 comments

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