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Do Private Cannabis Clubs Make Public Smoking OK?

For marijuana consumers, the problems just keep getting better. Not many years ago, it seemed that legalization of the drug was a pipe dream. Today many American states are decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis. In Colorado, the issue now is public consumption.

You can go to bars and have a drink in Colorado. But you can't smoke legal weed anywhere but at home, making consumption confusing for tourists. Marijuana use has been banned at hotels and in public generally but resourceful enthusiasts are working round the prohibitions with cannabis clubs, places where people can go to hang out and smoke. Are these clubs legal?

You're small. You're just getting started. You may not even have many resources, let alone an entire human resources department. So you're probably thinking you can keep any hiring pretty informal. No need for tedious forms, checked boxes, and extra paperwork, right?

Not so much. While an employment application may seem antiquated in the days of LinkedIn, there are good legal reasons to have one, and one that suits your small business and the positions for which you're hiring. Here are a few of them.

What Does It Take to Open a Chick-Fil-A Franchise?

Many people dream of owning a business but would prefer not to have to put all the parts together. Franchising is a good option for them because they buy into an existing business that has already established all the basics -- what to sell, how to package it, how much things should cost, supply, marketing, and more.

But franchising has certain financial requirements. Buying in can be prohibitively expensive. Not so for Chick-Fil-A. It has the lowest startup cost of any franchise and no minimum net worth or liquid asset requirements, according to Slate and Business Insider. But there's a catch.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Business

You're interested in buying a business and you've done all the research on it, so you are ready. Or are you? What should you be aware of before you buy? Let's take a look at 5 common business buying mistakes and how to avoid them.

Startup Must-Do: Drafting a Vesting Agreement

You are enthusiastic and energetic and you believe in your new business. In fact, you believe in it so strongly that you're too busy working to protect it legally. That's a mistake.

In the beginning stages of a startup venture, you may rely on goodwill and drive. But don't leave yourself or your business vulnerable to changing winds. A vesting agreement protects new businesses and individual partners, ensuring that dedication to the company really does pay and that no one can walk away early and still get rich.

5 Tips to Prevent and Prepare for Business Lawsuits

You worry about your business and try to do everything you can to help it thrive. You set goals, you have plans, and you are strategic, thinking long term. But one thing still stumps you. How do you avoid lawsuits?

Well, there are no guarantees for anybody, person or business. But there are some things you can do to stay out of trouble, or to at least be prepared should you get sued. Here are five tips that will help get you thinking about lawsuit preparedness and prevention.

You don't have to be a large retailer to take advantage of holiday shopping, and you don't need a permanent store to reach customers. A holiday pop-up shop can be the perfect boost to your small business's revenue, provided you do it right.

There are quite a few legal hoops you've got to jump through when prepping your holiday pop-up store, and we've got them all in a handy checklist for you. The three (or so) legal L's of a pop-up shop:

What to Know Before Your Business Goes Global

Many business owners dream of international expansion, but there are important issues to consider before going global. Forays into foreign markets have all the usual problems and risks of any new business, plus cultural and linguistic challenges. And an unsuccessful international venture can be much more costly than failing at home.

Of course, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so going global also presents opportunities for profit that are otherwise impossible. To prepare for the bold step of international expansion, consider the following. If you are not daunted by these questions and suggestions, you may indeed be ready for business adventures abroad.

The idea of making your dream come true and starting your own small business has been calling, but so have the doubts. Will people like my product or service? Will they like it enough for me to make money?

Starting your own small business may be a scary prospect, but it's a lot less frightening when you've got all your ducks in a row. Here's what you need to start a small business:

Congratulations on your new eBay business!

I hope the money is flowing in. But, to ensure you get to keep the money, make sure your business isn't skirting the law in any way.

Take these five steps to keep your eBay business legal: