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We’re the Most Trusted Resource for Business Owners

The professionals from Corporate Business Solutions (CBS) bring about positive change for small to medium sized businesses through our knowledge, experience, technology, and an unrivaled commitment to providing customer service.

We take pride in the fact that no other firm has a more qualified staff than CBS in providing business analytics, consulting, and strategic tax planning projects.  We strive to maintain the highest level of technical expertise through a broad spectrum of internal and external training and interactive client assignments.

Services

Corporate Business Solutions offers a broad array of services furnishing analytical, consulting and strategic tax planning for you, the business owner of a small to medium sized business, these would include:

Business Analytics and Consulting

Our analysts will examine your business operations, identify gaps and recommend improvements, while our consultants tackle the hands-on implementation, education and training to facilitate the agreed upon solutions.

Strategic Tax Planning

Corporate Business Solutions’ Tax Planning Group will handle your personal and corporate strategic tax planning.  The recommended strategies are fully detailed in your customized Strategic Tax Report, focusing upon your specific situation, needs and goals.

Business Valuation

The Business Valuation Services Group of CBS can provide you with accounting and compliance services as well as NACVA and ASA certified personnel preparing your Business Valuation and Business Value Map.

Exit Strategy Planning

Our Exit Strategy Planning Group takes a comprehensive approach to wealth management.  We provide a vast array of independent, non-proprietary product solutions tailored to the investment challenges presented by your unique estate, retirement and succession planning objectives and circumstances.

Tax Strategy Implementation

The Implementation Services Group at Corporate Business Solutions can assist in implementing tax-related strategies that have been recommended, should you and your professional advisers choose to avail yourselves of these services.

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Intellectual Property Law and Small Businesses

One of the areas Corporate Business Solutions provides expertise services in is intellectual property law. Particularly, how this body of laws applies to small businesses. Intellectual property law applies to all businesses regardless of the sector, product or enterprise. This is a fact small businesses are surprisingly unaware of.

Intellectual property law is composed of three main parts:

  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Trademarks

Most companies hold copyright, patent or trademark rights relating to the brand or the core business products. Small businesses, too, are affected. For example, say you run a small bakery somewhere. You come up with a new way to decorate cupcakes. Your business booms because of this invention. But then, a competitor steals your cupcake decorating technique. You can sue for damages as long as you have the technique patented.

If your small business fails to trademark a logo, call on copyright for content or get a patent for a new invention, then anyone is free to take your unique ideas and make money off it. You will never get a penny. CBS-CBS.com can help you file for intellectual property claims at any time as needed through our affiliation with a team of legal experts.

It’s sometimes difficult for companies to distinguish between the different types of intellectual property law. Here is a short breakdown to help you understand:

Copyright

Copyright is granted to works of one’s (or a business’s) own creations. Copyrighted property includes things like books, video productions or music recordings. If your small business creates anything at all, you can copyright it. In fact, you probably should.

Trademark

A trademark is a logo, a sign or a slogan that indicates a distinguishing feature about your business. Most companies are quick to trademark their logos. However, trademark law applies to all distinguishing features of your company. For example, the shape of a Coke bottle, the colors associated with a brand or a jingle associated with a company—these are all trademarks too.

Patents

Patents are possibly the least understood and most complex component of intellectual property law. Patents usually apply to new inventions. If you are about to design a new type of car, you can obtain a patent for it, which lets everyone know that the design is yours. Patents usually cover a way of doing business, but not the business ideas themselves.

To understand how intellectual property law applies to your company directly, give us a call or shoot an email.

About Corporate Business Solutions

Corporate Business Solutions LLC is a trusted resource for business owners. We bring about positive change for small to medium-size businesses in the United States through our knowledge, experience, technology and an unrivaled commitment to providing customer service. We take pride knowing that no other firm has a more qualified staff to provide you with business analytics, consulting and strategic tax planning projects.  The experts at Corporate Business Solutions strive to maintain the highest level of technical expertise through a broad spectrum of internal and external training and interactive client assignments.  For more information, visit http://www.cbs-cbs.com.

Tips for Writing in Business

Corporate Business Solutions helps business owners progress to the next level.  From interns to CEO’s, everyone in business is expected to write well. Although it’s common to overlook the importance of writing, everything from emails to proposals are critical in the workplace.

We have tips that may help you excel in writing in the New Year:

  1. Shorten it up – In business writing as in virtually every other kind of writing, concision matters. Ironically, as written information becomes more and more important to the smooth functioning of businesses, people are less and less willing to read. Increasingly, magazines and other outlets that used to run 2,000-word features are cutting back to 500-word sketches. Use words sparingly, cut out the florid prose, and avoid long, meandering sentences.
  2. Write once, check twice – Proofread immediately after you write, and then again hours later or, better yet, days later. Nothing is more embarrassing than a stupid typo in an otherwise fine document. It’s hardly fair – typos happen! – but people judge you for those mistakes anyway, and harshly. Except in the direct emergency, always give yourself time to set your writing aside and come back to it later. The brain is tricky and will ignore errors that it’s just made; some time working on something else will give you the detachment you need to catch those errors before anyone else reads them.
  3. Pay special attention to names, titles, and genders – If you’re not positive about the spelling of someone’s name, their job title (and what it means), or their gender, either a) check with someone who does know (like their assistant), or b) in the case of gender, use gender-neutral language.

To learn more about us and / or to schedule your appointment with the business experts at Corporate Business Solutions, call us today at 877-357-9366.

Tips to Better Deal with a Bad Boss

Corporate Business Solutions  is recognized for our using expertise, experience and education to access the information that is often necessary for growth in small and medium – size businesses.  We often see employees struggling with building work relationships with a “bad boss.”  If you fall into this category, we have tips that may help you succeed:

1.  Know their ‘Why’: Identify prime motivations. The better you understand what your boss does, and more importantly, why, the better positioned you are to deliver results, manage expectations, and avoid lose / lose situations.  Try to put yourself in their shoes and see the world, and your workplace, as they might.

2.  Support their success:  Work around their weaknesses. While it may sound counter intuitive to support a bad boss in becoming more successful, there is absolutely nothing to be gained by making him look bad, going to war or facilitating his (or her) failure.  If he is as bad as you think, he will likely do a pretty good job of that all by himself. Exposing his incompetence will only compound your own misery and may even damage your reputation. One way is to help your boss focus on his natural strengths. Another is to proactively work around his weaknesses.

3.  Take the high road: Your “Personal Brand” is riding on it. Never let your boss’s bad behavior be an excuse for your own. All too often, people start feeling entitled to slack off, take longer and longer lunches, lose interest or stop performing well because of their bad boss. Don’t do it. Keep your mind focused on top performance. Complain to your spouse or your friends all you want, but when in the office or workplace, stay upbeat and engaged. Actually handling a difficult boss well can really set you apart. You never know who is watching or listening but be assured, people who can open or close future opportunities for you are doing just that!

To learn more about us and / or to schedule your appointment with the business experts at Corporate Business Solutions, call us today at 877-357-9366.

Interesting Tips for Business Owners

The consultants at Corporate Business Solutions help the owners of small and medium – size businesses access the information necessary to surpass their goals.  As we now have entered a new year, we are looking at some interesting tips that are trending, especially for business owners:

  1. Go Tech Free – Our bodies are trained to respond to light and dark, which according to the National Sleep Foundation send us important signals, like the time of day. Those signals also aid our bodies in adjusting our circadian rhythms — that’s the handy 24-hour physiological cycle that helps us fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. All of that is pretty cool, until screens are added to the equation. Our brains recognize the brightness from phones, computer monitors, and even TVs as external light, which sends the signal that we should be awake. That’s why it’s harder for so many of us to fall asleep when we’re exposed to too much screen time at night.
  2. Keep Up With Google – Google likes to make changes to its algorithm often. But all of them are made to improve user experience, which is a good thing as it helps searchers discover the best content for what they’re seeking. This year, try to keep up with those changes. That doesn’t just mean staying on top of news about the latest changes. It also means keeping your content at the highest quality to make Google’s algorithm happy, which means more people will be able to find you.
  3. Expand Design Skills – Visual content is 40 times more likely to be shared on social media. Plus, when a relevant image is paired with information, people retain 55% more of that information after three days.  But quality visual content goes beyond a Google image search or stock photography. At the same time, however, not everyone has an ample design budget. For that reason, 2017 is the year for you to master some design skills. That will allow you to create the content yourself — or, if you do have a bigger budget, learn to better communicate with contractors and agencies that create it for you.

To learn more about what we can do for you and / or to schedule your appointment with the business experts at Corporate Business Solutions, call us today at 877-357-9366.

Advantages of Corporate Giving

Corporate Business Solutions helps business owners create a unique path to success.  Our experience, expertise and knowledge has given us the ability to help small and medium – size businesses access information needed for growth.

Many small business owners are interested in adding some form of charitable giving into their workplace. If you’re considering adding philanthropy into your business, here are a few benefits of corporate giving that reinforce why you should donate to charity:

  • Tax Deductions – One of the most immediate benefits to your business from supporting a charity is being able to get a charitable donation tax deduction. Donations that are generally tax-deductible include sponsorships of charities or events, donations of inventory or services and cash donations. In general, you can get deductions on charitable donations of up to 50 percent of your Adjusted Gross Income – but be sure to follow the rules closely to avoid any tax problems.
  • Employee Benefits – Getting your company involved with your community is great way to boost morale and keep your employees happy. Giving your employees time to participate in volunteer events during work hours is fun for the whole business.
  • Free Publicity – Sponsoring a charitable program and volunteering your business’ time are great ways to raise awareness about a specific cause and also promote your business in partnership with the organization or event. You can spread the word about the charitable event by posting on your social media platforms and your website.
  • Customer Support – Giving back to your community will help you build stronger relationships with your existing customers and gain new ones. Studies have shown that 85 percent of consumers have a better outlook on businesses that give to a charity that they care about. This means it would be valuable for you to do some market research to identify the most popular charitable causes in your area.

To learn more about us and / or to schedule your complimentary appointment with the business experts at Corporate Business Solutions, call us at 877-357-9366.

Simple Tips for Business Accounting

The business consultants at Corporate Business Solutions are renowned for helping small and medium- size businesses improve accounting departments; from implementing new accounting systems to streamlining accounting processes.

If you’re a small business owner looking to advance your current accounting department, here are tips that may help you:

  • Separate Business and Personal Expenses – Having a dedicated business bank account, including checking and a credit card, saves you precious man-hours when it’s time to tally up deductible expenses.

Accurately Record Deposits – Loans, revenue from sales and other cash receipts must be accurately recorded in your accounting system what is reconciled against bank accounts.

  • Understand When It Pays to Pay – Hiring a professional accountant can make a big difference. Your records will be up-to-date and orderly, and a pro is better equipped to know about IRS and your state reporting requirements.
  • Dedicate Time to Update Your Books – Block out weekly time in your calendar to get necessary paperwork in order and avoid letting receipts and invoiced receivables pile up.
  • Keep Tabs on Labor Costs – Paying employees, including yourself, may be your largest expense. Take note of overtime, perks and other benefits you offer to prevent over- or under-paying.
  • Expect Major Expenses – Computer upgrades, equipment replacement and tax deadlines shouldn’t come as a surprise. Larger capital expenses must be planned for well in advance of needed purchases so plan ahead to avoid a cash crunch.
  • Maintain Inventory Records – Avoid internal employee theft by developing a system that records dates purchased, stock numbers, purchase prices, dates sold and sale prices which is reconciled with inventory.
  • Follow Up on Invoices and Receivables – Just because you’ve sent an invoice doesn’t mean you’ll get paid. Avoid overpaying on taxes and hours spent sifting through your revenue account and receivables by having a system that accurately tracks those who owe you money. Accepting online payments creates another avenue for getting receivables paid and creates an convenient way for those owing you money to settle past debts when one of your administrative staff makes calls to obtain payment from an overdue account.  With an online payment system in place, your staff won’t have to accept a promise to “put a check in the mail” when they can execute an online transaction with the person owing you money right on the spot!

To learn more about us and / or to schedule your complimentary appointment with the business experts at Corporate Business Solutions, call us at 877-357-9366.

Ways to Improve Productivity in the Workplace

The business consultants at Corporate Business Solutions are industry leaders for helping small and medium- size businesses improve productivity.  If you are a business owner ready to expand, you may want to analyze the productivity levels at your business.

If you are a business professional looking to improve your workplace productivity, we have tips for you:

  1. Have a single purpose focus – One thing many successful business men and women have in common is the ability to focus on what matters most. One can derive a great deal of power from developing a laser focus on top business priorities.
  2. Block out distractions – Concentrate on concentrating. For those of us who don’t have the willpower to be self-accountable, there are several technology solutions for blocking out distractions. For example, Rescue Time is an application that runs in the background of your computer and measures how you spend your time so you can make better decisions. Get Concentrating is another useful tool that will help you focus on important tasks by temporarily blocking social media sites.
  3. Set a strict time limit on meetings. Being strict on the time allotted for single-topic, non-operational meetings often forces people to be brief, clear and to the point. This allows effective and more efficient work and lets you focus on high-value tasks.
  4. Group your interruptions – See how you can ask others on your team to group questions, requests and other non-urgent inquiries so you’re not distracted by interruptions that don’t add value.
  5. Set up email rules- Request that team members indicate when they need a response in all emails sent. Also analyze your email habits and institute time-saving policies that work for your particular situation.

To learn more about us and / or to schedule your complimentary appointment with the business experts at Corporate Business Solutions, call us at 877-357-9366.