What is a business plan and do I need one?

When you start a business or want to grow your company, you need to have a plan for how the business is to succeed. When creating this plan, you need to think about your company’s legal obligations; your business finances and the goals for your business.  Creating a business plan can be a daunting task, but the Law Offices of Mike Ross can help. Our San Jose small business attorneys have extensive experience advising startups, new businesses getting off the ground and established companies … [Read more...]

How do I Begin if I Want to Start a Small Business

Many people dream of being their own boss and running a successful company. Being an entrepreneur is a great way to make a living and there are opportunities for success for those who have dedication and a good idea.  However, you need to make informed choices when starting your small business so you will be on the path to success.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross represents startups, small businesses and established companies on all of their business law needs. Our San Jose small business … [Read more...]

Differences Between a C Corporation and an S Corporation?

Both a C corporation and a Subchapter S corporation allow you to operate your business as a separate legal entity. This provides you with protection from personal liability for corporate debts or if the company is sued. However, there are some fundamental differences between C corps and S corps that people forming a business need to be aware of.  The Law Offices of Mike Ross can provide assistance to individuals starting a business or to companies that want to begin operating as a … [Read more...]

What is a Non-Profit Corporation?

A non-profit corporation is a business that is organized to serve a beneficial public purpose, rather than to make money for owners and shareholders. While a nonprofit can make money, that income is invested back into the business rather than paid out to its owners or investors.  Forming a non-profit corporation can allow you to take advantage of beneficial tax rules and can make it easier for you to obtain donations and grants to accomplish your aims. The Law Offices of Mike Ross can assist … [Read more...]

What Factors Should be Considered in Choosing the Type of Business Form for My Business?

When choosing the appropriate type of business form for your business, there are a variety of different factors to consider. An experienced attorney can help you to assess your options and advise you on the best business form.  Your attorney can also help you with the process of officially incorporating, forming a partnership or Limited Liability Company (LLC) or obtaining the necessary business licenses. The Law Offices of Mike Ross has extensive experience with start-ups as well as with … [Read more...]

Where Can I Get Money for a Small Business?

Opening a small business can be a rewarding endeavor but it generally takes money to get your company off the ground. It is important to understand the different sources of financing available so you can make an informed choice about where to get the money for your business. An experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Mike Ross can help you to evaluate your options when you secure your financing and can advise you on your rights and obligations under different financial arrangements. Call … [Read more...]

What is a Sole Proprietorship?

A sole proprietorship is a type of business entity in which there is one owner who operates the business. The sole proprietor, or owner, is not a distinct legal entity from the company. He is considered legally one-and-the-same as his business enterprise. A sole proprietorship is the simplest business form, but there are many potential pitfalls with operating as a sole proprietor. An experienced attorney can help you to determine if this is the right business structure for you and can also … [Read more...]

Silicon Valley Intellectual Property: Should Marketing Agencies Sign NDAs to Maintain Confidentiality?

Businesses need to be able to market their products and often this involves developing a strategy with a marketing agency before the company releases the product to the public. Working with a marketing agency over the course of the product’s development can be beneficial to ensure that the needs of the end user are taken into account and to develop features that can help to increase the desirability of a given product. However, when working with a marketing team, especially prior to launch, … [Read more...]