Why Savannah is a Great Place for Starting a Business in Georgia

March 22, 2016 | Charles Bowen

Savannah is known for its arts and culture, fishing and watersports, as well as its sightseeing and golf. And while it may not be known for its business start-ups, Savannah’s entrepreneurial nature runs deep. The city is home to multiple programs, centers, and schools that are designed to help fledgling businesses get off the ground and survive. Some key organizations in Savannah strive to help Georgia start-ups, and the city itself also plays an integral role in keeping Savannah’s entrepreneurial spirit alive and well.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups

The Future of Medical Marijuana in Georgia

March 4, 2016 | Charles Bowen

Last year, the state legislature passed a law making it legal for residents suffering from one of eight illnesses who have joined the state medical marijuana registry to possess an oil derived from marijuana for medical purposes. However, with no production of medical cannabis in Georgia, patients have to travel out-of-state to acquire it. All that may soon change if Macon Rep. Allen Peake has his way.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups

What is Not a Trademark?

December 21, 2015 | Charles Bowen

Image used with permission by https://www.flickr.com/photos/businesssarah/

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia, Georgia Entertainment Law, Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups, trademarks

The Bowen Law Group Releases Brand New E-Book

December 14, 2015 | Charles Bowen

The eBook, entitled “The Little Book of Trademark Law for Startups and Small Businesses,” provides owners with an easy-to-read legal resource about building and fostering a good reputation. A brand can make or break a new business, and the process of creating, developing, and protecting that brand is a crucial step in the development of a company. However, business owners and operators don’t always understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and that’s where the eBook comes in.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups, trademarks

Anti-Spam Law for Small Businesses

September 21, 2015 | Charles Bowen

There’s no denying the fact that marketers are a clever bunch. If there is a way to get a message to the masses, they will find it. When the internet exploded and evolved into part of our everyday lives, marketers were right there to capitalize.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups

How the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Affects Your Small Business

August 10, 2015 | Charles Bowen

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that resulted in the immediate legalization of same-sex marriage across the country.  While this certainly was a cause for celebration for many couples, it should be noted that this ruling also has many important implications for small business owners. Ensuring that your business is compliant with the current state of the law is crucial in order to avoid potential fines or lawsuits.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups

Four Questions to Ask a Legal Professional Regarding Incorporation

June 12, 2015 | Charles Bowen

Question

What are the most important questions I need to ask about incorporating my business?

Answer

Starting a business is challenging. There are several crucial steps that must be performed accurately and completely in order to be legally compliant and protect yourself as a business owner. One of the most important steps is incorporation. Here are four questions to ask a legal professional before starting the process.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups

Are Antiquated Georgia Laws Costing Jobs in the Craft Brew Industry?

February 24, 2015 | Charles Bowen

Answer: Yes

Including tourism and the entire supply chain, it is estimated that modernizing beer distribution laws in Georgia will add approximately 1,500 direct jobs and $375 million in economic activity.

Since the national low point for private-sector employment (February 2010), Georgia has added 361,800 jobs--an increase of 11.5%. Unfortunately, since the recession began, Georgia net jobs gains have totalled only 0.2% compared to 1.4% for the United States as a whole. Georgia’s 6.9% unemployment rate is also greater than the 5.6% national average. Meanwhile, the craft brew industry has been growing rapidly in almost every state, contributing both dollars and jobs to local economies. There are now over 3,000 craft breweries in the U.S. which contributed more than $14 billion in 2014 consumer purchases. According to Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist of the Brewers Association, Georgia is ranked 47th in the country in breweries per capita. This low ranking is due in large part to prohibition-era distribution laws. Senate Bill 63, known as the “Beer Jobs Bill,” looks to change this.

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Topics: Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups

Next Step After Forming an LLC in Georgia: Getting an EIN

December 3, 2014 | Charles Bowen

Most businesses will need to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) shortly after forming their LLC, LLP or corporation.  An EIN is essentially the Social Security number for your business.  If your business will have employees, you are legally required to have an EIN.  Here are some things the EIN will enable you to do:

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia, Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups