Does Your Business Structure Protect You?

There are a surprising number of small businesses and startups who never file as a specific type of business structure. While it’s perfectly fine to run as a sole proprietorship or partnership, you should at least know what that means from a legal perspective.

If you’re a sole proprietor or a partner, your personal assets may be subject to risk. In the off chance that you are ever sued or if you file bankruptcy, your assets (home, car, other real estate) can be taken as payment. On the other hand, filing as a corporation or LLC protects your personal side.

Corporations have their own sets of benefits. There are tax deductions you wouldn’t otherwise qualify for, and the corporation acts as its own entity, so you file business taxes rather than reporting its income on your personal taxes. But there are a lot of hoops to jump through. You need a Board of Directors and have to file Board minutes several times a year. Read More

Sales and Marketing People On The Move – 8/22/2012

SGN recently welcomed Ruairi McGuckin as the company’s Vice President of Marketing.  He was previously with Jesta Digital, where he served as the vice president of digital marketing. McGuckin will contribute to the team about 10 years of experience in working on mobile content marketing and user-acquisition experience. There’s more about his appointment on this news link.

Carlos J. Velez was recently designated as the new Kansas City Southern vice president business solutions and marketing. He was formerly part of APL Latin America where he served as their vice president and managing director. Velez will contribute to the team his over three decades of experience in the field of transportation. There’s more about his appointment on this news link.

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Consensus Point Gains New Funding with Series B Investments

Consensus Point recently announced some good news – they have been on the receiving end of their Series B funding from a group of enthusiastic investors. This round of investment was led by NEST-TN, LLC, and was also participated in by the new investor, Golden Seeds.

Other companies that took part in their most recent financing include DLA Piper Venture Funds as well as the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC) INCITE Co-Investment Fund.

The company’s CEO, Linda Rebrovick, shares more about Consensus Point and this recent funding round, in this e-interview with Lead411:

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Sales and Marketing People On The Move – 7/24/2012

Emanuel V. Lauria was recently designated by Crawford & Company as their new executive vice president of sales and marketing. He was formerly Chairman of Wells Fargo Risk Management Solutions. Lauria had also worked with Marsh Inc. in the past. There’s more about his appointment on this news link.

Netflix recently named Kelly Bennett as the company’s new chief marketing officer. He is a veteran in the business, and had spent nine years working with Warner Bros. Bennett worked on campaigns internationally for movies like Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, as well as the Dark Knight Rises. There’s more about his appointment on this news link.

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Sales and Marketing People On The Move – 5/25/2012

Strategic Equipment and Supply Corporation recently announced the hiring of Rich Schuttenhelm as the company’s new senior vice president of sales. He was formerly part of CROSSMARK Company where he served as their vice president and managing director. Schuttenhelm will contribute to the team his comprehensive experience in the field of consumer goods spanning two decades. There’s more about his appointment on this news link.

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