How to Search Trademarks for Your Business

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So, you’ve come up with a clever name or slogan for your business and you want to register your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but now what? In our last blog post, we touched on the importance of protecting your trademark through registration. But before committing to the costly and time-consuming process of registering your trademark, it is a good idea to find out if anyone else is already using a similar name or mark for related goods and services. After you … [Read more...]

Protect Your Trademark

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Does your business have a unique slogan? Did you create a special logo for your front sign? How do you protect these special trademarks from being used by another business? A trademark is a name, design or slogan that distinguishes your business from your competitors. Success often breeds imitation, and it’s important to protect the unique brand of your business from being copied by those who want to divert your customers and capitalize on your success. One way to protect a business is to … [Read more...]

5 Customer Service Tips to Help Maintain a Thriving Business

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At one time or another, all of us have been disappointed by a company’s poor customer service (or lack of customer service altogether). A business can offer a fabulous product, but if they don’t put their customers first then they’ll likely experience a quick decline in success. Are you thinking of forming a small business, or perhaps you already have and want to know how to keep it thriving? Listed below are some customer service tips that will keep your customers coming back for … [Read more...]

Does Incorporating Your Business Save on Taxes?

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Entrepreneurs choose to incorporate their business for many different reasons.  Some of these reasons include: increasing the credibility of your business, protecting your personal assets and identity, as well as saving money on taxes. With the 2015 tax season coming to a close, this last item likely hits home for many new businessmen and women… Below are some examples of tax advantages that can result due to incorporation. Research what’s best for your business. Deciding how you want to … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Incorporating as an S Corporation

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Perhaps you have finally given into your entrepreneurial spirit and are ready to start your own business. How exciting! If you haven’t already, you will soon hear all the talk about different ways to incorporate your business. For instance, should you do an LLC or C corporation?  An S corporation is another option, and below are pros and cons to consider about this type of incorporation. PROS Your personal assets are protected.  A shareholder is not personally responsible for the … [Read more...]