How to encourage compliance among your employees

When you are building your business and beginning to hire employees, one of your biggest concerns will be developing a team of like-minded individuals who are committed to protecting your intellectual property and representing your brand in the best way possible. One of the most critical ways to do this is to implement protocols and policies designed to encourage compliance. …

What is a non-compete agreement?

When forming your business and setting up all its aspects, you may have certain secrets or things you wish not to be shared outside the company. These things usually play an important role in the operation of your business and may give you a competitive edge. However, once you begin hiring employees, these secrets are at risk of being exposed …

What should I do to prepare my small business for sale?

As a small business owner in Tennessee, there may come a time when you decide to sell your business. The process may seem as if it will be easy. You find a buyer, they pay you money and the business is sold. However, it is not that simple. There are actually numerous things you have to do to prepare for …

How to become certified as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

Female entrepreneurs face unique challenges compared to their male counterparts. If you’re a female business owner you’ve likely been hard at work to stay competitive in the male-dominated industry. One way that female entrepreneurs are able to stay competitive is by becoming certified as a WOSB. After receiving certification you can compete for social and economic opportunities to help your …

What advantages does a trademark provide for your business?

If you are in the beginning stages of starting your own company in Tennessee, chances are you have already begun researching what you can do to protect your intellectual property rights. Failure to take precautionary steps against copycats and thieves can significantly increase the risks of your product or service being replicated and registered by someone else. Fortunately, following the …

What does a copyright protect?

If you are a writer, composer, artist, software developer, photographer or other creative person living in Tennessee, you should obtain copyright protection for your creations so that other people cannot use them without your permission or make false claims that they created them rather than you. Obtaining protection from the U.S. Copyright Office protects your intellectual property. You can only …

Using strategic presentation to protect business concepts

For many entrepreneurs in Tennessee, the thought of starting a business from an original idea is met with great excitement and anticipation for the future. Developing a concept from an idea to an actual product or service requires an immense amount of time and dedication. One of the biggest risks that entrepreneurs face is being able to protect their business …

The ins and outs of commercial leases

Leasing commercial space can be one of the more frustrating aspects of starting, or further developing, a business. A range of considerations – rent, duration, location, design, floor plan, capacity (to name a few) – must be taken into account. As they will quickly admit, many business owners and managers are uncertain how to approach setting up an office space, …

What licenses and permits will you need to do business in TN?

After coming up with a product or service, but before making it available to the public in Tennessee, you will need to apply for all the necessary licenses and permits. Depending on your plans for your company, you may not need many, but certain types of businesses require more than others. Failing to acquire the appropriate licenses and permits could …

Business owners: what you should know about trade secrets

If you operate a small business, then you know how crucial it is to set your company apart from competitors. Considering how much time and energy you put into distinguishing your business from the others through your marketing choices, products offerings and services, it is vital that you protect them. These are all examples of trade secrets, and as a …