Small Business

Negotiating a Commercial Lease? Follow These 5 Tips for Better Success!

Leasing a piece of property can be a stressful process particularly if you are trying to find the right space for your business. A lot of people think that there isn’t any room for negotiating rent, particularly when the landlord is the one calling all the shots. Well, think again! As a tenant, you have a right to negotiate to try and get better terms that will benefit you and your company. Here are some


My General Counsel® – The Business Owner’s Way of Lawyering Up!

Typically, small to mid-size businesses deal with legal challenges as they arise, rather than working to avoid them in the first place.  In other words, they move forward with contracts without any legal representation whatsoever.  Enter into partnerships without the proper documentation to prevent disagreements in the future.   Sign long-term leases without proper protections for the business.  Or,  contracts that don’t allow the business owner to collect attorneys’ fees when the other side doesn’t pay. 


Protecting your brand and your business

Protecting your Intellectual Property is very important to your business’s success, and every business has IP.  In certain industries such as tech and entertainment, it is obvious that there is IP to protect.  However, for certain industries, say a realtor or a barbershop, your IP might not be obvious.  Every business uses a mark (name, symbol/logo, or both) to identify itself in the market place.  This is your trademark (or servicemark if your business provides