SMALL-BUSINESS DIARY
Legal group sets online referrals

Sunday, June 28, 1998


For new business owners seeking a legal guide, the American Bar Association is offering a free referral service by way of the Internet, on its Web site at http://www.abanet.org/referral/.

The program, called Lawyer Referral, is a public service of the bar that helps pinpoint a lawyer qualified to deal with home-business issues. To consider: determining the legal entity of the business (S corporation, limited liability, partnership, etc.); zoning laws; contracts; and the availability of a chosen company name. When calling the referral program, a staff member will listen to your questions and suggest a lawyer to meet your needs. When referred to a lawyer through the service, the user is entitled to a half-hour initial consultation that is free or at a nominal fee.

Sessions for young entrepreneurs slated

KidsWay Inc., a Chamblee, Ga.-based company that helps young entrepreneurs start their own businesses, is accepting students for its summer KidsWay - Edge Young Entrepreneurship programs in Chicago.

The camps help kids learn the language of business as they participate in hands-on programs involving entrepreneurship, career and business. Two five-day programs will take place July 20-24 and Aug. 10-14.

Camps are available for two age groups -- from 11 to 13 and from 14 to 18. Admission is $595, though those who register and pay in full 30 days in advance get a $100 deduction.

For information, call 1-888-KidsWay.

Business failures increase in Ohio

The number of businesses that failed in Ohio rose by almost 24 percent in 1997, an annual analysis reports.

The 1997 preliminary Business Failure Record, by Dun & Bradstreet Corp., shows that 2,823 Ohio businesses failed last year, about 83 for every 10,000 listed. In 1996, 2,280 failed, about 68 for every 10,000.

By contrast, business failures in Kentucky declined -- to 568 in 1997 from 642 in 1996.

Two Ohio firms on comeback list

A couple of Ohio companies have made Success magazine's Phoenix 50 list -- a roster of entrepreneurs who have crashed but come back stronger.

They are Susan Bishop of Bishop Interactive Group, a doll-manufacturing company in Cleveland (No. 4); and James Bonk of Camelot Music retail chain in North Canton (No. 5).

Business bookshelf

How to Get Customers to Call, Buy and Beg for More, by Kenneth J. Varga (World Wide Publishing and Trading, LLC; $49.96). Marketing and sales for entrepreneurs, including common marketing mistakes, tapping into universal needs and positioning product.

-- Lisa Biank Fasig



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