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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Protecting Your Business’s Website

Can I copyright my website?

In today’s internet driven world, your website will often be a customer or client’s first introduction to your business.  Your website is one of your business’s most valuable assets and, as such, it must be protected to the fullest extent. There are several steps you can take to protect your business website using intellectual property laws.


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Turning Your Concept into a Startup


How do I start up a small business?

Owning your own small business is the American dream for many.  While coming up with a dynamic concept is an important step to any startup, your idea is just the launching point for your successful business.  Our Austin, Texas business law lawyers discuss how you can grow your business from an idea to a full-fledged business.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Business Disputes: Arbitration vs. Mediation


Is arbitration or mediation the best method for resolving my business dispute?

For business owners, disputes are inevitable.  Often, business disputes will arise between business partners or between two businesses when they disagree about the terms of a contract.  A business dispute can cause much stress and have financial implications.  When it comes to resolving your dispute, there are two main options:  arbitration or mediation.  Each dispute resolution process comes with benefits and drawbacks.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Takes on the Issue of Patent Reviews


Will the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the current patent review proceedings?

U.S. Supreme Court justices are currently divided over the issue of whether the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s patent review proceedings, known as inter partes review or IPR, are legal.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Minority Business Owners Could Be Eligible For Grants

What grants could I receive as a minority small business owner?

As a minority business owner, you may be eligible to receive a wide range of grants, which cost you nothing and need not be repaid.  Federal and private grants are designed to help minority business owners achieve success.  Sadly, a racial wage gap continues to exist in the United States. Black and Hispanic individuals continue to earn an estimated 30 percent less than their Caucasian counterparts.


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Friday, November 24, 2017

Drafting Your Employee Handbook


What policies should my employee handbook include?

All Texas employers should craft an employee handbook that sets out the business’ policies, expectations of employees, procedures, and benefits.  You can use your handbook as a means of reaching out to employees to instill your company vision while providing a comprehensive list of rules that can help to maintain a productive and safe workplace.  Every employee handbook will be unique, but most employee handbooks in Texas should include the following:

  1. An introduction to your company:  Consider starting your employee handbook off with a brief introduction to your company and the handbook itself.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Women-owned Businesses On the Rise in Texas

How can the SBA help my woman-owned business succeed?

Data recently released by the Texas comptroller reveals that the number of women-owned businesses is at an all-time high in Texas.  Between the years 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased five times as fast as the total number of companies.  While this trend represents great news for women entrepreneurs, many female small business owners still find it tough to break into traditionally male dominated fields.


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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Challenges of Small Business Ownership

How will owning a small business impact my life?

Running a small business can prove challenging for even the most prepared new business owners.  While most small businesses will survive their first year, many fail to make it in the ensuing years.  If you are considering launching your own small business, take a look at some of the basic challenges facing small business owners below.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying a Franchise

Should I buy a franchise business in Texas?

When it comes to starting your own business, you have numerous options available to you.  Budding entrepreneurs may consider buying a franchise, rather than starting your own concept.  There are several crucial advantages to buying a franchise, but also some limitations of which you should be aware.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Texas Businesses Struggle to Rebuild After Hurricane Harvey


Is financial assistance available to help my business recover after a disaster?

Hurricane Harvey struck the state of Texas on August 25, 2017.  This destructive storm brought over 40 inches of rain to areas in Texas, causing massive flooding.  Hundreds of thousands of homes were flooded in the storm, displacing over 30,000 people.  Businesses across Texas suffered tremendous flooding and loss of business damages.  It is estimated that the costs of Harvey could mount to over $30 billion.


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Protecting Your Idea or Concept with a Patent


What types of inventions can be patented?

Many businesses rely on a unique process or concept to achieve success.  Without legal protection, your novel idea is at risk of being copied or stolen.  Thankfully, some small business owners can protect their inventions by filing for a patent.  Patent law is complex and not every idea will qualify for legal protections.  Read more . . .


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