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Does Your Small Business Need a Social Media Policy?

Posted by James W. Creenan | May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

According to 2018 data provided by SCORE, the largest provider of volunteer business mentors in the United States, 77% of U.S. small businesses use social media for their sales, marketing, and customer service. If you plan to use social media to promote your business, a social media policy is ess...

Legally Terminating Employees

Posted by James W. Creenan | May 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

Most small business owners will occasionally have to face the unpleasant task of firing an employee. Small businesses, in particular, rely heavily on each employee. An underperforming employee may not only lower the morale of other employees who have to pick up the slack, but may also jeopardize ...

Can Your Small Business Write Off Bad Debts?

Posted by James W. Creenan | Mar 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Despite your best efforts to work only with customers or clients you believe will pay for the goods or services your business provides and to diligently collect delinquent amounts owed, you will almost inevitably have to deal with bad debts on occasion. In some circumstances, the IRS allows you t...

When Should You Use a Stay Bonus Agreement?

Posted by James W. Creenan | Feb 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Do you have certain key employees who help make your family business a success? Keeping those employees may be essential to a successful transition of ownership and management to your children or another new owner when you retire or pass away. A “stay bonus” (also called a retention bonus) is a s...

Ban the Box: What Employers Need to Know

Posted by James W. Creenan | Feb 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Thirty-three states and 150 municipalities and counties have enacted “ban-the-box” laws precluding employers from including questions about criminal history on employment applications. In many of these states, ban-the-box statutes apply only to public employers, but 13 states (including some of t...

DIY Legal: The Hidden Costs for Businesses

Posted by James W. Creenan | Feb 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Information is instantaneously available due to the rise of the internet. Additionally, many services that were not available in the past, including do-it-yourself (DIY) legal forms also exist. As a result, it is tempting to think that the forms provided by these DIY services can be a low-cost su...

Commercial Space: Should You Lease or Buy?

Posted by James W. Creenan | Feb 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

The location of your small business is an important factor in whether it succeeds or fails. Accessibility to customers, vendors, and employees, proximity to competitors, and zoning restrictions are just a few of the factors you have likely considered. Once you have determined the best location fo...

Sales Tax: What You Need to Know

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jan 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many small business owners contend with collecting, reporting, and paying sales tax. Although there is currently no federal sales tax, 45 states, and many localities, as well as the District of Columbia,  have a sales tax. Different taxing authorities have their own regulations, tax rates, exempt...

What You Need to Know about Business Opportunity Laws

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jan 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you are interested in starting a new business, you may be attracted by “out of the box” business opportunities offered by sellers that promise immediate success. Some of these schemes have rightly earned a bad reputation, for example, false promises that you will make thousands of dollars per ...

Important Considerations for Purchasing a Business

Posted by James W. Creenan | Dec 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Among those who desire to own their own business, many attempt to build a company from scratch. That, however, is not the only available option. Purchasing a company that is already in existence is a valid alternative. If you are interested in potentially acquiring a business instead of starting ...

PPP Loan Forgiveness Update

Posted by James W. Creenan | Dec 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

After months of anticipation, on December 21, 2020, Congress finally addressed several long awaited unresolved issues surrounding much needed economic relief to workers and businesses. Tucked within the 5,593 page ‘‘Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021'' Bill, you will find    SEC. 276. CLARIFIC...

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