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Understanding Mezzanine Financing

As a business owner, there are times when you will need to finance important purchases. Finding the right financing solution can be difficult, but when done properly, you can help ensure your company has the money it needs to grow and thrive. Mezzanine is an often-overlooked financing option, but it has been growing in popularity over the last several years. It is a hybrid of debt and equity financing, and gives both Read More

What Business Owners Should Know About the TCPA First Before Doing Text Message Marketing

While many businesses have shifted their focus away from cold calling as their primary route of finding new customers, it can still be an effective option for business owners in many industries. However, thanks to other corporations abusing the technology, measures have been put in place to regulate how businesses can call potential customers. Before you start using telemarketing, cold calls, or auto-dialed calls as Read More

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Explained

If you’ve ever had a business partner work against your company’s best interests, you know how financially devastating it can be for a growing business. If you trust someone to act in your best interests, and they’ve agreed to such an obligation, they may have a fiduciary obligation to you. If they then violate that obligation, you may have grounds for a breach of fiduciary duty complaint.  Establishing a Read More

What Business Owners Need to Know About Zoning and Land Regulations

As a business owner, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is where you establish your business. This choice determines which local laws apply to your operations, how easily customers and clients can find you, and how much room you have for expansion. Before you begin looking for the ideal location, get familiar with Florida zoning, and land regulations to know what is and is not permitted. What Zoning Read More

Florida Business Law: Wrongful Dissociation Explained

Individuals who join forces as a limited liability company are held to specific standards as outlined in Florida statutes and each company’s operating agreements. Wrongful dissociation is an issue that can lead to financial damages to other members of an LLC. Chapter 605 of Florida Statutes lays out the Revised Limited Liability Company Act, also known as the “New Act,” which covers wrongful dissociation and other Read More

Business Law 101: How to Decide if It’s Worth It to File a Lawsuit

As a business owner, there’s no shortage of tough decisions coming your way. One of the most challenging choices for business owners is deciding when it’s time to pursue legal action against someone harming your company. Whether you’re interested in suing someone for defaming your company, infringing on your intellectual property, or failing to follow through on a contract, there are several things to consider when Read More

Sole Proprietors: 6 Things You Need to Do Before Hiring Your First Employee

As a sole proprietor, you’ve put in countless hours to get your business off the ground and start bringing in money. You’ve undoubtedly pulled at least a few 15-hour days to meet deadlines and keep clients happy. The decision to hire an employee marks the next stage of your journey as a business owner. Before you take that step, however, make sure you’ve adequately prepared and protected yourself from potential Read More

Trademark Law: Understanding Abandonment

Your trademarks define and protect your business. When you have trademarked your business name, slogan, logo, or other intellectual property, it’s up to you to protect your trademark and avoid losing them to other companies. Abandonment is a legal concept that can invalidate a trademark and leave it available for use by other parties. What is Abandonment? Abandonment is the loss of trademark rights. There are Read More

Understanding Florida’s Trade Secret Laws

As a successful business owner, one of your goals is to set yourself apart from your competition. However, if your trade secrets have been leaked to competitors or the general public, you could see a significant decrease in business. Understanding Florida’s trade laws puts you in a position to protect your company’s secrets and your livelihood. What is a Trade Secret? The term “trade secret” is clearly defined Read More

4 Forms You Need to Legally Establish a Nonprofit

Nonprofit organizations are a driving force of change, giving you the chance to change the world you live in and help causes that are important to you. If you want to set up a nonprofit organization in Florida, you must follow a specific process and file the proper forms to protect yourself from litigation. Articles of Incorporation When you decide to start a nonprofit organization, you must draft and file your Read More