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Tips For Workplace Safety, COVID-19, and Dealing With Employee Pushback

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This post taps the collective experiences of Tricia Dunlap (business attorney and CEO of Dunlap Law PLC) and Brian Chandler (PR expert and CEO of Commonwealth Public Relations).  Tips For Workplace Safety, COVID-19, and Dealing With Employee Pushback Like every business owner, the first months of the pandemic rocked your foundation. Now, six months in, […]

LLC Minority Member

Part 3 11 Tips Before Becoming an LLC Minority Member

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By Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~4 minute read Part 3 – LLC Education Series:  The Perilous Position of LLC Minority Members  Limited liability companies are highly popular, very flexible business entities.  They are cheaply and easily formed which unfortunately creates the illusion that lawyers aren’t necessary.  Au contraire.  The truth is that LLC’s can be a nasty trap for […]

Fiduciary Duties

Part 5 3 Fiduciary Duties That Make Your LLC Safer

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By Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~2 minute read See more videos and blog posts Part 5 – LLC Education Series  Fiduciary Duties:  The Responsibilities You Never Knew You Had  Good faith and fair dealing.  Loyalty.  Care.  Sometimes these seem like quaint concepts.  A throwback to a kinder era.  In reality, they are implied responsibilities and “fiduciary duties” that can […]

LLC operating Agreements

Part 4 Hotel California: An LLC Operating Agreement Gone Wrong

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By Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~2 minute read Part 4 – LLC Education Series  Hotel California: You Can Checkout but You Can Never Leave Relatively early in my legal career, a new client arrived with a terrible dilemma.  About a decade earlier, he and his buddy decided to invest in real estate. His buddy contributed more money, so my client […]

Virginia Values Act

Virginia Values Act: What Not To Do for Virginia Employers

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Virginia Values Act: What Not To Do for Virginia Employers On July 1, 2020, the Virginia Values Act became effective across the Commonwealth and employee-employer relations in the Old Dominion will likely never be the same. We have produced two videos that summarize the provisions, here and here.  This blog is more granular.  If you’re an employer in Virginia, this is your new list […]

Data Collection

Be Smart(er) about Data Collection

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Tricia Dunlap, Esq. & Ben Nelson Ben Nelson is an experienced technologist at SingleStone Consulting who has provided custom application development and technical leadership for the public and private sectors.  He is a writer, podcaster, and presenter. ~4 minute read Be Smart(er) about Data Collection In recent years, many businesses have come to perceive data […]

SaaS Vendor Evaluation

SaaS Vendor Evaluation: 3 Criteria For Choosing Software Part 3

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~3-4 minute read SaaS Vendor Evaluation: 3 Criteria For Choosing Software This is part three of a three-part series on choosing software and what SaaS vendor is right for your business. In part one, I talked about principles around data privacy that your business should consider and […]

Security For SaaS Applications

5 Tips To Secure your Data: Security For SaaS Applications Part 2

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~3-4 minute read 5 Tips To Secure Your Data: Security For SaaS Applications Let’s talk about security for SaaS applications and its role in choosing a SaaS vendor. This is part two of a three part series on choosing a SaaS vendor because it’s fairly complicated. If […]

What is SaaS? Choosing a SaaS Vendor

What is SaaS and Why You Need To Be Careful: 4 Tips for Picking SaaS Vendors Part 1

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Subscribe to our YouTube channel Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~4 minute read What is SaaS and Why You Need To Be Careful: 4 Tips for Picking SaaS Vendors What is SaaS? Software as a Service is necessary for all modern businesses. It includes software such as G-Suite, MailChimp, SalesForce, and Microsoft products. But right now let’s […]

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5 Employee Discrimination Notes During COVID-19

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Tricia Dunlap, Esq. ~3-4 minute read 5 Employee Discrimination Notes During COVID-19 As a business owner, I imagine that you have worked long and hard to create a productive, inclusive, and empowering culture for your employees. It’s really important, as you come back to work after the COVID-19 crisis, that COVID-19 not disrupt or undermine […]

Treasury Department

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loans: 7 Terms Treasury Got Wrong and Why They Harm Small Businesses

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~9 minute read Tricia Dunlap, Esq.  On March 31, 2020, the Treasury Department issued guidance documents  to assist banks and business owners in accessing the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)(see my guide to the CARES Act). The SBA issued interim regulations on April 2nd. On March 31st, when I first read Treasury’s guidance, I […]

Coronavirus updates in Virginia & D.C.

Small Business Owner? Here’s Your Coronavirus Survival Guide.

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~5 minute read Tricia Dunlap, Esq. CIPP/US This post will see periodic updates as more resources and information become available. Sign up for alerts on updates. Every small business owner is struggling to navigate a very uncertain world right now.  We compiled and continually update this list of resources that can serve as the coronavirus […]

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Washington D.C. COVID-19 Emergency Legislation: Impact on Small Business

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~4 minute read COVID-19 Response Emergency Act On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Washington, D.C. City Council enacted the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This new legislation expanded unemployment compensation benefits, increased job-protected leave for D.C. workers, deferred sales tax payments, and created a micro-grant program to assist recovery for D.C.-based businesses and D.C. employees. […]

Smoke and Soul BBQ

Bill 10, Give 1 Entrepreneur Spotlight: Smoke & Soul BBQ & Catering

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Business Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Mario Harris is a passionate business owner and chef of Smoke & Soul BBQ & Catering, a soon-to-be-open business in Richmond, VA. Dunlap Law is proud to celebrate and serve small businesses and entrepreneurs like Mario with services through our Bill Ten, Give One program.  Can you tell me about Smoke […]

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Bill 10, Give 1 Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kareen Edwards, Just Kidding Event Childcare

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Kareen Edwards is a lifelong teacher with a Ph.D. in education from Virginia Commonwealth University and founder of Just Kidding Event Childcare, based in Richmond, VA. Dunlap Law is proud to celebrate and serve small businesses and entrepreneurs like Kareen with contract review services through our Bill Ten, Give One program.   What inspired you […]

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Contract Review Lawyer

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) As a business owner, you sign contracts every day. How many times have you thought, “maybe I should have this contract reviewed by a lawyer?” When it comes to important legal documents, hiring a contract review lawyer is money well spent. Consider the costly (and sometimes catastrophic) mistakes that often result when business owners agree to a […]

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RVA Entrepreneur Spotlight: “Santa” Bob Saintsing

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. His name is Santa Bob Saintsing and he’s the official Santa for the City of Richmond. From the Tobacco Company to the 17th Street Market, Santa Bob Saintsing is making his rounds. But last year, things weren’t so cheery when grinchy competitors threatened his business, A Santa for […]

4 Steps to Prepare for the CCPA

Prepare for the CCPA: A 4-Step Plan for Virginia Businesses

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By Tricia Dunlap (Esq. & CIPP/US) and Tess Lynch (J.D. 2019 & CIPP/US) Start with these four steps to prepare for the CCPA and ensure your Virginia Business is in compliance. If you’ve read our last blog, you know the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) could impact your business, even if you’re not based in California. Enforcement begins July 1, 2020, […]

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Bill 10, Give 1 Entrepreneur Spotlight: Paula Horne, River City Flame

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Paula Horne is an Army veteran and founder of River City Flame Sauces & Rubs, based in Richmond, VA. Dunlap Law is proud to celebrate and serve small businesses and entrepreneurs like Paula with trademark services through our Bill Ten, Give One program.   What inspired you to create your delicious River City Flame hot […]

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Announcing Bill Ten, Give One: Our Pro Bono Program to Serve Richmond’s Entrepreneurs

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As founding principal of Dunlap Law, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Bill Ten, Give One. It is our innovative new program that grants pro bono legal services to entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds. Therefore, every ten hours Dunlap Law bills to its clients, we will give away one hour of legal counsel to a hopeful, bootstrapping business owner nurtured […]

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Dunlap Law Joins VEDP In Support of Virginia’s International Trade Development

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Is your Virginia business ready to develop international trade? According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), 60% of small to midsized companies do business in more than six countries. There’s a world of opportunity for small business exports. VEDP programs and trade partners like Dunlap Law can help you develop an international market for […]

What is an LLC Operating Agreement

Part 2 An LLC Operating Agreement –  Essential to Success

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Tricia Dunlap Esq. ~4 minute read If your small business is structured as a limited liability company (LLC), then the cornerstone of your success is a well-written and signed operating agreement (OA). Single member LLCs are no exception. This post is #2 in our LLC Education Series:  What Exactly IS a LLC, Anyway?  Operating Agreements – Essential to […]