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Guest Notes

Judith Houck, owner of Classique Floors, the Oregon Small Business Person of the Year for Oregon... Read more

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Small Business Links

We've organized a selection of links that are useful for entrepreneurs who are planning, starting or operating a small business. Business Knowledge Business PodcastsSales,... Read more
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Q&A - General Business

I have a home –based business. Does my home owners insurance cover my business? Generally your home insurance does not anticipate providing coverage for a business. You may be... Read more
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Q&A - Websites

What will it cost me to get my new website running? The answer will depend on what type of website you want, of course. The basic components of website cost are as follows: Domain... Read more
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Q&A - Government Regulations

How do I apply for a Patent or a Copyright? Copyright forms are readily available at Federal Centers or can be ordered from the COPYRIGHT OFFICE, Library of Congress, Washington D... Read more
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Q&A - Taxes

Are my workers employees or independent contractors? This important question has significant financial implications to small business owners. IRS Publication 15-A states "The... Read more
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Q&A - Employer & Human Relations

What do I need to do before hiring my first employee? It's a good idea to have these items in place: An employee handbook - This is a set of workplace rules and policies you want... Read more
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Q&A - Business Law

Are my workers employees or independent contractors? This important question has significant financial implications to small business owners. IRS Publication 15-A states "The... Read more
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Q&A - Accounting

What is a “Single Member LLC”? A Limited Liability Company (LLC) can have one or many owners (known as “members”). If just one person is the owner the structure is known as a “... Read more
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Q&A - Marketing and Sales

How do I find the likes and dislikes of potential customers? This is a very broad question. However, start by looking at the “Statistical Abstract of the United States” There are... Read more
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Q&A - Market Research

How do I find the norm for business expenses by type of business? There are several Internet sites that offer this type of data. RMA (formerly Robert Morse Associates), www.zone6.... Read more

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