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Friday, February 11, 2022

Virtual Mediation in COVID-19 Times


COVID-19 brought unprecedented times to all of us, businesses included. Over the past few years, COVID-19 has persisted and businesses have been hard hit with its multifaceted impacts. As businesses struggle with lockdowns, social distancing, and competing in an ever changing market, there will continue to be problems arising. There will be conflicts businesses need to resolve. On top of all of the hardships businesses have faced lately, the prospect of stressful, costly, and time consuming litigation may just be too much to bear.
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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Have you Heard of the Promoting Competition in the American Economy Executive Order?


President Joe Biden issued Executive Order 14036 on July 9, 2021. Titled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” the order included 72 initiatives geared at tackling what the President asserts to be the most pressing competition issues the U.S. economy is currently facing. Let’s take a closer look at this executive order and its goals.
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Thursday, January 20, 2022

COVID-19 Waivers and Your Business


As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, businesses continue to grapple with novel issues, such as how to protect the business from liability exposure while still being able to run a profitable business where employees can come into the office should they need to or want to. While shutdowns have not been in the news as much as they were in the beginning of the pandemic, if the past years have taught us anything, it is that we need to prepare for anything. While many businesses have fully opened up, many are still having employees work remotely. Regardless of how open to in person interactions a business may be, there are likely questions as to how the business can protect itself in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak or should employees or customers contract COVID-19 in the business setting. To help limit potential liability exposure, some businesses have tried to put COVID-19 waivers in place.
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Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Stages of Contract Formation


In business, contracts are going to be a necessity at one point or another, and likely at multiple different points in the business operations. Because of this, you should prepare yourself with some foundational knowledge about contracts, what they should include, and the stages of confirmation. Here, we will go over some of the basic stages in the contract formation process.

The Stages of Contract Formation

A contract is, in its most basic sense, a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. A contract is formed to protect and streamline the exchange of a variety of things that can include goods, money, services, or simply promises to be kept between the parties.
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Monday, December 13, 2021

What to Include in a Business Lease Agreement


As a business owner or entrepreneur, you will likely need to enter into a commercial lease agreement at one point. You may be the landlord operating commercial rental property or you may be looking for space to rent for your business. Either way, it is important that you understand the terms to include in the commercial lease agreement. Here, we will review some of the essential terms to include and be mindful of when entering into a business lease agreement.

What to Include in a Business Lease Agreement

A business lease agreement will state the terms of the lease.
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Friday, November 19, 2021

The SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program


Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses, small businesses in particular, have been hit hard. The Small Business Association (SBA) has launched a number of efforts in order to help small businesses stay afloat during this turbulent time. One such program was the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. While this program stopped accepting new applications as of August 20, 2021, it can still be informative to learn about such SBA programs and monitor the situations should such programs reopen in the future.

The SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

Established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act, The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is distributing more than $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues.
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Friday, November 19, 2021

How to Appeal a Denial of Your PPP Loan Forgiveness


Among the life rafts the Small Business Administration (SBA) threw over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic was the Paycheck Protection Plan Loan geared to helping businesses keep their workforce employed throughout the public health crisis. Now, some businesses are still struggling and some are getting back on their feet after the tumultuous ups and downs of the past year or so. Many businesses have applied for PPP loan forgiveness as they continue to fight for the well-being of their business and its employees. Some applications for PPP loan forgiveness have been denied. While not all PPP loans will be forgiven, you may still have the opportunity to appeal denial of your PPP loan forgiveness and it can be well worth the effort.


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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Can You Run a Business from Home in Texas?


There are many benefits to running a business from home. Think about it. Starting a business out of your home will immediately cut down on your start-up costs.
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Saturday, October 30, 2021

What to Include in a Service Contract


In your business, you may contract with others to either provide or receive services. It is often a necessary part of doing business. Resist the temptation to enter into a mere oral understanding when you are involved in such dealings.
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Thursday, September 30, 2021

How to Protect Your Business From a Lawsuit


Starting a business can be a great entrepreneurial endeavor. The ups and downs of businesses can, to a certain extent, not always be planned for. Some of the bigger downs, however, are often preventable.
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Monday, September 27, 2021

How Do I Get a DBA in Texas?


Sometimes, a business will want to conduct business matters under a secondary name, or a trade name. This is known as a DBA of “doing business as.” It is also referred to as an assumed name or a fictitious name.


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