Hawaii Farmers Sue Over ‘Kona’ Coffee

Local businesses tend to get protective over their brands, especially when non-locals appropriate the name or imagery of a place in order to capitalize on someone else’s hard work or name brand. And few places are as protective or protected than Hawaii. There have been lawsuits over mainland-brewed “Hawaii” beer and mainland-produced “Hawaiian” potato chips, …

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March Madness in the Office: How to Make Sure Your Small Biz Is Ready

According to estimates from last year, March Madness costs employers anywhere from $2.3 to $6.3 billion in lost productivity and profits. Between long lunches, streaming games at the desk, and organizing. updating, and conversing about the office pool, hours and dollars seem to disappear this month. Does that mean you ban the brackets altogether? And …

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Are the Feds Finally Going to Address Pot Banking Barriers?

While 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it, the federal government hasn’t. And that can throw a big financial wrench into the workings of any cannabiz. Without access to FDIC-insured banking services — like small business loans, cashless transactions, and even checking accounts — even legal marijuana businesses can struggle to comply …

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Silicon Plateau? Wyoming Makes Bid for Blockchain Innovation

The Great Seal of Wyoming features a rancher near a banner with the words “Livestock” and “Grain” on it, and a miner next to a banner that reads “Mines” and “Oil.” They may also want to add “Bitcoin” to their mining operations. The Equality State just enacted 13 laws aimed at enabling blockchain innovation, in …

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Don’t Boost Website Traffic With Bots (and Beware Those That Do)

No matter what your small biz does, you want eyeballs on your website. Whether you’re trying to sell your products or services online, or trying to sell ad space on your pages, more eyeballs equals more revenue. Just make sure those eyeballs are the human kind. Website traffic bot scams are rampant, defrauding small businesses …

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There’s No Small Biz Quick Fix for Diversity, Inclusion Issues

Just about every business, small and large, wants a diverse team of executives, managers, and staff. Primarily, diversity in backgrounds and opinions can make your company better, attracting more customers, clients, and prospective employees. Beyond that, you could get in trouble legally if your company isn’t diverse or inclusive enough. So, how do you get …

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What Types of Insurance Coverage Does Your Marijuana Business Need?

Starting any business is risky. Even more so when starting a business whose legality at the federal level remains, shall we say, murky. Luckily, some of those risks can be mitigated, if you’ve got the right insurance. So what kind of insurance is right for a budding cannabiz? Here are four types of small business …

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