The Advantages and Disadvantages of Funding Your Business Through Debt

If you own a business, you know that there are times when the company needs extra capital. It could be to help get through a difficult time, to engage in rapid growth, or any number of other circumstances. The two most common options you will have available to raise the money are taking on equity financing, where you give up a certain percentage of ownership in the company, or debt.These can both be valuable Read More

Four Questions to Consider Before You Decide to Sell Your Business

Thinking about selling your business? This is an exciting time and an opportunity to cash in the hard work you’ve put in over the years.  But, there are many important details that you must consider. If you’re contemplating the sale of your business, here are four issues to consider.Is Now the Right Time to Sell?Timing the sale of a business can be very tricky. The key to a great exit is to demonstrate growth Read More

Sell Big: How to Maximize the Value of Your Business Before You Sell

If you are considering selling your business, you obviously want to get the most money for it. But don’t want to wait until it’s too late to begin thinking about this process - it’s a process that typically takes years. Here are five ways to begin.Demonstrate ProfitabilityThe first thing a buyer will look at is your business’s profitability and the cash flow that the business produces to its owner. A Read More

Buying a Business? Here Are Five Key Questions to Ask the Seller

Buying a business is a huge decision and it’s important to get it right. There’s a lot that goes into the process, but one important step is having a conversation with the seller. In this blog entry, we highlight five questions that you should ask the seller. His or her answers will help you gain a more complete understanding of the business and its value.Why Are You Selling Now?This is a critically Read More

Need Funding? Four Ways to Raise Capital for Your Business

Let’s be honest - if everyone had all the money they needed to start their own business, nearly everyone would do it.  Most likely, however, you’re a solo innovator or motivated team eager to bring your ideas to the world, and now you need the startup funds to make it happen. Even if you’re already an established business and you’re looking to expand to a new market or introduce a new product line, you may find Read More

Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2015

Stan is honored to be selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars of Colorado (2015 Edition) for the fourth year in a row.  Stan has been selected for his excellence in the practice of Mergers & Acquisitions.The Rising Stars selection process includes peer nominations and independent research of candidates.  While up to 5% of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5% Read More

The Problem with Money/Investor “Finders”

The use of “finders” is common in securities offerings, particularly small business offerings. Typically, an issuing company will cross the path of a well-connected individual who promises to introduce the issuing company to prospective investors. Usually, the company is very enthusiastic about the relationship, as it will get the company in front of new prospective investors. However, the relationship and payment Read More

Are you properly classifying your independent contractors?

Independent contractors are a popular choice for business owners to fill their work force needs, especially during the startup phase of their business. True independent contractors are not treated as employees, which essentially means that payroll taxes and certain state and federal employment laws do not apply to the contractors and the business is exempt from those requirements.  However, it is important to ensure Read More

How to Protect Your Proprietary and Confidential Information

While your business may not have “secret recipes” for its products and services, it almost certainly has some processes or information that it believes gives it a competitive advantage over others in the market. Your confidential information may include things like customer lists developed through substantial expense and effort, special product designs, pricing formulas, code, systems, business plans, or other Read More

Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2014

Stan is honored to be selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars of Colorado (2014 Edition) for the third year in a row.  Stan has been selected for his excellence in the practice of Mergers & Acquisitions.The Rising Stars selection process includes peer nominations and independent research of candidates.  While up to 5% of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5% are Read More