Category Archives: Small Business

Does the Seattle Paid Sick/Safe Time Ordinance Apply to Your Business?

All employers with employees working in Seattle, even those who only work in Seattle occasionally, need to read-up on Seattle’s Paid Sick/Safe Time ordinance (PSST for short). If PSST applies to your business, it establishes minimum standards for paid sick leave and … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Employee/Employer, Feature, Seattle Law, Small Business | Leave a comment

Social Purpose Corporation, Maximizing Sustainable Business in Washington State

In Washington State, being socially conscious doesn’t mean choosing between doing good and doing good business. Incorporating or reorganizing as a social purpose corporation (SPC) allows socially conscious businesses greater flexibility to support social and environmental goals. What makes this … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Feature, Seattle Law, Small Business | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Act: What could it mean for the Entrepreneur or Startup?

The Crowdfund Act is an amended version of the JOBS ACT that will permit the SEC to allow for certain types of investments by individuals who don’t normally qualify as qualified investors under the SEC to make investments through SEC … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Seattle Law, Small Business, Startup, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

SOPA and PIPA: Breaking Down the Bills and Possible Affects on Internet Piracy

With the recent Internet-based blackout by big names in protest of the two bills, it’s worth going over the proposed law and its potential impact on online piracy. Targeting Piracy With Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) The current mechanism for addressing internet piracy … Continue reading

Posted in Creative Entrepreneur, Feature, Small Business, Startup | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Effective Date 2012: Local and Federal Legislation Changes and Extensions

With the New Year in full swing, it’s a good time to consider new laws that will take effect in 2012 (and to be reminded of some that remain in effect). Effect of Washington State’s new liquor law on local … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Employee/Employer, Seattle Law, Small Business | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Incentives for Seeking Copyright Registration

Before we get into this blog post, I want to point out that copyright registration is optional and it is not a requirement for copyright protection. So why seek copyright registration at all? There are three key incentives to register your … Continue reading

Posted in Creative Entrepreneur, Seattle Law, Small Business | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s In a Name? Tips for a Protectable Trademark

Before becoming dead set on adopting a particular word trademark, make sure it is worthy of protection first. Doing your homework can both inspire during the naming process and later decrease the chances of discarding a weak word mark.  This … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Creative Entrepreneur, Seattle Law, Small Business, Startup | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Restricted Stock and IRS Section 83(b) Election

Making a § 83(b) election for restricted stock can be a complex decision due to the inherent risks involved. It is best to get the advice of legal and tax counsel before making this decision. The election deals with property … Continue reading

Posted in Employee/Employer, Feature, Seattle Law, Small Business, Startup | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where should you Incorporate: Delaware or WA??

If you are a Startup and you are headquartered here in the State of Washington, more often then not, you are better off incorporating in the State of Washington. Yes, I do know that Delaware has strong case law and … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Small Business, Startup | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Workers Compensation for Business Owners

The University of Washington Business and Economic Development Center is currently offering a business certificate program for local business owners. I enrolled in the program and although I do have a business background I have found it very valuable.  Last … Continue reading

Posted in Business Owner, Employee/Employer, Independent Contractor, Seattle Law, Small Business, Workers Compensation | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment