Category: Small Business Center

Starting a New Business: First Steps

Naming the business The first step in setting up a new business is choosing a name. When deciding what to name a business, prospective business owners should look at the Ohio database for business names. Some business owners, if planning on operating nationwide, or having a website, might want to search the federal Patent and…

Should you Register your Trademark?

Protect Your Company and Brand A trademark protects a word, phrase, design, or combination thereof that identifies the goods and services you provide as yours. It is different from a patent, which protects technical inventions, and copyright, which protects artistic, literary, or intellectually created works. A trademark protects your brand identification, allowing people to know…

How an Employee Handbook Will Help a Business

Employee Handbook Provides Guidance Businesses communicate with their employees in many ways, some formal, some not-so-formal. An employee handbook is a formal means for communicating with employees. Despite its formality, it can also be quite effective if done well.  An employee handbook provides a guide to the employer’s policies, procedures, and expectations. As a guide…


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