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CT Expert Insights

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Formerly CT Small Business Toolkit. CT Expert Insights provides practical advice, tips, and tools to help start, run and grow your business. Topics covered in this series include strategy, incorporation, business licenses, compliance, and much more….
How to Scale Your Business
Jul 19 • 13 min
Pinnacle Global Network CEO Allison Maslan explains why businesses owners should be looking to scale their operations, whether they’re looking to be a global competitor or a regional success. She then walks us through the five phases of scaling, taking us…
Knowing Customs Key to Business Success
Jul 11 • 11 min
Dean Foster, founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions and author of “Bargaining Across Borders,” explains how knowing traditions and customs in other parts of the world can be the beginning of successful working relationships and how not knowing…
How the Government is Helping Small Businesses Compete Globally
May 24 • 13 min
House Small Business Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Chabot explains how the recent tax legislation and federal efforts to roll back regulations are putting American businesses on a much stronger footing both at home and abroad. Chabot also admits what…
7 Steps to Product Launch Success with Jeannette McClennan
May 10 • 11 min
Jeannette McClennan, president and founder of the McClennan Group and author of “Innovators Anonymous: Seven Steps to Get Your Product Off the Ground,” walks us through the keys to bringing a new concept to market while avoiding the grief,…
Best Practices for Attorneys Conducting International Transactions
Apr 25 • 13 min
Working on clients’ international deals can bring a host of unexpected challenges. Plan for success by anticipating the differences and building them into your deal timeline and workflow. Global Services Expert Bianca Erb discusses the importance of…
What Law Firms Can Do to Stand Out in Today’s Environment
Apr 19 • 11 min
Jordan Furlong, principle at Law 21 and author of “Law Is A Buyer’s Market: Building A Client-First Law Firm,” explains the biggest challenges for law firms in 2018. He says workloads are stagnating for law firms due to potential clients getting more and…
Important Considerations for Naming Your Business
Jan 4 • 10 min
Lori Ann Fox, regional and government relations attorney for CT Corporation, joins us to discuss the most important factors in choosing a name for your business and the legal steps you must follow to secure and protect that name. Fox explains the due…
Insights on Establishing and Maintaining Your LLC or Corporation
Dec 21, 2017 • 6 min
Tamara Kling, regional and government relations attorney at CT Corporation, explains the importance of establishing your formal business entity and how to determine whether becoming a corporation or a limited liability company is best for you and your…
Organizational Charts Provide Advantages for Corporations
Dec 15, 2017 • 9 min
CT Corporation Senior Product Manager Jace Harker explains what organizational charts are and why they are so helpful to businesses. Harker says the more complex a business gets with respect to subsidiaries and other developments within the organization,…
How TerraCycle Grew a Purpose-Driven Business to Run on an International Scale
Dec 5, 2017 • 12 min
During his last year in college, Tom Szaky began to question why garbage exists and why some products are recyclable and others aren’t. What he found was economics and the value of materials determined what could be reused. He founded TerraCycle in an…
Business License Considerations for Restaurants
Nov 15, 2017 • 13 min
Alexis Brachel, senior manager in business licenses at CT Corporation, walks us through the different licenses needed to open a restaurant and the lengthy process required to get those licenses before you open the doors. Brachel also offers tips on the…
The Power of Social Media and Content Marketing
Nov 10, 2017 • 12 min
Egg Marketing President Susan Guillory discusses the most effective way to attract new customers through social media engagement and providing articles or other content that demonstrate your expertise to prospective clients.
The Benefits of Doing Business in Delaware
Oct 27, 2017 • 8 min
Alan Stachura, senior manager of government relations at CT Corporation, shares several reasons why it is advantageous for businesses large and small to set up shop in Delaware. Stachura discusses the attractiveness of Delaware’s business entity law, its…
The Keys to Doing the Deal Right
Oct 19, 2017 • 12 min
Ian Bone, senior manager of strategy and innovation at CT Corporation, walks us through the most most important elements of successfully completing important deals, such as mergers, spinoffs, and financial agreements. Ian explains how make your proposal…
Special Purpose Entity/Vehicles Defined and Why They’re Important
Oct 12, 2017 • 12 min
Learn what SPVs and SPEs are, when to use them, and the benefits and risks associated with each.
Applying the Science of Kindness to Business
Sep 1, 2017 • 13 min
Kindness Hall Founder Allen Hecht explains how kindness or “mindfulness” towards others can not only have an impact on society but on how employers interact with employees and how businesses treat customers. Hecht also cites a tremendous amount of…
Tackling Construction Business License Compliance
Aug 29, 2017 • 12 min
Alexis Brachel, senior manager in business licenses, governance and risk compliance at CT Corporation, walks us through the steps of ensuring compliance is securing a construction business license. She explains the compliance required when expanding a…
The Art of Naming Your New Business
Jul 27, 2017 • 13 min
Tungsten Branding President Phillip Davis offers his expertise on how to name your new business in a way that conveys a clear message and leaves people wanting to know more about it. Noting that a business name should be a “conversation starter versus a…
How to Start a Non-Profit
Jul 18, 2017 • 9 min
National Association of Non-Profits President Blair Anderson tells us how starting a non-profit differs from launching a traditional business, the tax implications to keep in mind, and how to register your non-profit. Once your business is formed,…
Performing UCC Search Due Diligence: Uncovering Liens That Can Affect Your Deal
Jul 12, 2017 • 12 min
Bill Moore, senior manager of transactional business consultants and law firm sales for CT Corporation, walks us through how to conduct due diligence before submitting a Uniform Commercial Code filing Specifically, Moore explains how to find any…
Why Your Business Should Expand to Canada
Jul 6, 2017 • 8 min
If you’re looking to expand your business beyond the U.S, Canada is an excellent choice, due to similarities in business regulations and ease of navigating the requirements necessary to set up shop north of the border. Traci Houck of CT Corporation talks…
How Regulations Impact Your Business
Jun 13, 2017 • 11 min
Small Business and Entrepreneur Council President and CEO Karen Kerrigan joins us to discuss how existing and aspiring small business owners should approach the regulations imposed on them by all levels of government. Kerrigan explains how to factor the…
What Does Entity Management Mean for Your Business?
Jun 8, 2017 • 10 min
Entity management is essential to the health of your business, whether you’re a small company or a large corporation overseeing multiple entities. CT’s Business Compliance Consultant Sharon Carroll explains some of the basics of entity management, the…
What’s Behind the Boomer Business Boom?
Jun 1, 2017 • 10 min
Jeff Williams, chief coach at Bizstarters, a company focusing on the explosive growth of baby boomers starting new businesses after age 50. Williams explains why the number of new business owners who are 50 and older is soaring and why they tend to be…
Forming Your Small Business – Choosing an Entity
May 23, 2017 • 14 min
When thinking about all you need to do to start your new business, researching the proper business entity might not be at the top of your list, but it should be. Lori Ann Fox, government relations and regional attorney at CT Corporation, details why it is…
The Keys to a Launching a Successful Online Business
May 17, 2017 • 11 min
The good news is you can start an online business within hours. The bad news is that anyone else can do it too, so how can you prepare for success? Small Biz Lady Melinda Emerson explains why a good business plan is the best place to start and what…
Tips for Post-Merger Success
May 11, 2017 • 9 min
You’ve finalized a business merger, but how do you determine how successful it is? CT Corporation Client Relationship Manager Mike Malkowski walks us through the process of evaluating the effectiveness of a new merger and explains how effective…
What it Takes to Start a Contracting Company
May 3, 2017 • 13 min
Remodeling expert Shawn McCadden explains the critical steps in launching a contracting or construction business. He explains the differences between the two types of businesses, the right entity to establish, and which insurance and liability policies…
Choosing a Business Structure for Your Small Business
Apr 27, 2017 • 10 min
Teresa Goody, founder and CEO of The Goody Group, speaks about why it is critical to establish a structure for your new business and how to make sure you’re choosing the right one. She also discusses what to look for in your local laws and regulations to…
How to Launch a Successful Restaurant Business
Apr 19, 2017 • 11 min
Pabir Nijjar, who turned around a struggling pizza restaurant in California, shares his personal story and discusses what it takes to be a successful restaurant owner. Nijjar explains everything from permits and licensing to building your reputation in…