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Advertising Laws that Protect Your Business

Successful businesses depend on getting the word out.  Small business or large umbrella corporations all fall subject to business laws and if you don’t know them, you could pay big time.  When it comes to advertising, there are do’s and don’ts that protect you and can actually make you more successful. The Federal Trade Commission […]

Different types of businesses in Florida

It seems that so many people are packing up from other states and relocating to Florida.  Many are retirees.  Many are people fed up with the cold and the expense of living where it’s cold.  Once in Florida, how are these people going to earn a living.  Some may want to start their own business.  […]

What the Government Looks For in Bids for Contracts

Doing business with the federal government or a state government is really no different from doing business with any other customer. It may sound intimidating to consider doing business with the government, however, what they are looking for is the same as everyone else. The government pumps billions of dollars into the economy by doing […]

What is the difference between Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws?

Florida Today (Originally Published in Florida Today) Business Q&A By Edward J. Kinberg The basic difference is pretty simple. Articles of Incorporation are public records, Bylaws are not. In Florida, most businesses must file some sort of organizational document with the Secretary of State’s Office before starting to do business in the State. For a […]

Using Independent Contractors

Florida Today Q&A January 2012 (Originally published in Florida Today in January, 2012) Edward J. Kinberg I am setting up a new business and am considering using independent contractors instead of employees.  Can I do this? While you can use independent contractors instead of employees, you need to make sure you understand the difference between […]

Ethics

Florida Today October 11, 2012 (Originally Published in Florida Today in October of 2012) Edward J. Kinberg My past articles have discussed specific legal issues.  This month I have decided to shift my focus to ethics because this issue can help businesses avoid legal disputes with owners, employees and customers. While there are numerous laws and […]

Why do I need a will?

A will has three main purposes. 1)         Establish a plan for distribution upon your death To document your wishes for how you would like your assets distributed upon your death.  The simplest and most common distribution is what we commonly refer to as an “I Love You Will”.   I give everything to my spouse and […]

Business Owner’s May be Responsible for Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners are normally found responsible for all injuries that occur on their property. This is the case when that property owner knew of the foreseen issue and did nothing to fix it before someone become hurt. Many businesses will purchase signs to use if there are dangers around the business area that consumers will […]

Local Featured Business: The Common Stone Pottery – A Place to Accomplish the Extraordinary

Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher famously quoted, “It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone.”  She is right.  Too many people focus their energy nowadays on their self image instead of what they can do.  But that concept is changing back.  There are a few people […]

The Advantages of Registering Business Name with the State

Business owners know that they should file their businesses with the state for tax purposes.  This is a responsibility and usually done begrudgingly.  After all, who wants to pay taxes?  But are there any advantages for registering business with the state? You may be surprised to learn that there are three major advantages for registering […]

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