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Small Business Information
Are you considering going out on your own by starting your own business? You are in good company! According to the Small Business Administration, there are over 8 million small businesses in the US at the end of 2022. More and more individuals are deciding to start their own businesses instead of working for someone else. And that is amazing news!
It doesn’t matter if you will have employees working for you or if it is you – the owner- versus the world. To get started, you need a few basic things in place before you can start doing your thing-you know-that thing that you do better than the others – that thing that people will want to pay you for.
According to the Etiquette of the Banker, 1775, “The first rule of business, protect your investment.” Whether you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur, we will help you handle legal matters related to starting or growing your business.
Starting a Business
Starting a new business can be risky. Researching and working with an experienced attorney can vastly increase your chances of long-term success. Do you have a business idea in mind? If so, here are some questions to consider while researching your business concept:
- What products or services should you offer, and how are those needs being met currently?
- Who are your target customers, and why would they do business with you?
- Whom will your top competitors be?
- How will you differentiate your products or services from your competitors?
- How will you attract customers?
- Will your location impact your sales? Are there other locations that are overserved or underserved?
After researching, you can begin to outline your business and create your business plan. At its core – this is what your business is about. It’s an overview of what your company does, products or services offered, short and long-term goals, location options, estimated start-up costs and operational costs, and funding options.
Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to provide you with strategic advice to help ensure you lay the proper foundation for your new business.
Services We Provide
Legal issues can arise at any stage of a company’s life cycle. Our attorneys have experience with a wide range of legal concerns regarding small business including:
Business Formation: Our team of attorneys will work with you to determine what type of business entity suits your business plans and goals.
State & Federal Registration: We will go through the steps to ensure your business name is available, assist you in securing your federal EIN (required for all business entities except sole proprietorships and LLC’s with no employees), and establish your business agent.
Intellectual Property Protection: SecureMark Legal will work with you and your brand to ensure that you are protected in every aspect of your business and brand.
- Trademark: State and federal registration of trademarks for all things that identify your brand.
- Copyright: Have you created something new and unique for your business? We have that covered. Original works may be protected. Strengthen your rights to your creations.
Disclaimers/Terms & Conditions & other Legal Considerations: These items may not always be required, but often are needed. It is important for all businesses to know when a disclaimer or terms and conditions are required. Let our attorneys ensure that your business has everything in place to be successful.
Business Formation & Incorporation Guidance
Creating a solid foundation for your growth offers you a multitude of legal protections when done correctly. Our team at SecureMark is here to evaluate and advise you through all aspects of starting your business in Florida or anywhere nationwide.
There are several corporate structures available to form your business. We will take the time to understand your goals and unique business needs. Together we will determine which business structure is best for your particular goals.
Corporation: Is a business structure that operates as a separate and distinct legal entity. It’s owned by shareholders and managed by a board of directors. It can purchase, sell and own property.
Sole Proprietorship: You – the business owner – are the sole proprietor of an unincorporated business. You hold all the responsibility.
Limited Liability: A business structure that protects owners from personal liability for its debts and liabilities. They combine the characteristics of a corporation with those of a partnership or sole proprietorship.
Partnership: A partnership is an arrangement between two or more people to oversee business operations and share profits and liabilities. Doctors and lawyers often form limited liability partnerships.
Once established, your business entity begins to protect you from personal liability. Each type of entity offers different levels of personal liability protection.
Industries We Serve
Our attorneys assist clients in a wide range of industries including:
- Food & Beverage
- Brand & Marketing
- And many more