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How TerraCycle Grew a Purpose-Driven Business to Run on an International Scale

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 effort to recycle the unrecyclable. He now operates in 21 countries and continues to grow without competition. By partnering with others to reuse materials such as cigarette butts and ocean plastics, he’s built an entire business that not...

Duration: 00:12:35

Business License Considerations for Restaurants

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 proper approach to licensing when opening new locations or undergoing a change in ownership.

Duration: 00:13:37

The Power of Social Media and Content Marketing

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.

Duration: 00:12:30

The Benefits of Doing Business in Delaware

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 unique and helpful court system, and the simplicity of compliance with state laws and regulations.

Duration: 00:09:45

The Keys to Doing the Deal Right

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 attractive to potential partners, how strategic planning can make the dealmaking process go much more smoothly, and how to handle those last-minute issues that could derail a deal at the last minute.

Duration: 00:12:33

Special Purpose Entity/Vehicles Defined and Why They’re Important

Learn what SPVs and SPEs are, when to use them, and the benefits and risks associated with each.

Duration: 00:12:02

Applying the Science of Kindness to Business

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 business research to confirm how simple but purposeful kindness can make a big difference in the successof a business.

Duration: 00:14:41

Tackling Construction Business License Compliance

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 business, reorganizing at your existing site, and keeping up with changing rules.

Duration: 00:11:59

The Art of Naming Your New Business

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 conversation stopper," Davis walks us through his decision to name his own business and offers several tips on what to avoid when choosing a name. Finally, he explains how to determine if anyone else has the name you have in mind for your...

Duration: 00:13:34

How to Start a Non-Profit

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, Anderson explains how you’ll also need to consider your business plan, management structure, and roles and responsibilities.

Duration: 00:10:11

Performing UCC Search Due Diligence: Uncovering Liens That Can Affect Your Deal

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 outstanding liens that could complicate the deal and what business owners and lenders should do if they find some surprises

Duration: 00:13:09

Why Your Business Should Expand to Canada

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 about why companies should consider Canadian expansion and how to get started.

Duration: 00:09:29

How Regulations Impact Your Business

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 time and money needed for compliance and what resources will make your life easier. She also details why she sees the federal regulatory environment getting more favorable to business owners and what challenges still remain.

Duration: 00:12:54

What Does Entity Management Mean for Your Business?

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 role it plays in an organization, and how to best manage compliance responsibilities.

Duration: 00:11:07

What's Behind the Boomer Business Boom?

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 more successful than their younger counterparts. He also walks through some of the challenges unique to starting a business later in life and how to decide if this is a good idea for you.

Duration: 00:12:15

Forming Your Small Business – Choosing an Entity

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 vital for new businesses to establish a formal entity. Fox explains the different types of entities and how to choose the right fit for your business. She also details how the different entities could impact your tax bill and what sort of...

Duration: 00:16:21

The Keys to a Launching a Successful Online Business

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 priorities ought to be in that plan. Emerson also points out where to find help for establishing your formal business entity and taking care of other important legal requirements. She also offers advice on how to stand out from the crowd by...

Duration: 00:14:02

Tips for Post-Merger Success

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 communication is one of the keys to a smooth transition. He also explains how the right preparation before the merger makes the implementation less daunting.

Duration: 00:11:38

What it Takes to Start a Contracting Company

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 are necessary.

Duration: 00:15:04

Choosing a Business Structure for Your Small Business

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 help set your business on firm legal ground.

Duration: 00:12:51

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