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Entrepreneurial decisions and legal issues in early venture stages: Advice that shouldn't be ignored

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  • Marcum, Tanya M.
  • Blair, Eden S.

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Entrepreneurs make numerous business decisions each day, many of which have significant legal implications. Due to a lack of time and knowledge, however, these entrepreneurs too often make quick decisions regarding important matters--both current and future--based on a few primary factors, one of which is cost. Entrepreneurs appear to make decisions based on concrete, but frequently inappropriate, factors such as comparison of bottom-line dollar value or relatively small fees; in this scenario, short-term decisions are made that do not take into account intricate legal and strategic implications which may arise down the road. As such, we would suggest a different approach whereby entrepreneurs take the time to learn about and understand the implications of these decisions on long-term sustainability, liability protection, and growth potential. Herein, we discuss how using cost to compare and make decisions has an impact on three issues with legal implications that occur early in the start-up process, and which pose major implications for the entrepreneur if he or she does not deal with them properly. Toward this end, we propose some solutions to help prevent this from happening.

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  • Marcum, Tanya M. & Blair, Eden S., 2011. "Entrepreneurial decisions and legal issues in early venture stages: Advice that shouldn't be ignored," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 143-152, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:bushor:v:54:y::i:2:p:143-152
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