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Eight Tips for Starting a Restaurant

by Jim Martin

Starting a food business is a challenge. Most fail within the first year. The restaurant business may be the toughest. Vision and ambition are important, but turning them into success requires research, planning, capital, business acumen, perseverance, more research and more planning (and even then you have to survive a… [READ MORE]About { title }

Are Your HR Practices Up-To-Date?

by Jim Martin

Hiring, recruiting and managing people and benefits and more comprise the task of human resources. While many small business owners feel HR can be taxing, it’s a necessity in which all business owners should be well-versed, and be able to handle any issue that may come up in the day-to-day… [READ MORE]About { title }

Make Sure You Get Your Money from Your Customer

by Jim Martin

Where do you find the money to pay rent, utilities, your employees, your suppliers and all those other monthly expenses? You obviously use what your customers and clients pay you. But what if those funds don’t come in on time (or at all)? Ulcers and night sweats!! What can you… [READ MORE]About { title }

A Trade Secrets Follow Up

by Jim Martin

We received several emails in response to our May article on protecting trade secrets. Most asked the same question: how do I determine if my trade secret ought to be patented? We talked with Don Boys, the President of Central Coast Patent Agency in Watsonville, who gave us a simple… [READ MORE]About { title }

Protect Your Trade Secrets

by Jim Martin

After a half dozen Col. Sanders, KFC still has the same secret seasoning. Trade secrets may also be important to your business. You may not even realize you have secrets. If your restaurant uses Grandma’s recipes for soups and pies, and many patrons say they really come for the pies,… [READ MORE]About { title }

Understanding Email Regulations

by Jim Martin

Are you marketing through email? The government has a federal law called CAN-SPAM whose extensive regulations cover advertising emails, or, as they’re better known, SPAM. Since each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $40,654, non-compliance can be costly. But following the… [READ MORE]About { title }

Workshop on March 9, 2017

by Jim Martin

On Thursday March 9, SCORE will offer a workshop entitled Protect Your Business: Understand Employment Law. The chief presenter will be Carmella Woll, a leading employment law attorney. The workshop will give attendees an overview of the legal issues involved in hiring and managing employees. Learn about employment law issues… [READ MORE]About { title }

When to Get Small Business Advice from the Pros

by Jim Martin

By Paul Lester

What you don’t know can hurt you, particularly if you’re a small business owner, who needs to comply with a blizzard of tax laws, government regulations and other requirements. Expert advice can help you avoid legal, financial and tax pitfalls, but hiring a lawyer can drain cash… [READ MORE]About { title }

Home Office Deduction For Employees Who Work from Home

by Jim Martin

By Barbara Weltman

Do you have any employees who work from home? If you understand the tax rules they face for claiming a home office deduction, you can help them. A home office deduction enables a person to treat otherwise personal costs as a deductible business expense. The deduction… [READ MORE]About { title }

The Value of the Written Word

by Jim Martin

Put everything you do in writing.

Everyone seems to understand the importance of formal contracts with key suppliers and key volume customers. No one would expect to borrow or loan money without a fistful of paper. Everyone understands purchase orders and shipping documents. Other important parts of the paper trail… [READ MORE]About { title }