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

How to Choose a Business Name That Won't Get You Sued

September 23, 2015 | Charles Bowen

Choosing a name for your company is one of the more intriguing aspects of delving into the world of business. Your name becomes your identity to the outside world;

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia

Live Your Dream, Make a Difference, and Get Paid: Start a Nonprofit

September 1, 2015 | Charles Bowen


Entrepreneurs create more than businesses. It takes every bit as much skill, perseverance, and luck to start a nonprofit enterprise as it does to start a for-profit business. For those passionate about helping others, the opportunity to maintain control over organizational operations and policy is rare.

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia, non-profits

Starting a Business in Georgia - Available Resources

April 29, 2015 | Charles Bowen


What resources are available for starting a business in Georgia? 


From consulting, training, access to research and guidance for completing all necessary legal paperwork, here are some of our favorite resources:

While nearly 80% of the 17,261 small businesses started in Georgia in 2013 survived through 2014, the challenge of remaining solvent is great. Only roughly half of businesses in the United States are able to stay open for four or five years and the percentage of success goes down from there; just one-third survive ten years or more. Certainly there are many reasons businesses fail, many to do with the actual product or service, cash flow or understanding of the market. In addition, however, there are also a variety of procedural and tactical decisions and steps which must be made in order to build a business on a strong foundation.  

Have a great business idea but not familiar with all that is involved in starting a business in Georgia? Thankfully there are numerous resources available to help.

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia

Protect Your Small Business from Lawsuits and Other Helpful Articles

January 22, 2015 | Charles Bowen

The Savannah Morning News recently published my article about how to protect your small business from lawsuits.  See below for a link to the full article.

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia

Starting a Business in Georgia: When do You Need a Sellers Permit?

December 29, 2014 | Charles Bowen

If you are planning to start a business, there are several legal forms you will likely need to complete. (SeeBasics of Incorporation”, “How to get an EIN” and other articles about starting a business in Georgia). Many new businesses in Georgia are required to procure a sellers permit, something that the Georgia Department of Revenue (GaDOR) calls a “Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Registration.” This article will help you find answers to questions about the sales and use tax certificate and help prepare you to deal directly with GaDOR. 

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia

How to Get a Business Tax Certificate in Savannah, Georgia

December 22, 2014 | Charles Bowen

Who needs a business tax certificate?

Any company, individual, or legal entity engaging in a for-profit business in Savannah, Georgia must have a business tax certificate (also called a business license). Doing business without one can result in heavy fines. The application forms outlining the requirements for a business tax certificate are available online here.

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia

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

How to Form an LLP in Georgia

October 21, 2014 | Charles Bowen

There are five main steps to forming an LLP.

  1. Choose a business name
  2. File a trade name
  3. Draft and sign a partnership agreement
  4. Obtain licenses, permits and zoning clearance
  5. Obtain an Employer Identification Number


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Topics: Attorneys Savannah GA, Starting a Business in Georgia

How to form an LLC in Georgia

October 14, 2014 | Charles Bowen

There are two main steps in creating an LLC.

  1. Choose a Name for your LLC
  2. File Articles of Organization and a Transmittal Form

 1. Choose a Name for Your LLC

Your LLC’s name must contain one of the following: 

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Topics: Attorneys Savannah GA, Starting a Business in Georgia