Ask The Experts

Using IP Protection in Your Promotional Plans

By Dan Bourque, Attorney at Bourque & Associates As previously discussed in various recent “Ask-the-Expert” series columns, your initial business startup Intellectual Property (IP) investigative ...

Choosing the Right Business Partner for Your Start-Up

By Philip Shaw, attorney at Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson Entrepreneurs can be reluctant to allow others into the inner circle of their businesses, and with good reason.  Bringing on board the ...

Employee Incentive Compensation: What are the Options?

By Alison S. Perrella, CPA at Howe, Riley and Howe Attracting and retaining talent is difficult for any company, but particularly for start-ups that compete with larger, well-capitalized companies for ...

Determining Intellectual Property Ownership

By Dan Bourque, Attorney at Bourque & Associates   “Who owns the Intellectual Property (invention or work of authorship, i.e. software program, web site, logo, etc.) that has been created for my ...

Seeking Capital from the Crowd

By Matthew Benson, Attorney at Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson For many startups, a significant barrier to success is an inability to fund the business’s early capital needs.  Capital can come ...

Startup ESP: Do you know the Tax Effects of your Decisions?

By Peter Lachance, CPA and Partner at Howe, Riley, and Howe Seeing the future isn’t always easy, but one doesn’t have to be clairvoyant to make smart decisions early in a company’s life. ...

Resources for StartUps – Mark Your Calendars

By Michele Petersen, COO, abi Innovation Hub I’ve been coordinating the “Ask-the-Expert” series since it began in 2007. I thought I’d step out from behind the scenes this month and use the column ...

Best Practices When Hiring for a Start-Up

By Jonathan Hampson, VP of Operations at Ziftr  Hiring your first (or fiftieth) employee can be an exciting and overwhelming process. Will they be the right fit? Do they have the skills they say they ...

The Right Interface Design is Crucial for Your Business Website

By Allison Lepine, Freelance User Interface Designer In today’s media driven environment it is important to have a company web presence whether you are a one-man-show or a 5,000 employee corporation. ...

Interns Can Work for You!

By Mirjam IJtsma, President of Cultural Chemistry  Summer is upon us and with that the summer internship season. Internships are not just for big corporations. Even companies that may be off the beaten ...