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Year End Planning Opens the Gate to a Better New Year

This post marks the start of a new series for this blog. The goal of the series is to work through the planning process for small to mid-sized businesses and entrepreneurs, in the hope that I can help sort out some of the more beneficial ways to go about this planning process so it will actually show a return on the investment of time and effort.

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, entrepreneur, Growing a business, Intellectual property, Law, Planning for a business

Picking the Right Name for Your Company

Picking a company name is both a science and an art form for several reasons. Before you even contact a lawyer to help set up your company legal structure, I strongly suggest using a Google or other extensive online search, for the word, word combination, and meta tag names you are interested in using for your company name. I also strongly recommend doing at least your own trademark search to make sure another company has not registered a similar name in the same category of business. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has quite a bit of good information on trademarks, which are important to protect your name and to help ensure the name you choose does not infringe on one already registered by someone else.

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Could Social Media Plug the BP Oil Leak? Can Social Media Clean It Up?

Maybe it is time for the wisdom of the crowds to take a shot at resolving the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Could social media be used to “plug the damn hole?” Could the use of social media be helpful in finding ways to more effectively remediate the damage the oil spill has and will cause?

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, business, Business interruption, crisis, etc., Innovation, Intellectual property, open source, Social networking & media, technology

Mediation as an alternative to expensive, public litigation of sensitive business issues

More than one hundred years ago, Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying: “Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner often is the real loser, in fees, expenses and waste

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Posted in Intellectual property, Law, patent infringement, Unfair competition

Lessons I Learned Today 7/1/09 –Seeing the Forest Beyond the Trees

This is a digest and recap of highlights, quotes, and comments from articles and discussions posted on this date on the Applied Entrepreneurship, LinkedIn group site.    *CEOs Who Saved Their Companies   “It’s a position many entrepreneurs will be familiar

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Posted in Applied Entrepreneurship, Intellectual property, Planning for a business, Recession strategies

Lessons I Learned Today 6/25/09 – The Yin Yang of Innovators and Cybersquatters

This is a digest and recap of highlights, quotes, and comments from articles and discussions posted on this date on the Applied Entrepreneurship, LinkedIn group site.   *Attraction Marketing Made Simple by Franco Gonzalez “By personally branding yourself using web

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Posted in Business interruption, crisis, etc., Business life cycle, copyright, Growing a business, Innovation, Intellectual property, Law, Succession Planning, technology, Unfair competition

Lessons I Learned Today 6/5/09 – Brainstorming in the Clouds

This is a digest and recap of highlights, quotes, and comments from articles and discussions posted on this date on the Applied Entrepreneurship, LinkedIn group site.   *The Failed Promise of Innovation in the U.S. by Michael Mandel “During the

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