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Do Small Biz Tenants Need More Protection From Landlords?

Commercial tenants have it tough. Sometimes landlords have their own plans for the space where you make your living, disrupting your business and earnings. This is just one reason why New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law that shields mom-and-pop shops from landlord harassment.

Calling small businesses essential to the city, the New York mayor said the new law will protect these shops from harassment and penalize offending landlords. But for some business advocacy groups the law does not go far enough and they are pushing for additional protective measures on behalf of commercial tenants.

Managing Brexit Uncertainty, Market Volatility, and Your Business

Last week, Britain stunned the world by voting on a referendum to leave the European Union, known as Brexit. Now the stunned world is trying to figure out what the implications of this decision will be for Britain, European Union nations, and the rest of us.

Some experts say that Britain's decision could lead to a slowdown in local small business lending by banks and decreased spending by American consumers, which directly impacts businesses. Let's consider why this might be and what Brexit means to you.

Risks and Returns of Litigation Finance as an Investment

You're in business so you find investment opportunities interesting and are curious about this thing called litigation finance. What exactly is it and how risky is this investment?

Litigation finance is investing in lawsuits and, depending on the outcome, collecting a portion of judgments or settlements. Like any investment opportunity, it comes with risks and the better you understand litigation finance the better equipped you'll be to determine if it's for you.

3 Contract Drafting Tips to Help Your Business

If you are in business, then you definitely enter contracts regularly. Sometimes you're buying and sometimes you're selling, but most likely you're dealing quite a lot.

In light of that, you should create standard contracts for your business, or form agreements that are both general enough to work for different kinds of deals but specific enough that they address your priorities. If you don't do this, chances are good that you'll be continually getting into agreements that are on others' terms. That might work some of the time but it's not an ideal approach.

Brexit and Your Business: Making Sense of Events

The British are not coming but they may be going, or Brexiting if you will, quitting the European Union. The referendum is being voted on today and if they don't remain, this will impact business internationally, including here in the US.

But there are a lot of factors that influence the economy, and isolating which precise event caused what outcomes is impossible. In fact, that is why the British are voting on exiting the European Union despite reports that partnership has led to prosperity and that Brexit could be a headache. Let's try to make sense of it all, to the extent possible.

Can Businesses Ban Gun Owners?

The owner of two restaurants in Portland, Maine ignited a national debate after she claimed on Facebook that she would no longer allow owners of semi-automatic rifles in her businesses. Anne Verrill's post, which has since been removed, raises interesting questions, one of which is: can she do that?

Actually, it seems highly unlikely. Let's consider the legality and practicality of the proposal.

If your small business handles enough credit card transactions, you already know how much of a hassle they can be. There's the processing equipment, the interchange fees, the data security issues, and the risk of fraud, all of which can fall on the small business owner. But a slightly larger business has decided to fight back.

Home Depot filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard, claiming the two largest credit card issuers colluded to hike transaction fees and suppress new chip-based card technology that can prevent fraud. So what does this mean for credit cards at your small business?

The last two major mass shootings, in San Bernardino and Orlando, didn't happen in public parks or streets -- they happened in places of business. This has a lot of employees wondering if they can bring guns to the workplace for self-protection and a lot small business owners wondering if and how they can ban firearms in their businesses.

Small businesses of all kinds are intersections of owner prerogatives, employee interests, and customer rights -- so how do these balance out when it comes to guns at work? Here are three main concerns, and some advice, from our archives:

What Workers Need: 3 Tips for Making a Great Company

Bosses are forever writing articles and giving talks to other bosses about how much people love to work for their companies because they are awesome. Keep in mind when you read this guidance from people who are in power that they are necessarily disconnected from the trenches.

If you want to know what people need from their jobs, ask workers. Even famous companies that get much credit for friendliness have disturbing business practices that call their claims to fame into question. So turn off the superstar CEO TED talk and chat with your team. Here are three tips for developing a successful small business that gets the best from its people.

Illegal Sales Tactics Businesses Must Avoid

You are not only a business person but a person, and you know how annoying other people can be, especially when they are trying to sell you on something. Yet you read so much different business advice that you can't always figure out when to be aggressive and when to be nice.

Opt for the latter whenever you wonder what approach to take because there are some deceptive trade and sales tactics that are not only unpleasant for the customer, but also illegal. Let's look at some sales tactics you should absolutely avoid for your sake and that of your customers.