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Common Mistakes in Patent Protection

by | June 10, 2010

Our guest blog post comes from Jim Rutter of Ruttler IP Law.  Jim will be our guest speaker at our June 23 Equinox Focus Event “Protecting and Leveraging Your IP”. ——————————————– The first major mistake that is made with patents is disclosing an invention prior to filing a patent application.  Disclosure could include offering to... View Article

Groundrules and Communication are Key to Success in Family Business

by | May 18, 2010

Our guest blog post comes from Steve Brilling, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center and Family Business Roundtable at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics.  ———————- It all comes down to communication—clear, concise, honest communication, with a dash of compassion thrown in. Whether it is in a legal document or simply a written... View Article

Experience: Improving Family Business Communications

by | May 13, 2010

Experience is the best learning tool.  Our guest blog post comes from Bill Altland, a family business owner of Whale Tail Pharmacy in Craig, Alaska. ———————— The word that comes to my mind relating to communication issues in family businesses is the word “insidious”. It can be difficult to separate the business issues from family issues... View Article

There’s No Business Like A Family Business

by | May 4, 2010

Businesses are developed and grown through their relationships with people – people as owners, managers, customers, and vendors.  These people relationships, though critical for success, also create substantial risk for the business because people are emotional and often unpredictable.  Most businesses protect against this risk through contracts.  Why do they work?  Contracts allow a company... View Article

Business Continuity is Essential

by | April 21, 2010

Our guest blog post this week is from Pete DiSantis of Peter DiSantis Consulting Associates.  Pete will also be our guest presenter at the April Equinox Focus Event “Beating Your Competition through Contingency Planning.”  ———————– You lock your house, your office, your car.  You buy insurance for your house, your office, your car… even your... View Article