Category Archives: Small Business

Five Ways To Value A Small Business You Are Buying Or Selling

When buying or selling a small business, there are five ways to determine a fair purchase price: 1.  Look At Similar Businesses. The least accurate option is to look at similar businesses that are for sale on the Internet. The … Continue reading

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The Five Steps To Obtaining A Trademark

A trademark is often an important investment in protecting the intellectual property of your business. Obtaining a trademark involves five steps: 1.  Search For Conflicting Trademarks. Your first step is make sure there are not any conflicting trademarks. You should … Continue reading

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Why we love helping small business owners and startups.

Rose Rose Productions did an amazing jobs of producing this video on why we love helping small business owners and startups. We are very fortunate to spend our days helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

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How To Update Your San Francisco Business Address

If you change your business address in San Francisco, the following checklist is a good starting point for most businesses to make sure you update all of the necessary government agencies and service providers. 1.  California Secretary Of State’ Office. … Continue reading

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The Top 4 Drawbacks to Incorporating in Delaware

More companies are incorporated in Delaware than any other state.  In fact, half a million businesses, including more than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies and 60% of Fortune 500 companies, have incorporated in Delaware. So why wouldn’t you form your corporation in … Continue reading

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How To Dissolve A Delaware Corporation That Is Registered To Do Business In California

So your company’s life has come to an end. What now? Merely closing your doors is not enough to officially dissolve your company.  You should consult with your attorney and tax professional as it varies from company to company, but … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Reasons Your Early Stage Startup Should Use Restricted Stock Instead Of Stock Options

Startups often use equity to help attract and keep talented workers.  This article outlines the differences and similarities of stock options and restricted stock purchase agreements and why most early stage startups which issue stock shortly after formation select restricted … Continue reading

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Should Your California Professional Corporation Elect To Be Taxed As An S Corporation?

In California, certain professions that require a state license are prohibited from forming a limited liability company or a traditional corporation and instead must incorporate as a professional corporation. If you do not elect to have your California professional corporation … Continue reading

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What Is A California Professional Corporation?

In California, certain professions are prohibited from forming a limited liability company or a traditional corporation and instead must incorporate as a professional corporation. Professions that are required to be professional corporations include many of those that must have a … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Reasons to Incorporate in Delaware

There are many reasons why more companies are incorporated in Delaware than any other state.  This article highlights a few of the reasons why half a million businesses, including more than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies and 60% of Fortune 500 … Continue reading

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How Many Shares Should You Authorize For Your Delaware Corporation?

When forming a corporation in Delaware you will need to indicate on the certificate of incorporation the total amount of stock the corporation is authorized to issue.  There are two schools of thought on how best to make this decision: 1.  Only Authorize … Continue reading

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What Is An 83(b) Election and Should You File One?

This article provides a broad overview of Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code and how it affects founders and employees who purchase stock that is subject to vesting.  That is, stock that individuals gain rights to overtime.  It also discusses who … Continue reading

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The Top Six Reasons Your Company Should Have Strategic Bylaws

Although California does not require a company to have written bylaws, below are six reasons why every business owner should invest in a strategically thought out set of bylaws for their company: 1.  The Bylaws are the Company’s Legal Backbone. A … Continue reading

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How Can You Incorporate Your Company In Delaware Without Having a Physical Office In The State?

Business owners are often interested in incorporating in Delaware, but are uncertain of whether they can do so without having a physical office in the state. A business owner does not need a physical location to incorporate in Delaware, but … Continue reading

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Why Your Website Most Likely Needs a Privacy Policy and What Must Be In It

The California Online Privacy Protection Act requires a website to “conspicuously post” a privacy policy if it “collects and maintains personally identifiable information from a consumer residing in California.” “Personally identifiable information” is defined very broadly to include a first … Continue reading

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Top Questions to Ask A Business Attorney Before You Hire One

As a business owner, you face many challenges and expenses. One of the most important decisions is how to meet the legal requirements of you business while balancing the need to preserve time and capital.  Below is a list of … Continue reading

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