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Register a business: protect yourself from trademark theft

Register a Business: Protect yourself From Trademark Theft

If being self-employed and answering to no one but yourself appeals to you, then you should definitely start your own business. However, you should always register it with the authorities. This is very important, as it will protect your corporate identity from getting duplicated. Let us suppose you have a company named Joe Schmoe Private Limited. You sell only high quality products to your clients at reasonable prices. But then, another company by the same name crops up and starts selling sub-standard stuff to clients. Your brand image will get affected for the other company. On the other hand, if you got your brand name registered, you could sue the other company and force them to cease and desist from defacing your good name in the market. So, how do you go about registering your company name and trademark? It’s not very complicated. Here’s how:

You can register a business name and trademark design at your nearest business registration offices approved by the Government in your country. You have to fill up a few forms and pay a certain amount of registration fees and your business will be registered. It usually takes only a few days. Approach your local business registration offices for details. If you are in doubt regarding the procedure, seek out a good business attorney. He/she will be able to explain things to you more clearly.

If you don’t have the money at hand to get your trademark registered, don’t despair. There is another way of making your trademark legally acceptable, albeit temporarily. Simply put your company logo and name in a sealed envelope, walk up to your nearest post office, and mail it to yourself. When the envelope arrives, it will have the sending date, stamps, etc. making it legally acceptable. As long as you keep the envelope in an unopened condition, it is sufficient as evidence to the registration offices. If you see your trademark is stolen by someone else, all you have to do is bring that envelope to the business registration office. The staff there will open the envelope and analyze the contents. This is called a “poor man’s copyright” system, but don’t expect this to last forever. As soon as you have enough money at hand, do register your trademark formally. That will protect your brand identity from being forged by someone else, forever.

Portable catv analyzer for digital/analog tv transmission network

Portable Catv Analyzer For Digital/analog Tv Transmission Network

Toronto, Canada – GAO Comm (www.GAOComm.com) recommends this well-designed portable CATV analyzer which is an ideal tool for troubleshooting network problems and monitoring potential network security attacks. It tests analog TV indexes, digital TV QAM modulation channel power, and MER and BER modulation using special circuitry. This analyzer is also suitable for digital and analog mixed network testing and two-way network construction and transformation. This handheld CATV analyzer, model 783A, includes an auto measurement mode and a slope measurement mode. It automatically obtains parameters including total number of channels, channel type (analog or digital), and channel spectrum in its auto-measurement mode. The rugged analyzer is equipped with a high-contrast, backlit LCD screen and incorporates a high interference immunity design to ensure that TV images are displayed at the best graphic quality. It can be easily connected to a PC or printer to save or print test data via data cable. In addition, this shock-resistant analyzer offers protection against harsh environments and is able to operate continuously for more than 16 hours on a single charge. Visit http://www.GAOComm.com for more information or to purchase this product online. For any sales inquires please contact: 1-877 585-9555 ext. 601 – Toll Free (USA & Canada) 1-416 292-0038 ext. 601 – All Other Areas sales@gaocomm.com

Toronto, Canada – GAO Comm (www.GAOComm.com) recommends this well-designed portable CATV analyzer which is an ideal tool for troubleshooting network problems and monitoring potential network security attacks. It tests analog TV indexes, digital TV QAM modulation channel power, and MER and BER modulation using special circuitry. This analyzer is also suitable for digital and analog mixed network testing and two-way network construction and transformation. This handheld CATV analyzer, model 783A, includes an auto measurement mode and a slope measurement mode. It automatically obtains parameters including total number of channels, channel type (analog or digital), and channel spectrum in its auto-measurement mode. The rugged analyzer is equipped with a high-contrast, backlit LCD screen and incorporates a high interference immunity design to ensure that TV images are displayed at the best graphic quality. It can be easily connected to a PC or printer to save or print test data via data cable. In addition, this shock-resistant analyzer offers protection against harsh environments and is able to operate continuously for more than 16 hours on a single charge. Visit http://www.GAOComm.com for more information or to purchase this product online. For any sales inquires please contact: 1-877 585-9555 ext. 601 – Toll Free (USA & Canada) 1-416 292-0038 ext. 601 – All Other Areas sales@gaocomm.com

Perform due diligence when buying a restaurant

Perform Due Diligence When Buying a Restaurant

Everybody needs to eat to live, and over time we have turned this requirement into a social activity. Currently, a restaurant is – by far, one of the most popular businesses, and one which could be an even more desirable buying proposition if you happen to have a taste for a specific kind of food!

Conduct due diligence when buying a restaurant business even though your heart, or even your stomach, might tell you that this is the vocation for you. This industry is very competitive and there are many elements you want to consider. Allocate a period of time, experts recommend four weeks, to observe the operation of the business. This should enable you to get a good feel and to smooth out any peaks or troughs before you make your final decision.

You have several key areas to investigate including the premises, the financials, the equipment, lease, the operations and the employees. Do not be afraid to bring in experts, including an accountant experienced in the food business to help you, but as you go through your observation period, use your general business sense and a good portion of common sense to observe how everything works, especially from a client point of view.

For your paper and number crunching chores, expect to review the tax returns, profit and loss statements, cash flow worksheets, inventory records, employee records, equipment agreements, maintenance schedules, all necessary licenses, health inspections certificates and a history and copy of the lease.

When dealing with financials, you must know that the restaurant business has a large quantity of cash sales. Some business owners choose to siphon some of this off and not report it. Over time this is not a good practice as this money could have been used for marketing purposes, and when it comes purchase business assets, it can be very difficult to prove income and therefore worth.

When you are inspecting the property, look at it from an overall perspective as well as in detail. Can it be adequately seen from nearby major roads, is signage appropriate, well-maintained and presentable? Are there any other major competitors and are they overbearing? What is your first impression when arriving in the parking lot? Take a look at external dumpsters and trash removal areas to make sure that these are as well-maintained as possible and are unobtrusive.

Moving inside, what is your first impression of the decor. Is the waiting area pleasant and contributory to the overall ambience? Is there adequate signage for bathrooms, emergency exits? Pay close attention to the bathrooms. They should be in perfect working order, comfortable and impeccably clean and well-maintained. In a restaurant, everything, repeat everything should be clean, presentable and in full working order.

Most of the equipment contained in a restaurant and specifically within its kitchen is subject to certification, inspection and permitting. Check to see that this is all up-to-date and timely. While every element of the equipment should be operated according to the letter of the law, you must also ensure that regular maintenance and cleaning schedules are top-notch. For major items and appliances, see whether contractor warranties are available and can be transferred to you.

Very often a lease can be a potential stumbling block when looking at a restaurant for sale. The landlord will want to ensure that the business is being operated as efficiently as possible and may be wary of transferring or issuing a new lease to someone who does not have much experience. Look for terminology within the lease stating that transfers will “not be unreasonably withheld,” and aim to ensure that you get at least as favorable terms during your tenancy. This would be a good time to assess the overall viability of the environment within which the business operates. If in a strip mall of some kind, are the anchor stores in good shape and do the majority of other businesses also appear sound? You do not want to see an anchor store disappear and the overall visitor level to the area decline.

When you analyze the operations of the business, you want to learn how the current owner operates and whether there are any immediate issues or challenges that you will have to take into account. Look closely at any “special arrangements” or unique selling points that involve a particular individual, a style or presentation of food. You want to be sure that these elements are transferable or will be present when you take over.

A restaurant will likely rise and fall on the strength of its employees. While you can expect a high turnover in any kind of restaurant, if you see some loyal staff and a good “team spirit” this can be a definite plus. Check to see how people are hired, the terms and conditions offered to them and exactly how they are paid.

While you should insist on an observation period, before you are involved in formal discussions with the seller why not kill two birds with one stone and visit the restaurant for a few nice dinners or lunches with other companions? You don’t have to show your hand at this stage and can get a really good feeling by observing how the staff come and go, the operation within the kitchen ideally and in general get an opinion of whether everything is orderly and well-structured during the busiest times.

Money matters so beware of bad deals

Money Matters So Beware of Bad Deals

Payday loans can be a very resourceful avenue for help when you need money in a hurry. Unfortunately many loan lenders can use the nature of the business to scam you out of money or put you into a financial hole. For loan lenders online or in person, you want to be responsible with your money. Since the economy slowed there has been an increase in the number of online cash advance sites. The opportunity for scamming money got bigger. In getting a loan, it’s important that your company is completely honest and open. Outlining company policy for the borrower is the first step to being transparent. You should be aware of your options at every step of the process. Being aware of the process ensures that you won’t be surprised by anything when your loan is due. Hidden fees or obscure rules can really leave you in a bad spot. Trustworthiness is extremely important in your lender. The security of a lender’s website is vital. You should only do business with lenders that have a safe website. Your money’s security is not guaranteed, but there are steps a lender can take to ensure that it reasonably is. Reputable lending history is another key factor. The nature of the business is to give, but you don’t want to learn that a business gives irresponsibly. The result can be trouble for the company and you. Debt and credit trouble are a couple of the negative results. Be sure to consider claims that a company makes about their approval rate and other flashy promises. Instead of the big show, look for a company that values experience and making smart decisions. It’s important to do a little studying online to look into the business of payday loan lenders. There are many articles and forums that analyze the policies and practices of lending sites. Finding out what customers have to say may be the best judge of a lender. If you find a good company that you trust, that’s your best bet.

President obama and men’s watches: his quirky style

President Obama and Men’s Watches: His Quirky Style

President Obama is the man. He’s always on point and entertaining to watch and listen to whether he’s giving a press conference or appearing on a popular talk show like he did last night on the “Late Show” with Dave Letterman.

Although Obama has been on the “Late Show” five times before, this was his first appearance since becoming President, therefore everyone was tuned in to see what he would say and do. Of course he was cool and personable and I’m sure Letterman received some good ratings.

The public doesn’t just like to see and hear what Obama says and does; they also want to talk about and analyze what he wears. When it comes to what the President wears during his normal work day and frequent media appearances, it’s pretty much a standard outfit: dark suit, white shirt, blue tie and American flag pin on his lapel. The one way for him to make a fashion statement and express himself is by wearing a watch. President Obama is known to have a couple different men’s watches: a Rolex, a TAG Heuer and a Jorg Gray.

Each of these men’s watches makes a different statement: a Rolex is a Rolex, one of the most expensive brands of luxury watches ever, and the one which he was seen wearing when he was running for President. Ironically, or not, his then “competition” John McCain also wore a Rolex.

When still a Senator, Obama religiously wore a TAG Heuer Series 1500 Divers watch. This was his daily watch for about ten years and one which he still wears. TAG Heuer produces many sporty men’s watches that are not out of reach for the average American to own.

The Jorg Gray watch that Obama has also shown much loyalty to has received the most attention because before he wore it, no one had heard of it. Given to him as a gift him by one of the Secret Service agents protecting him when he was still a Senator, this is an inexpensive men’s watch that costs about $200 – $250.

Last night on the “Late Show” one could see that he was wearing a large sized watch but which one was it? People are tweeting that it was an Omega watch, or maybe a Rolex? My guess is that it was not a Rolex, as most men’s watches by Rolex seem to have a metal bracelet and the one he wore has a dark leather strap. Unless the President has recently gone out and bought an Omega watch, likelihood is, that it was either his trusty TAG or his often worn Jorg Gray.

With all this talk about what kind of men’s watch the President wears, what no one seems to be talking about is which hand he wears it on? Most people are right-handed so it’s common to see watches worn on left-hands, but as you may have noticed, Obama is left-handed, which would normally mean that he wears his watch on his right hand, but he doesn’t… he wears his watch on his left hand. A total quirk and something else that he will go down for aside from being one of the best Presidents this country as ever seen.

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