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Can a Small Business Invest in Stocks?

By Tim Kelly, J.D.

When you own a small business, it's all about income. A classic shop or store may have profits from sales or service. A startup may have venture capital money coming in. In either case, you might need to get a little more creative with your revenue streams. Individuals and investment funds can make money off the stock market, so why not your small business? But before you start day trading with company funds, here's what you need to know about your small business investing in stocks.

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Form a Nonprofit?

By Kimberly Lekman, Esq.

Entrepreneurs are natural self-starters with a belief they can do it all themselves, including all of the incorporation work necessary to start a small business. (And with some of the resources available on the internet, sometimes they might be right.) But incorporation can be a tricky thing to get right. And if you're starting a nonprofit to do good, make sure you do it well. That may mean hiring an attorney to help you with starting a nonprofit.

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EEOC: Businesses May Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Richard Dahl

Companies that are making plans to reopen offices and workplaces have received a green light from the federal government that they may require returning employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. On May 28, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an advisory stating that employers could require vaccinations for those who are returning to the job as long as they are not “coercive" and meet other legal requirements.

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What to Do When Employees Do Not Want to Return to Work

By Kellie Pantekoek, Esq.

Currently, all 50 states have begun reopening their economies after COVID-19 closures, which means small businesses across the county — from restaurants to gyms to hair salons — have reopened or are preparing to reopen. Business owners know they need their employees to return in order to get back to business, but some are finding that not all employees are willing to return to work, often out of fear of being exposed to COVID-19.

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Safety Measures Small Businesses Should Keep in Mind When Reopening

By Richard Dahl

Small-business owners who reopen their doors following coronavirus-related shutdowns face many uncertainties. Will their customers come back? Will their employees come back? Can they even stay in business? But the most pressing uncertainty is probably safety. How can owners and operators of small businesses keep everyone safe? We've learned that one of the best ways to keep people safe from the coronavirus is to keep them separated by at least six feet, for instance.

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Should Businesses Be Protected From COVID-19 Lawsuits When They Reopen?

By Richard Dahl

As states begin to lift COVID-19 lockdowns, many businesses face uncertainties as they open their doors again. How many of their customers will come back? How many of their employees will come back? Besides those concerns, they may also be asking themselves about new legal risks that might arise as they resume business. What kind of potential lawsuits could they face from customers and workers who believe they were infected on the business premises after operations resumed?

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