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Maryland Business Owners, Are You Ready For The Great Onboarding Of 2022?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The Great Resignation of 2021 is yesterday’s news, and in just a few days, it will be last year’s news.  For business owners, the new year is not only a time to get all your documents in order so you can file corporate taxes; it is also a time to reflect on what you… Read More »

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The New CFPB Rules Are Here: You Can Now Contact Customers About Payment Through Social Media

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Social media has hardly improved anyone’s personal relationships, but it has been beneficial to businesses of all sizes.  Businesses have benefited from user-generated content that mentions their brands or products, and the popularity of a business spreads even more quickly on social media than it does through old-fashioned word of mouth.  During the lean… Read More »

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Small Businesses Are Great For The Economy

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you are thinking about establishing a small business, you have everything to gain by doing so, and so does the community around you.  As jobs that offer stability and generous benefits packages become harder to find among large employers, many industrious, enterprising people have been taking matters into their own hands and forming… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between A CID And EIN For Businesses?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many industries have developed an “alphabet soup” of acronyms that make perfect sese to industry insiders but are utterly incomprehensible to anyone outside the occupation.  Just listen to two people with federal jobs refer to the federal agencies with which they deal in the course of your work, or try reading your own medical… Read More »

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Is It Time For Your Small Business To Pivot Away From Facebook And Instagram?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The feeling of panic was palpable when Facebook and other social media platforms under its control, including Instagram and What’s App, experienced an outage earlier this month.  The outage lasted less than a day, but it was long enough to make people realize how much they depend on these platforms to stay socially connected. … Read More »

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A Business Law Attorney Can Be The Antidote To Your Entrepreneurial Exuberance

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The best business partner is someone whose thought processes line up closely with yours.  “Opposites attract” does not usually apply to business partnerships; to borrow an idea from an old Freakonomics podcast, Bert and Ernie might get along well as friends and roommates, but if they embarked on a business venture together, not only… Read More »

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What If Facebook Paid All The Invoices Owed To Your Small Business?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If your small business remained profitable during the COVID-19 pandemic which has dragged on for the past year and a half, there is a good chance that Facebook has helped you accomplish this.  Social media provides versatile ways for small businesses to connect with customers even before the pandemic hit, and during the long… Read More »

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Biden Issues Executive Order Targeting Unfair Use Of Non-Compete Clauses

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order aimed at curbing 72 business practices he deemed detrimental to fair market competition and to the rights of workers.  One of these actions is the improper use of non-compete clauses, which are very prevalent in employment contracts.  The text of the executive order… Read More »

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How Businesses Can Protect Themselves Against Wrongful Termination Of Employment Lawsuits

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Maryland’s at-will employment laws make it possible for employers to terminate the employment of any employee for any reason, unless the employee has a written contract saying that their job is guaranteed to last until a certain date.  Most of the time, when an employer terminates an employee’s job, it is either because of… Read More »

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What United Healthcare’s New “Non-Emergency ER Visit” Policy Means For Your Small Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many aspects of our daily lives, so it is no surprise that it changed how we think about healthcare and health insurance.  All but the wealthiest were in a position where a health problem not covered by insurance would be financially disastrous.  We started to talk about health services… Read More »

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