By: Tiffani S. Clements References on this page to the System for Award Management (SAM) will go into effect on July 29, 2012 until then please continue to use the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), and the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), to register your business with the government. SAM will replace CCR & ORCA on July 29, 2012. For more information on SAM visit www.sam.gov. If you or your customers require any assistance (troubleshooting, data concerns, general information, etc.) with SAM...
By Ashley Cassels What is a Buy-Sell Agreement and why do I need one? A Buy-Sell Agreement is a contractual document that creates rules for what will happen when a business owner needs to transfer his or her interest in the company or when a business owner ceases to be an owner of the business for any reason. How do I know if I need a Buy -Sell Agreement for my business? Does your LLC have multiple owners? Unless the only other owner is your spouse, your company should have a Buy-Sell Agreement in place. This is true, even...
Are you a woman-owned business looking to get a slice of the more than $400 billion dollar federal contracting pie? If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has great news for you! In Fiscal Year 2010, the federal government awarded more than $17.46 billion dollars in contracts to women-owned businesses! The SBA also implemented a new contracting tool—the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program—in February 2011, to help get more federal contracts into the hands of women-owned businesses and to help the...
By Cecelia Taylor Do you want to be your own boss, but are you not willing to take on the risk of starting your own business from scratch? Then franchising can be a great alternative if you are an entrepreneur with limited business experience or resources, and you want to have some guidance in the start-up phase of the business. What Exactly is Franchising? A franchise is a legal and commercial relationship between the owner of a trademark, service mark, trade name, or advertising symbol and an individual or group wishing to use that...
By Tiffani S. Clements If you are thinking about starting a small business, you may be wondering what the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) considers to be a small business. To determine whether your business qualifies as small, you must be able to answer “yes” to these questions: Is your business independently owned and operated in the United States? Is your business operated on a for-profit basis? Does your business make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy by paying taxes or using American products,...
If your employees spend 40 or more hours together each week, then it inevitably follows that not all of them are going to get along with each other or even with you! Difficult employees take all forms – whether it’s taking one too many long lunch breaks or spending a little too much time taking care of personal business during office hours. Difficult behavior rarely goes unnoticed by other employees and, if not addressed quicky, can prickle one too many feathers and lead to potentially explosive situations. As a manager, it is your...
By Ashley Cassels A love for animals may drive your passion to begin a career in the animal care and services industry, but you will need more than that to ensure professional success. Groomers, kennel attendants, trainers, and pet sitters each have a unique set of responsibilities. Read on for detailed descriptions of what to expect in each of these professions. Types of Animal Care Businesses If you want to start an animal care business, first think about the type of services your business will provide. Below we’ll review a few...
By Cecelia Taylor If you’re thinking of entering the organic food business, the following article will give you a better understanding of what it means for a product to be “organic” and how food producers and handlers can become organic-certified. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines “organic” as a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The main guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the...
“Does My Business Have To Provide Part-Time Employees with Benefits?" By Tiffani Clements If you’re looking to hire part-time employees to avoid offering benefits, you might want to read the information outlined in this article. While many employee benefits – such as paid time off - are not mandated by federal law, there are benefits which you are legally responsible for providing any employee working for your business, whether they work full-time or part-time. Benefits Required By Law The following are...
By Ashley Cassels Who Is Eligible to Work in the US? The US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) website explains that before any person can be employed in the U.S., they must prove to an employer that they can legally work here. In order to be legally employed, workers must be able to provide documentation that shows evidence of their ability to work in the United States. U.S. citizens can meet this requirement by showing proof of their United States citizenship and a valid identity document. Permanent Residents can meet this...
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