This guy is in Las Vegas, Nevada and is in desperate need of a foster home.
From a friend’s e-mail: ”This sweet scared boy is still at the Henderson shelter and some staff there have not been the most cooperative when people have brought their dogs to meet him. Seems to be some pitbull prejudice there! They have even taken him off their website although he is still there. And now they are saying he needs to go to a home where he’s the only dog even though he came in with a little Chihuahua friend. Sadly they don’t take into consideration the fear and stress this poor guy is feeling and how meeting another dog under those circumstances can cause him to act atypically.
His only hope now
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It takes a village to run a business. And by “village” I mean if you’re a business owner in Nevada, chances are you’ll run across the Secretary of State, the Department of Taxation, the IRS, and the city and county business license bureaus, among many others. Are you aware there are organizations like SCORE and the Small Business Development Center that offer free advice to businesses? To find and meet with all these organizations would take months if not years. Wouldn’t it be great if they were all gathered in one place, with representatives who are eager to answer your questions, to spare you the frustration of a never-ending phone tree? We thought so too.
Come to the Small Business Rapid Resourcing Event on Thursday, October 20 from 4-7pm at
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When you’re applying for a loan, opening a bank account, or doing business with a vendor, you’re
often asked whether your company is in good standing. Sometimes, you’ll receive a notice in the mail saying your entity is in default but the notice doesn’t exactly look official and you aren’t sure.
How can you find out whether your entity is in good standing?
Check the Secretary of State’s Business Entity Search. Enter your business name or your name as owner. What’s your status?
Active: You’re in good standing, all fees are paid.
Default: You haven’t paid your fees and your company has lost its corporate protection. By paying the fees, you can restore the entity to Active status.
Revoked: You haven’t paid the fees for a long time or
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PRESS RELEASE: On September 8, 2011, the Nevada Secretary of State revoked the corporate status of over 400 businesses whose registered agent, Power Point Management, Ltd., failed to respond to requests for information from the Secretary’s office. If you used Power Point Management as your registered agent, and your own address was not registered with the Secretary of State, chances are you never received notification that your business is no longer in good standing with the Secretary of State. This means that not only do you lack the protection of a corporate veil, but you may need to pay late fees or reinstatement fees.
To check on the status of your Nevada entity, enter your company name into the Secretary of State’s Business Entity Search.
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PRESS RELEASE: If you formed a Nevada entity as a shell corporation or in order to evade taxes, launder money, or violate securities laws, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller and his newly-appointed Corporate Ownership Fraud Task Force are coming for you. The Secretary’s office is working closely with the IRS to fight these fraudulent activities.
Not only should entity owners be aware of this new task force, but those incorporation services that upsell a simple LLC into multiple entities for “asset protection” purposes should rethink their sales strategies.
I recently met with one member of a two-member LLC with no operating agreement. We’ll call my client Jane and her partner Joe. Jane was concerned because Joe was engaging in activities that could jeopardize reimbursements the company receives from the government for the services it provides. Jane voiced these concerns and Joe promptly “erased” her from the company. He physically locked her out of the office, refused to return her mailbox key, removed her name from and access to the company’s bank account, and convinced most of the employees to sign an agreement prohibiting them from speaking with her. Without an operating agreement, nothing technically prevented Joe from doing all these things, even though Jane was an active member in the company. Luckily, Jane managed to get her
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Today the Nevada Secretary of State issued a press release warning companies about fraudulent solicitations from companies offering to update your entity and requesting filing fees. Because many of these solicitations include official forms downloaded from the Secretary of State website, they appear to be official, though they’re not. Often, by returning these forms with the requested payment, you will unknowingly change your registered agent and pay excess fees to do so.
If you have a Nevada entity and act as your own registered agent, the Secretary of State will notify you, by mail or by e-mail if you’ve requested it, when your licensing fees are due. You can even renew your entity and pay licensing fees online for most companies, which saves you both time
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The Nevada Secretary of State recently discovered that it’s losing tens of millions of dollars in license revenue because businesses have been improperly claiming the home-based business exemption from the state business license requirement.
Essentially, if you own and operate a home-based business that generates less than $27,000 a year, you can get out of paying the $200 annual state business license fee. Up until August 6, 2011, any business could claim the exemption without having to prove it really qualifies. Because businesses have been abusing the exemption, the Secretary of State no longer accepts applications for the exemption online. Now, if you qualify and want to apply for the exemption, you’ll have to complete and notarize a new form that verifies the business address and the
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When I hung out my shingle, I did it with little guidance. I’d taken a Law Practice Management class in school from a guy who hadn’t been a solo or small firm practitioner for decades and read two books. I made more than a few mistakes and would love to save you the error part of the “trial and error.”
I did this presentation for LexisNexis a month or two ago. There is no charge, nothing to buy, no obligation except to listen to my lame attempts at humor and wildly inappropriate references.
If it’s helpful to you, I’d love to hear your feedback. If you have anything to add for the benefit of others watching the video, please use the comments section to do so. If you have questions,
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“I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet.” – Carrie from Sex and the City.
Just like Carrie, you know the value of a good wardrobe. It’s an investment in yourself – a way to put your best high-heeled foot forward during the most important moments in life.
In this economy, for many women, that most
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