.Business

Jul 28, 2010

Is It Legal to Tax Large Pot Farms?

The City of Oakland hopes to make millions of dollars each year by taxing the four giant medical cannabis growing operations it plans to permit in early 2011. Likewise, Berkeley hopes to cash in on six large medicinal pot grows if city voters approve them in November. But both...
Jul 28, 2010

Raising Money Via Private Placements

Back in January, I wrote about securities laws and how business owners need to be careful not to violate them when raising capital. I also suggested some ways to raise capital that are exempt from extensive compliance...
Jul 28, 2010

Let’s Close the Financial Literacy Gap

As I wrestled with my English homework at the kitchen table, my father would remind me that "knowledge is power." He knew the hours I spent cracking the books would translate into a myriad of opportunities in...
Jun 30, 2010

Noncompete Agreements Are Also Nonlegal in California

You hire Joe to work for you. After learning everything he can, he quits and starts a similar business. He also hires several of your other employees and lures away some of your best customers. Is this...
Jun 30, 2010

Crafting an Elegant Exit Strategy for Your Small Business

Money generally winds up in one or more places after the sale of a business: the pocket of the seller, the family of the seller, the seller's favorite charity, and government coffers. The primary aim of most...
Jun 30, 2010

Ask Barbara J. Lippard

Berkeley's Barbara J. Lippard is a counselor at East Bay SCORE, a local branch of the national organization that provides free small business mentoring and training. Prior to her retirement, Lippard was an investment manager for Time,...
Jun 30, 2010

New Tax Threatens Oakland’s Small Businesses

Oakland retailers have shown signs of rebounding from the Great Recession in the past several months, particularly small, independent businesses. The local restaurant industry also is flourishing. About 25 new eateries have opened in the city in...
Jun 30, 2010

The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

Berkeley attorney Janelle Orsi is the co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which aims to help social enterprises, worker-owned co-ops, and other mission-oriented enterprises sort through legal red tape. The co-author of The Sharing Solution,...
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