Lawyer Stuff 101 – Contract Negotiations

It’s one thing to have professional advisors – lawyers, accountants, etc. – to point you in the right direction. It’s a whole other thing to know how to use them properly. I’ve found it’s a pretty steep learning curve for … Continued

Selling Shares through Crowdfunding

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One of the most important recent developments in financing for small businesses has been the rise of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is when a bunch of people make small investments in a company through a crowdfunding portal (such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo), … Continued

Incorporating an Existing Business

I’ve talked about the pros and cons of different business structures in an earlier article, but what happens when you start out as a sole proprietor or in a partnership, and later want to incorporate? The transition needs to be … Continued

Unanimous Shareholder Agreements

This can be a confusing topic. There’s a whole lot of stuff written about it, utilizing an abundance of excessively Brobdingnagian verbiage, but it’s usually a lot of talk about what a unanimous shareholder agreement (or “USA”) is, rather than … Continued

Termination Pay – Firing Without Cause

Firing employees is among the least comfortable tasks that face business owners. Whether it’s a result of poor quality of work, conduct in the workplace, budget cuts, or restructuring, dismissing an employee is rarely a decision that’s made easily. Employees … Continued

How do I structure my business?

One of the most common questions I get from entrepreneurs at networking events is how to structure their business. Actually, the conversation usually starts with a question about whether or not I “do incorporations” (the answer is yes, btw). It … Continued