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Chances are, when you started your small business you couldn't have known just how many transactions would require contracts. And you certainly didn't get into business to read fine print all day. Still, certain contracts -- and even specific clauses -- can make or break your small business, so you need to know what you're doing.

No one can become a contract expert overnight, but there are some red flags to look out for when signing certain business contracts. Here are three of the biggest:

Being an entrepreneur or running a small business means that you have to wear many hats. One of the most important is the marketing and advertising hat. Making sure your potential customers know that you exist and know what you do is essential for any business that wants to survive.

So after you've done your research on how to reach your target market and you've selected the type of advertisement you want to run (print, internet, radio, etc.), you have to design your advertisement's content. Will you just let people know you exist? Are you going to offer a special promotion? Or, are you going to tell everyone why your competition's product is inferior? Regardless of what you say, you should make sure you know the limitations on what you can and can't say in advertising.

Below are 5 frequently asked questions from small business owners about advertising.

Last week, a federal judge in Northern California granted the motion to conditionally certify the class action case against Google for allegedly committing age discrimination against applicants. The lawsuit claims that programmers over the age of 40 were discriminated against in the application process at Google.

The judge's ruling means that the lawsuit can proceed to the next stage in the class action process of sending out notifications to potential class members. Google will likely be required to provide the contact information for anyone that fits within the case's definition for class members.

Selling to big businesses can be intimidating for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Although making a deal with a big company can often be the key to success for small companies, it can also lead to the end if your small business can't meet or afford to produce for the big business demand.

After getting the deal done, scaling the business is frequently a substantial hurdle small businesses face. The following 5 legal tips will help your small business make that sale and deliver.

It's probably a question that was unthinkable just a few short years ago. But with more states legalizing recreational and medical marijuana (and a whole lot more with bud bills on the ballot), it may be time for small businesses to rethink their office pot policies.

Denver-based software company Flowhub and social media networks High There! and MassRoots have weed-friendly offices, allowing cannabis consumption on the clock. So is this trend just for weed industry startups in Denver? Or should you be letting your employees get high nine to five?

One NYC pharmacy has intentionally decided to discriminate against their male customers in order to raise awareness for gender price discrimination. If you had to re-read that, it is understandable as the logic is baffling. The pharmacy instituted a policy whereby men must pay a 7 percent tax, while women do not have to pay the tax. The owner of the store claims that the tax on men represents the average, lower price on products marketed to men.

In what could have just been a cute ploy to get shoppers through the doors, or to get the public to even discuss the shop's very existence, instead the store has actually followed through on violating the civil rights of half their customer base. Although the store claims their actions are not discrimination, because in practice men are just paying what would have normally been charged and women are receiving a 7 percent discount, the store owner's explanation still describes a textbook example of gender discrimination.

Hurricane Matthew recently brought natural disaster insurance issues to many a small business's doorstep. Stores, shops, and service providers were faced with wind and flood damage, as well as a loss of business following the storm. And for some who turned to their insurance carriers for coverage, they may have been surprised to find it wasn't covered under their policy.

Make sure your small business doesn't suffer the same fate -- ask these six questions, and make sure you have the answers.

More information is being discovered in relation to Wells Fargo's recent scandal, showing that nearly 10,000 small businesses were also victims of the banking giant's illegal and corrupt up-selling practices. Despite CEO John Stumpf claiming ignorance as to whether small businesses were affected when he testified before the House Financial Services Committee, Senator David Vitter has discovered that thousands of small businesses have been affected by the fraudulent practices.

It may not be much of a relief, nor will most believe Wells Fargo, but the bank claims that the small business customers that were affected were included in the original count of the consumer retail accounts that were affected. However, the Consumer Financial Protection Board directly contradicted Wells Fargo statement on this issue, stating that the 2 million accounts already identified didn't include small business accounts.

The impact of Hurricane Matthew in Florida wasn't as severe as expected, but that's not to say everyone escaped unscathed, and there might be more to come as the storm circles back in the Atlantic. And small businesses can feel a double impact of the storm -- initial property damage coupled with a downturn in business afterwards.

If you're a Florida small business, here's some guidance on handling property insurance claims and a loss of business following Hurricane Matthew.

Amazon customers have become accustomed to prompt deliveries, but it may come at the cost of knowing that Amazon is being sued by its delivery drivers for labor violations. The same attorney that reached a $100 million settlement against Uber on behalf of its drivers is now the champion for drivers in Amazon's Flex program.

Like Uber, Amazon Flex allows drivers to sign up via an app, work the hours they want to work, and use their own device and vehicle. The primary difference is that Uber drivers transport people while Amazon Flex drivers deliver Amazon's packages to people.