Starbuck Loses Trademark Lawsuit

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In a legal case of David and Goliath, a small NH coffee shop has prevailed over a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against them by corporate giant Starbucks. Jim and Annie Clark own and operate the Black Bear Micro Roastery, located in Tuftonboro, NH. One of the coffee blends offered to their customers is called “Charbucks.” […]

Unlawful Application and Interview Questions

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Illinois small business owners must navigate a range of confusing rules and regulations in their operations. The challenges are manifest even more when dealing with employees. All employees are protected from unlawful discrimination based on factors such as race, age, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more. However, the protections under the law begin before […]

The Growing Small Businesses Act Introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives

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On February 20, 2014, Illinois Representative Rodney Davis and New Jersey Representative Donald Payne Jr. introduced the Growing Small Businesses Act (HR 4063). The bill was introduced during National Entrepreneurship Week, with the goal of providing assistance and training for both the unemployed and potential business owners. Why the Growing Small Businesses Act?  Senator Davis, […]

Tips for Drafting an NLRA Compliant Social Media Policy

NLRA Compliant Social Media

Social media will forever change the way our society connects and communicates. As social media has become pervasive within our society, its use has become a norm within and outside the workplace. Any small business owner looking to institute a social media policy in their workplace must be aware of the National Labor Relations Act […]

Crowdfunding is Big Money for Small Businesses

A term heard more and more in the business world is “crowdfunding” – defined as a way of funding a project or business by raising small amounts of money from many people.” This is usually done through the Internet, using companies such as Kickstarter, Fundable, Lucky Ant, Indiegogo, just to name a few. Last year, […]

To Avoid Fines Small Business Owners Must Be Aware of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Laws

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Laws

Over the past year, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (“IWCC”) has greatly increased the prosecution of those small business owners who have not obtained workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Those employers who do not obtain workers’ compensation insurance are doing themselves, and their business, a grave disservice. The small business law attorneys here at […]

Illinois Bill Signed to Assist Small Business Owners

Bill Signed to Assist Small Business Owners

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that creates a specialized task force to aid Illinois small business, particularly those owned by minorities. The Illinois Small Business and Workforce Development Task Force Act will provide businesses with easier access to capital funding, workforce development, and state contracting opportunities. The law hopes to expand […]

Dissolving a Business Partnership

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When you were starting your business, it seemed the most natural and easiest thing in the world to have a partner. You couldn’t start the company alone, after all, and having a partner meant having additional expertise, experience, and someone with whom you could “shop” ideas. “Business partnerships dissolve for many reasons,” according to the […]

Small Business Marketing Tips to Set you Apart from the Crowd

Small Business Marketing Tips to Set you Apart from the Crowd

Whether you are content with being a hometown name or you have hopes of reaching millions of prospective customers worldwide, there are a few basic marketing tips that you need to follow to ensure your business success. The first thing that drives any business is brand recognition. You need to select a name that says […]

Funding to Start a Small Business

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You don’t have to be a self-made millionaire or come from money to start a business. In recent years the number of entrepreneurs across the country has skyrocketed. According to Forbes magazine, “as of March 2011, there are an average of 320 new businesses launched every month, for every 100,000 U.S. adults.” That breaks down […]