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What is regulatory compliance and why does it matter?

Regulatory compliance might strike some, even those Fresno County residents who have some knowledge of business law, as a relatively new legal phrase that may have limited meaning for them. Moreover, business owners may not totally understand why compliance is an important thing for them to think about as they go about growing and sustaining their businesses.

4 things to remember if you are ready to hire more employees

Adding workers to your payroll is not an insignificant decision for small business owners. It is generally only something people do after careful examination of finances, resources and need. Fortunately for the economy, adding jobs looks to be a priority for most small businesses in the country.

3 challenges that any new business owner can face

Starting a business is no easy task, but studies show that millennials are not discouraged by the challenges every entrepreneur faces. In fact, according to a recent report, people born between 1980 and 2000 have a greater desire to start a business than previous generations. Further, millennials are more likely than other generations to have already started a business.

Could agreement not to compete violate anti-trust laws?

Mergers and acquisitions are regulated by federal and state laws. These laws are in place to protect the market and prevent anticompetitive transactions, like those that would result in monopolies. Without these measures, one or a few companies could acquire all their competitors, drive up prices and lower the quality of their products and services.

Recognizing the challenges small business owners face this week

Did you know that this week is recognized across the country as National Small Business Week? For more than 50 years, this week has provided people in Fresno and all across the U.S. with the opportunity to stop and appreciate all that small businesses contribute to jobs, the economy and competition in the marketplace.

Should you have employees sign a contract?

Business owners across Fresno have a lot riding on the decisions they make. After all, making the wrong choice can wind up jeopardizing the future of the company. Because of this, it is critical that employers across the state consider carefully their decisions when it comes to how they operate their business, and seek guidance and support when appropriate.

Should you have an arbitration clause in your contracts?

Disputes between business partners and between employers and employees are unfortunately not uncommon. They arise from broken promises, violations of a person's rights, accusations of fraud and other similar situations. Unless these disputes are simple understandings that are easily fixable, it is likely that more formal dispute resolution efforts may be necessary.

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