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Entrepreneurs are natural self-starters with a belief they can do it all themselves, including all of the incorporation work necessary to start a small business. (And with some of the resources available on the internet, sometimes they might be right.)

But incorporation can be a tricky thing to get right. And if you're starting a nonprofit to do good, make sure you do it well. That may mean hiring an attorney to help you with starting a nonprofit.

You're starting a business because you've got some great, new ideas. So how do you protect those ideas once you're in business?

From intellectual property laws to non-disclosure agreements, there are quite a few legal options for protecting trade secrets. Here's how to know which is the right option for a particular product or idea, and which are right for your startup.

More and more states are legalizing it, meaning there are more and more business opportunities out there when it comes to marijuana. But, as opposed to computer science degrees for coders and engineers, MBAs for small business entrepreneurs, and even wine- and beer-making programs, there are precious few educational opportunities for those make a career in the weed field. (Outside of what you glean from the internet and that burnt out neighbor with a few sickly plants in his closet.)

But as marijuana goes mainstream, some colleges are looking to cash in, including Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, which began its medical plant chemistry program this semester. So do you need a dank degree in cannabis cultivation?

October is National Women's Small Business Month, and at a time when the news concerning women employees getting equal pay might be depressing, the news concerning women entrepreneurs and small business owners is a bit more hopeful. "National Women's Small Business Month is a time to recognize and applaud the talented, dedicated and driven women whose entrepreneurial spirit helps drive our nation's economy forward," said National Women's Business Council Chair Carla Harris. "Women's entrepreneurship has evolved from a growing trend to an inarguable contributor to the economic success, job growth and innovative backbone of this country."

Indeed, the trends of female small business ownership, funding, and success are on the rise, and hopefully that continues. Here are three other reasons to celebrate women small business owners this month:

No, this isn't some plot from a comic-book villain come to life; a company, that has, up till now, focused on marijuana technology and hemp oil, has purchased the town of Nipton, California for $5 million. The plan is to turn the ghost town, population: 6, into a destination for marijuana tourism.

Now, you may be asking: Marijuana tourism? Excuse me? However, in California's last election, marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults in the state. This means that, soon, any adult will be able to purchase marijuana, like they would cigarettes or alcohol. As states like Colorado have seen, once marijuana is available for the public to buy, a new industry pops up: marijuana tourism.

August 1, 2017 is Startup Day Across America, and few things encapsulate the American spirit quite like entrepreneurship. If we don't think we have the newest idea, we certainly think we know how to improve the old ones.

But the small business world is not a kind one, nor is it an unregulated one. So having a successful startup has as much to do with knowing what to do from a legal standpoint as it does with knowing what to do from a business standpoint. So how do you get your startup off on the right foot, legally speaking? Here are a few tips, from our archives:

Starting a new business, particularly a tech startup, can be filled with legal pitfalls for the unprepared. If a company is not ready to address legal problems that can arise early on, then VCs will be unlikely to invest, and the startup may not be able to survive past infancy.

Since each business is different, the potential legal problems tend to vary, even within industries. Below, you'll find three of the more common legal risks that tech startups face.

The only way to truly protect your business from a product liability claim: Don’t make, sell, promote, or have anything to do with any products. Unfortunately, that advice just doesn’t work for many businesses, particularly those that have the primary purpose of manufacturing products.

However, startups big and small can take certain actions to limit exposure and risks related to product liability claims.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is perhaps the civil rights law that businesses fear the most. Stories abound of businesses that were sued out of existence for violating state disability access laws that mirror the federal law, and most of these stories focus on how a small business was "extorted" out of business by allegedly unscrupulous ADA plaintiffs and lawyers. Rarely do these stories explain that the ADA plaintiffs face discrimination when businesses fail to comply with the law and put in the legally required accessible features.

These attitudes contribute greatly to the continued discrimination, and to make matters worse, over the past few years, businesses have been successful in limiting the rights of access discrimination plaintiffs to bring legal actions under various state laws. Most recently, new legislation signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will make it more difficult for Americans with Disabilities Act plaintiffs to file lawsuits against businesses with architectural barriers in that state. While many businesses are rejoicing in the new legislation, disability advocacy groups are anything but pleased with the new rules.

Starting a home business can be filled with pitfalls beyond the question of whether or not your productivity suffers if you work in pajamas. Frequently, zoning laws and other rules or regulations will apply to a home business.

Zoning laws limit the way in which land owners and residents can use their own properties. Generally, zoning laws distinguish between residential, commercial, and industrial properties, and can prohibit areas zoned for one use to be used for other uses. Depending on what your home business entails, and how the area where your home is located is zoned, you could face legal consequences for operating a home business.