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Saturday, July 31, 2010

New News Source

As a public service the Arocho Law Office has created the following news and information website at At that site you will find links to useful news and information on business, nonprofits, regulations, government, money, credit unions, world news and matters of personal interest!

Facebook Page Posts for the weeks of July 11th,18th & 25th

This is a summary of posts for the weeks of July 11th, 18th and 25th to the Arocho Law Office Facebook Page:

How Daydreaming Could Lead to Your Next Big Idea:

How To Take the Small Business Plunge:

Telecommuting? Some Tips for Best Work from Home Experience -

In Inc. magazines's recent post, 9 Things I Learned In 9 Years as a CEO – Part 1, Janine Popick says the first thing she learned was HIRE A LAWYER. To read the post go to

The IRS seeks comments on new disclosure requirement pursuant the 2010 health care reform law that requires that businesses and nonprofits, starting in 2012, to report aggregate payments to vendors in excess of $600 for goods and other property. The requirement applies for payments to all vendors, not just those related to health care. Presently, nonprofits and business are required to file Form 1099s for payment of services by independent contractors, but not for goods from vendors.,,id=225029,00.html

Business Tip: Marketing Your Business Online – to Get the Biggest ROI-

Starting a Trucking Business:

From How to Legally Sell Your Goods at Fairs, Garage Sales, Flea Markets, and Craft Shows -

Business Tip: 4 Tips for Giving Your Business Retirement Plan a Check-Up – Before the IRS Does!

Location, Location, Location: Where You Run Your Business Matters -

10 Signs You Need to Revise Your Business Plan -

Laid Off and Looking to Start Your Own Business? Understand Your Unemployment Benefits First -

Starting a Travel Business -

Starting a Home-Based Franchise Business – 6 Steps to Help You Find the Right Opportunity at

Business Tip: Tips for Finding Small Business Friendly Banks at

Business Tip: Putting the “Social” into Social Media Marketing – Tips for Interacting with your Customers at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Things to think about before choosing a name for your business...

Before you create a name for a new business it is important to do a name search and check public records.

You should pick a name that describes your business, that the public is likely to remember, and one that is not already being used by another business or group as a trademark or a domain name.

In this internet age you can save yourself trouble by also doing some research to find if a website uses a particular name (domain). See if the name you plan to use is available as a website domain name. Use search engines like Google and Yahoo! to see how your chosen name is used.

Look in you local phone books to see if the name or any variation of the name is being used. Visit a library and look at business and trade publications.

Take a look at the federal trademark database
of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Keep in mind that not all registered names are on that list.

Check your state or territorial trademark registry for the use of your proposed name or similar names.

Also do not forget to check the fictitious name databases (d/b/a or doing business as databases) at your local county, state or territorial office to see if a business or nonprofit is using your proposed name as a fictitious business name.

Not only must your name reflect your brand and be memorable, there are also a host of legal issues to consider.
An attorney can aid you in the process of selecting a name for your business.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Name Squatting on Social Media Sites

Business Owners may want to check social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and other such sites to see if a social media account user has registered an account name that was identical to your federally registered trademark. Such a phenomenon appears to be growing. Twitter has a specialized “Name Squatting” page on which instructions exist on how to report a name squatting incident to Twitter – Some vigilance is required on the part of businesses to protect a person from using a Twitter or Facebook name and using the name for less than commendable purposes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

The IRS provides a quick and simple way of obtaining a separate identifying number for your business, that is called an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The application for the EIN is free, easy to complete, and can be found at Your social security number is used if you do not use an EIN and that causes identity theft concerns.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Registered Agents

Registered agents are required for businesses because they provide a physical location where a human being can accept service (lawsuits and official papers from the state or taxation departments) on behalf of the company during business hours. The business owner can act as his or her own registered agent, but it may be difficult to ensure someone is available either in the office or at home during business hours year-round. There are a number of commercial registered agent services but some business owners prefer to have their lawyer serve as registered agent so that a lawsuit can be addressed more quickly.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Prior Facebook Page Posts

This is a summary of prior posts to the Arocho Law Office Facebook Page:

Affinity Lab in DC offers a venue for new businesses and nonprofits to establish themselves and grow.

9 ways small nonprofits and businesses can get more results from Twitter!

Dress Code Policies: Regardless of industry, almost all businesses with employees have some form of a dress code policy. When creating a dress code policy for your business, apply your policy equally to all employees. Unfair dress code policies are considered discriminatory and may be grounds for a lawsuit.

To help you plan and manage your small business and self-employed tax obligations throughout the year, the IRS provides a tax calendar online:,,id=176080,00.html

Some small businesses view access to credit as a major problem in 2010:

Use a small business kitchen incubator to help you start your food related business:

Here are some thoughts on choosing the right name for your new business:

Small Business Grants 101: An Overview of Grants Available from the Federal Government -

Dealing With What Your Business Planning Didn't Expect:

New Business Entities Guides at that provide in-depth information about how sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations, S Corporations, LLCs, non profits, and cooperatives are formed and taxed, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Small Business Survival: Last Chance Lifelines for Keeping your Business Afloat:

How to Legally Protect Your Business Name on a Local, State, National, and International Level:

Becoming a Reseller – A “Getting Started” 101 for Small Business Owners:

Getting Started with E-Commerce – An Entrepreneur’s Checklist:

Finding Government Business: Once You’ve Done the Basics, Here’s What’s Next:

What to Do When a Customer Won't Pay?:

Here is a useful link to the U.S. Copyright Office:

Eight Big Ideas for Small Business:,28804,1971190_1971191_1971194,00.html

Business Resource: Washington, DC Minority Business Development Center:

This article may be of interest to small business seeking capital:

How to Prepare Your Business for Succession:

The 10 Ingredients Of A Great Business Plan:

Protecting Companies That Mix Profitability & Values:

What health care reform means for your business:

Youngest Billionaires and how they got so wealthy:

How To Pick A Company Name: Tips From The Trenches.

Five Tips for Building your Small Business Brand Using its Best Advocate – You! - mentions locally owned CakeLove. Owned by Metro D.C. Small Business Person of the Year 2006, Warren Brown:

A new Women’s Business Center funded by the Small Business Administration and backed by the D.C. Council opened yesterday:

Article on Capital Campaign fundraising for nonprofits & churches: Your Capital Campaign: Are You Ready to Succeed?

A fictitious name (or assumed name, trade name, or DBA name, short for "doing business as") is a business name that is different than your personal name, the names of your partners or the officially registered name of your LLC or corporation. For registering a fictitious name in DC visit:,A,1343,Q,643499.asp.

Nonprofits are acquiring for-profit corporations:

5 Reasons Why Start-up Businesses Fail:

The Internal Revenue Service today issued new guidance to make it easier for small businesses to determine whether they are eligible for the new health care tax credit under the Affordable Care Act and how large a credit they will receive: A step by step guide is available at

Make Sure Your Business Information Stays Secret with Non-Disclosure Agreement:

Are you considering moving out of your home office and into a retail location? Then read this:

Here is a great idea for your business: Group purchasing allows small businesses to pool resources and bargaining power to purchase goods and services - including office supplies, healthcare and insurance, and IT services - at reduced rates. Find out your business can benefit from group purchasing arrangements:

Starting a Child Care Business? – Government Tools and Resources that Can Help:

7 Tips for Starting a Fast Food Business – It’s not Just Fries, Subs and Pizza Anymore!:

Surety Bonds – The Basics:

Build Your Business Through Networking:

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has just released its 21st Annual "State of Logistics Report®" that provides benchmarks and key metrics in US logistics and gives a big-picture view of the performance of the US supply chain process.

Maintaining Business as Usual in a Disaster: New Web Site Helps Businesses Plan for the Unexpected:

Making Estimated Tax Payments – A 101 for the Small Business Owner:

Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors Can Be Costly.

10 Facebook Tips for Small Business at .

Recently Maryland became the first state to recognize a new corporate form called a benefit corporation. This law allows corporations to pursue socially responsible purposes in addition to profits. This Act will take effect in Maryland on October 1, 2010. B Lab, a nonprofit organization in Pennsylviania that runs a certification program for socially responsible businesses, assisted in drafting the Maryland law. .

Business FYI: Need the Facts? Info on five sources of free economic and market data from Uncle Sam at