The Real Life of a Hardware Startup Founder

When does it make sense to launch a hardware startup? For Jason Morlon, it’s when the demands of career overtake the joys of life—and...

How Do I Know What Local Registrations Are Required?

Almost every business requires a permit or license of some kind. But the specific requirements will vary from place to place, making it difficult to know what you need when you are just getting started. Knowing where to look will save you lots of time and energy in the licensing process.

Timing Is Everything: When to Assemble a Board of Directors for Your Business

You may not think your company needs extra oversight, but even a small business can benefit from the guidance and structure a board can provide. As long as your board is made up of the right people, the same will hold true for you.

5 Points to Weigh Before Converting Your Business into a Corporation

We help launch dozens and dozens of startups each year. In the vast majority of cases, we form a Delaware C-Corp. However, lately we...

Don’t Trademark Your Business Name Without These 3 Tips

To protect the small business you've worked so hard for, it's important that you go through the proper channels to obtain a federally registered trademark for your name.

How to Grow Your Small Operation into a Full-Blown Business

My partner Jeff and I started our business in 2007, operating essentially as two freelancers under one umbrella company. Jeff was a freelance website...

A Founder’s First Key Decision is the Business Name

First things first – your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make. The name of your business has a tremendous impact on how customers and investors view you, and in today's small world, it's a world-wide decision.

4 Ways to Prevent Someone from Stealing Your Startup Idea

Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-professor with over two decades of experience, has over the course of his career founded or worked within eight different startups....

How Do I Set Up My New Business for Tax Purposes?

New business owners often ask, "How do I set up my business for tax purposes?" One of the choices you make when starting a business is the type of legal organization you select. This decision can affect how much you pay in taxes, the amount of bookkeeping and paperwork required, the personal liability you might be responsibility for, and your ability of borrow money.

How to Name Your Business

A name is the cornerstone of your business—it sets the stage for your branding and identity. Just imagine if Target still went by its original name: The Dayton Dry Goods Company. If you're about to start a business (or maybe are thinking about rebranding an existing business), you've probably been brainstorming for the perfect name.

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