2015 January

The Northern Green Expo Is Here!

01.13.2015
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We’ll be there all week.

It’s that time of year again—time for green industry professionals from across the region to gather at the Northern Green Expo to catch up on industry news, reconnect with old friends, and watch some great presentations on how to build a thriving business. Bryan and I will be at the show all week, giving presentations, manning our booth, and joining in all the festivities. We hope to meet you all there!

Getting Your Business Name Right

01.10.2015
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Three Simple Ways to Name Your Business Legally

Business name, DBA, assumed name—it’s all Greek to many people.  But as a small business owner, you can’t afford to ignore the legal niceties when it comes to the names your company uses.  When you do business in Minnesota, you are required to use a registered name for your business.  If you use a name that is not legally associated with your company, you could lose any limited liability protections your business entity may provide.

Here are three easy options for ensuring that your company name complies […]

Automatic Meal Break Deductions

01.8.2015
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The Legal (and Illegal) Ways to Deduct Meal Breaks Automatically

Requiring employees to clock in and out for every unpaid meal break is the safest way to ensure your company doesn’t inadvertently violate labor law by under paying workers.  But when you’ve got a crew out in the field, tracking breaks can become a logistical tangle.  Many employers cut back on the paperwork by automatically deducting a 30-minute meal break for any employee who works a full shift.  If you use automatic break deductions, however, it’s important that you follow the law precisely.  Otherwise […]