News You Can Use From Your SBDC
February 2013
Employment Law Update

Are you interested in learning about how Obamacare is affecting your business today? How about the hiring of illegal aliens, when you must treat a contactor as an employee (the most litigated employment issue today); what questions you can and cannot ask during an interview; whether or not you can Google a prospective employee or check them out on Facebook? Termination or post-termination issues; compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act?


If you do not have a full-time Human Resource professional on your staff, attending this brief overview from a national authority on employment law is a must! Save the date...Wednesday, May 22, 2013. 

Houston Economy At a Glance
2012 marked the 3rd consecutive year in which Houston led the state in job growth.  For more information on the Houston economy  - click here.

Selling a business in 2013.  

Dan Elliot of Sunbelt Business Sales & Acquisitions gives a wrap-up of 2012 and what to look for during 2013. Also included is a link to a free, confidential Sellability Score Survey. For more information click here.

February 2013 Tax Information
From Karlins & Ramey, CPA

Certified Public Accountant


The CPA firm of Karlins and Ramey provides a vareity of useful topics this month.  For more information click here.
Texas Franchise Tax


The Texas franchise tax is frequently discussed and also mis-understood.  For more information click here.


Growth Wheel

LSCS SBDC business advisors were recently certified in the use of GrowthWheel®, a unique and interactive approach to helping entrepreneurs focus on what's important at each phase of the development of their business. For more information click here.

Starting a Business on a Shoestring

Perhaps the biggest challenge to starting a new business is finding adequate capital to fund it. One way to address that problem is to reduce the amount of capital you need by starting as small as possible - that is, "on a shoestring". You may envision yourself running a large enterprise, but the best way to get there may well be to grow your way into it, rather than trying to start out big. If you're frugal enough, you may even be able to start your business without the need for any outside capital at all.  An article by Jan Koenig, LSC-SBDC Business Advisor.  click here.

Business Success Seminars

LSC-SBDC Business Advisor Karen Cavallaro is facilitating, free, 1 hour Business Success Seminars at LSC-CyFair and LSC-Tomball focused on specific aspects of running a business. For times and dates click here
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In This Issue
Employment Law Workshop
Houston Economy
Selling a business
2013 Tax Information
Franchise tax
Growth Wheel
Starting a Business on a Shoestring
Business Success Seminars
Upcoming Training
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Lone Star College-North Harris
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Lone Star College-Kingwood
Steve Hamilton
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Lone Star College-Cyfair and Magnolia
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