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The Creative Industries in Orange County As seen in the December 2016/January 2017 edition of Business Watch (The Orange County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter). When you mention the arts, people naturally think of paintings, galleries, concerts and theaters. Orange County has these, but there is more. Arts are part of what economists call the Creative Industries which…

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Planning for Business Succession and Exit Congratulations on successfully building and growing your business. The odds were against you surviving more than 5 years[1], but you beat the odds. Have your thoughts now turned to retirement? Or cashing out? Planning for business succession and exit successfully will require as much planning as growing it. Business…

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Should you register your brand as a trademark? If you own a business, you have worked hard to stand out from the crowd and portray your products or services as unique and high quality. From a marketing perspective, your brand is the symbol of your business and the way you are recognized in the marketplace….

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New York Film Production Tax Credit Expanded to Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Green, Sullivan and Delaware Counties Film production brings many economic benefits to the locations where it occurs. Hotel rooms get booked, restaurants and caterers get business, drivers, carpenters and electricians get work, and that does not include all the specifically film-oriented jobs including actors,…

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Facing Foreclosure Without Freaking Out   If you are facing mortgage foreclosure, you do have options.  There are two sides to foreclosure defense – the procedural track before the Court and the dealings with the lender on workout options.  Here, we are focusing on the workout options, but a borrower should note that there are…

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Nonprofit Contributions:  Aiming at Dark Money, but Hitting Nonprofits Governor Cuomo has just signed into law a measure intended to shine light on so-called “dark money” contributions to political candidates by some nonprofit organizations. The law was immediately criticized by a wide array of nonprofit and other groups as both overbroad and inadequate. The law…

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Someone’s In the Kitchen Cooking shows on TV like Chopped, Iron Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen are all the rage. Everyone seems to want to be a chef. Here in the Hudson Valley we are blessed to have the Culinary Institute of America, which turns out truly talented chefs every year. Many of these choose to…

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ZOOM IS TOO FAST The glossy advertisements and promotion for using Legal Zoom evidence that going too fast isn’t the best choice. Going the cheapest is also dangerous. Establishing an entity for a new business is much more than filing forms. There are many important decisions that should be part of any business entity formation….

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REGISTER TO VOTE.  You Know You Want To. The word “disaster” has been used to describe the New York primary election that was held in April.  Many people who wished to vote in the primary did not register in time to do so.  Here is the basic information you should know in order to avoid…

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For those of you with children in college, or getting close to it, there are some interesting recent changes to the rules concerning 529 savings plans. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings vehicle for college or other higher education. Contributions to the plan are invested in a variety of stocks and bonds in order…

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