Balance business and law without breaking the bank at Equinox

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Thu, Dec 26, 2013
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Tags: Legal, Business Services

Success by lying, stealing and lawbreaking:

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Since August 2012, scrapes content off the web, copies and pastes the content into their blog and goes so far as to claim it as their own.  Most commonly the website uses content from  The interesting twist is how they change a word here and there to make the slightest of changes on occasion.  Many of the titles and content remain the same.

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Tags: Online Marketing, Legal, Copyright

The Litigation Process - Steps to Take Before Filing a Commercial Lawsuit

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Jan 13, 2013

Litigators are trained on the law and the litigation process, not on how to run and grow a business.  Furthermore, many litigators fail to fully appreciate and properly advise their clients on how hugely distracting the lawsuit will be, and the huge risk this imposes on the business.

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Tags: Guest Blog, Legal, Business Services

Free Tools to Help Small Business Comply with Laws and Regulations

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Sep 09, 2012

40,000 new laws went into effect this year.  It is impossible for a small business to perfectly comply with laws and regulations.  There are too many variable, the laws change without an email notification.  If you are not well read and staying in tune to the requirements, it is easy to get behind the game.

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Tags: Government, Free, Legal

All 50 States to Pay Internet Sales Tax if Marketplace Fairness Act Passes

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Fri, Aug 03, 2012

In the news is more discussion about the implications of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would mandate businesses in every state to collect internet sales taxes based on the destination of products purchased.  Is the "no tax" policy for Internet purchases an unfair loophole or legitimate?

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Tags: Taxes, News, Legal

Making Progress: States could soon require online retailers to collect sales taxes

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Wed, Jul 25, 2012

The best news for your business might be that the Internet Sales Tax is making progress through Congress.  This is good news if you have a local retail business.  The psychological factor any consumer is basically: "order on the Internet and don't pay sales tax" and there are few who do not have this ingrained into their buying habits.

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Tags: Sales Tax, Government, Internet Marketing, Legal, Ecommerce

Starting a Freelance Business – How to Take Care of Legal, Tax and Contractual Paperwork

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Jul 22, 2012

If you are new to freelancing or thinking of becoming a freelancer, you’ll no doubt have lots of questions, especially about the legal and regulatory paperwork you need to obtain and manage throughout the business year.

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Tags: Taxes, Government, Business Planning, Legal

Extract 1 million email Addresses From Facebook in 40 minutes! [video]

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sat, Jul 14, 2012

As you watch the video that shows how to extract 1 million email addresses from Facebook in 40 minutes, please do NOT rush out and do this for your business. I share this with you today as a warning.  When you receive the next promotional email that tells you to buy an email list, you will think about this video and consider the true value of the email list you are offered.  If they simply extracted the list with tools from Facebook and games are the source, you will be hard pressed to build success with the email list.

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Tags: List Building, Facebook for Business, Legal, Email Marketing

The New Health Care Law Approved by Supreme Court Explained [video]

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Thu, Jul 05, 2012

Epipheo pulls out their drawing board and explains the new health care law in this video.  As you know, the Supreme Court has said:  "The new health care law is legal."  This video may enlighten you, stir up resentment or may lead you to start an argument.

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Tags: Government, Business Planning, Legal, Health Care Law

The Difference Between a Trade Name and a Trademark

Posted by Michael Hartzell on Sun, Jun 24, 2012

During the evolution of your business, there can be confusion about the trade name and the the process of business name registration.  What is the difference between a trademark and tradename?  Is there legal branding protection with a trade name?  Can a trade name be the same as your trademark?

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Tags: Start a Business, Government, Legal