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Alex: I’ve got questions about the America Invents Act. I’ve been hearing a lot about moving from a “first to invent” to a “first to file” system, and I think I understand the ramifications of that. I’m wondering, though, how important in the intellectual property prosecution and protection process, will things like signed dated notebooks be? I mean, if the rights of an invention are now going to be assigned to whoever gets to the patent office first, is it still important at all to prove that you hatched the idea on a specific date?
This post originally appeared on THEsmallCOMPANYBLOG. When you take a moment to list all of the functions involved in running a small company, it is easy to see how overwhelming entrepreneurship can be. Having to perform sales, marketing, accounting, purchasing and shipping (along with two dozen other daily tasks) requires set of skills many people [...]
This post originally appeared on THEsmallCOMPANYBLOG. Before I get too far into this article, I need to point something out. Like hundreds of people before me, I could have used the 1,000 words that follow to declare that running a successful small company is about things like taking risks, accepting failure, multi-tasking, finding creative solutions [...]
Hiring an intern sounds like a great, low-cost way to get some help growing your business. But what are the legal implications? Are you required to pay an intern? Is school credit enough? Do interns have to be paid at least minimum wage? Attorney Ramon M. Gonzalez tells you where to find the information you [...]
This post originally appeared on THEsmallCOMPANYBLOG. Over the last three years writing about small companies, many of my friends, colleagues and fellow bloggers have questioned my decision to draw such a hard distinction between small companies and their larger counterparts. I regularly receive emails like “Is working for a small company really that different?” and [...]
This post originally appeared on THEsmallCOMPANYBLOG. Whether you are an employee, manager, or owner of a small company, the question ”How is my company REALLY doing?” is often asked, but rarely answered. Sure, there are basic metrics like Total Revenue, Profit Margin and Employee Turnover which can paint at least part of the picture. However, all of these measures have one [...]
This post originally appeared on THEsmallCOMPANYBLOG. As many of you who regularly visit this blog know, my life mission is relatively straightforward: to stop small company owners and managers from running their companies like big ones. And nowhere is it more tempting for entrepreneurs to emulate their larger counterparts than during the hiring process, where [...]
This post originally appeared on THEsmallCOMPANYBLOG. Over the past six months or so, all of us have spoken to at least one friend or relative who is considering starting a business. Some have been laid off, others have experienced cutbacks or pay cuts, and the rest are simply unhappy with their current situations. But regardless of the [...]
There are a number of ways in which money is sucked out of a small company each year, literally undetected. Five of the most common are outlined below.
Want to know what’s going on in small business news around the Internet this week? Here are some of the top stories: New Tax Laws Galore for Small Business Owners: Entrepreneur.com runs down new tax laws on the books for 2010 that will affect small businesses. For instance, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act [...]