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Trade Dress
Sherman Andrew J
10/29/2001
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Design elements that build brand awareness for your business constitute its "trade dress" and can be protected by federal and state trademark laws. Learn how to enhance trade-dress protection and defend against infringement by competitors.

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Strategies for Raising Growth Capital in a Turbulent Market
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2002
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You would have to do your best Rip Van Winkle imitation to not realize volatile economic times from an economic, political and technological perspective over the last few years, according to the author, who offers some observations and predictions on the U.S. economy.

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Guidelines for Terminating Employees
Sherman Andrew J
4/1/2002
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The decision to terminate an employee can be both emotional and frustrating. If not handled properly, it can also result in expensive litigation. These days, wrongful termination lawsuits are not idle threats. According to a recent study conducted by Jury Verdict Research, recently fired executives who sued are winning often and winning big.

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Legal and Ethical Challenges for Entrepreneurs in the New Age of Scrutiny
Sherman Andrew J
12/1/2002
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If you thought recently-enacted legislation to require greater corporate accountability was intended only for public companies, think again. Expect considerable spillover among private companies seeking venture funding or planning for acquisition by public companies, argues this legal expert.

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Checklists: Deciding Whether to Litigate
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2007
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When facing the prospect of litigation, entrepreneurs should be sure to explore all of the options beyond forging ahead to court. This tool is a series of checklists designed to help entrepreneurs conduct a litigation-focused cost-benefit analysis, such as deciding to explore settlement or alternative dispute resolution.

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Dealing With HIV/AIDS in the Workplace
Sherman Andrew J
10/9/2000
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People infected with HIV, whether or not they have AIDS symptoms, are protected in the workplace by federal and state laws concerning discrimination and disability. These guidelines for education, testing and accommodation policies can help entrepreneurs avoid problems.

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Angel Funding for Women and Minorities
Schulweis Kathleen B
10/22/2004
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Women and minorities are offered tactics for honing their approach to angel investors, who are largely white and male, from an entrepreneur who consults in the field.

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Ethics Abroad: Business Fundamentals, Value Judgments
Rhodes Richard
12/16/2002
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Doing business ethically in third world countries involves providing instruction about U.S. business standards in cultures whose business fundamentals are vastly different, writes the author. Another imperative concerns the wisdom of respecting cultural differences without crossing the line to engage in practices considered inappropriate or immoral in the West.

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Reverse Mergers: An Alternative for Going Public
Polin Kenneth D
11/1/2006
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In the past, reverse mergers were associated with penny stocks, manipulation, and potential for abuse. Today they are viewed as a legitimate vehicle for going public. The author explains the steps involved in doing a reverse merger and offers tips for expediting filing and approval of documents with the SEC.

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Entrepreneurship and the Workforce
Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
1/1/0001
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A growing economy constantly creates new job opportunities in new sectors, but also displaces and even destroys existing jobs. The workforce in an entrepreneurial economy must always evolve as well. Government efforts to protect jobs are often misguided, hindering growth and new job creation. Pro-growth workforce rules should instead focus on developing worker skills, allowing maximum hiring and layoff flexibility, and focus adjustment efforts on getting displaced workers into new jobs as soon as possible. Small firms employ half of all private sector employees and create 60-80 percent of net new jobs in the U.S., according to the SBA. Labor rules are one of the largest barriers to entrepreneurial ventures. The World Bank’s cross-country comparison of labor regulations shows lower job creation where workplace rules are more rigid. Labor rules must move beyond the early 20th century framework of management versus labor and encourage new firm formation as well as a dynamic, not static, worker.

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