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Dealing with a Bad Customer; Litigate or Cut Your Losses?

By Jake Van Loon and Sheryl Hunter Bad customers are a reality in any business. Attorney Sheryl Hunter explains “these are the customers who do not pay you, who make unreasonable demands or unwarranted complaints, or who threaten to defame you and your company if you do not do as they ask.”  Bad customers can.. read more →

Self-Awareness in Entrepreneurship

One of the keys of running a successful company is knowing your employees. By the same logic, entrepreneurs and start-up owners who work for themselves will benefit from getting to know themselves a little bit better. The Entrepreneur seeking self-awareness has a few options. The Myers-Briggs Test:  This is a test that finds one’s psychological.. read more →

The Hult Prize in Tampa

By Jake Van Loon Bill Clinton could be giving away $1 million to a student at the University of Tampa. What: The Hult prize is a business plan competition in the field of social entrepreneurship that started at the London based Hult School of Business in 2009 as a way to crowd source solutions to.. read more →

Medical Marijuana in the Work Place

By Adam Hersh, Esquire In the upcoming weeks, it is largely anticipated that Florida will legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. With the legalization of marijuana comes a variety of challenges and legal issues. Employers should begin now to re-evaluate their drug policies in conjunction with medical marijuana. What is the effect of legalizing marijuana in.. read more →

Do You Have to Pay Your Summer Intern?

By: Adam Hersh, Esquire With summer fast approaching many businesses are embarking on summer internships. While some internships are paid, many are not. This post focuses on the risks to the employer associated with unpaid internships. Contrary to popular belief, stating that an internship is unpaid does not mean that the intern is not entitled.. read more →

Is there a devil in the details of your employee handbook?

By: Adam Hersh, Esquire   One of the most common things we are asked to review is a Company’s employee handbook. The employee handbook is a very important document because it contains the policies of the employer, from paid time off to safety practices.  What many employers don’t realize is that it is just as.. read more →

The Fair Labor Standards Act: Understanding Minimum Wage, Overtime and Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

By Adam Hersh, Esquire   Every small business owner will eventually hear these words: minimum wage, overtime, and exempt vs. non-exempt employees.  They may have some idea what these terms mean but are likely uncertain how they apply to their business and employees. The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of these.. read more →

Complying With Regulations Governing Your Small Business

The start of a new year brings a new set of challenges for any small business. One of the most common sources of frustration for small business owners is how to comply with the regulations placed upon their business. Business owners know they need to comply with regulations but often times have no idea what.. read more →

Are Business Cards a Thing of the Past?

Are Business Cards a Thing of the Past? I love to highlight smart businesses within our community, especially when the business is offering something as user friendly and desirable as Savvycard. I am using it and loving it and invite you to check it out. Free and premium versions are available. An e-business card and.. read more →

“Doing Business As” – Understanding the Difference Between an Entity Name, a Fictitious Name, a Domain Name, and a Trademark

Over the years representing small business owners I’ve witnessed a lot of confusion about the names used by businesses.  This is understandable given the terms flying around – fictitious name, domain name, trademark… So let’s take a moment to explain how these names differ from one another. Business Entity Name When we file an entity.. read more →