Celebrate Earth Day with Mycorp’s Best Posts on Benefit Corporations!

Happy Earth Day everyone! This year marks the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and we’ve all made a lot of progress towards becoming more environmentally friendly. In fact, according to Reader’s Digest, 1 out of every 3.3 Americans considers themselves environmentally conscious, and 1 out of every 2.3 Americans recycle. Benefit Corporation Though some have considered the environmental movement to be just a fad, it is clear that many more of us are concerned with the impact we have on the environment.

With the arrival and recognition of Benefit Corporations, even corporate law is changing to accommodate our growing environmental and social consciousness! Benefit Corporations are for-profit companies that wish to pursue a social and environmental mission, even if that mission cuts into their profit. We here at MyCorp are huge fans of B-Corporations, and to celebrate Earth Day we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some of our blog’s most interesting, and informative, Benefit Corporation-related posts.

  • Never heard of a Benefit Corporation? MyCorp released a handy infographic to help explain the background of Benefit Corporations, and why they are such an important new entity.
  • If you’re looking for creative ways to further your environmental mission, our guest blogger Kristina Jackson was kind enough to give us her 7 tips on how to further your green agenda through social media.
  • Trying to figure out if your business can go green? Check out this post by guest writer Clint Robertson on the 6 unlikely industries entrepreneurs can go green in!
  • If a Benefit Corporation sounds like something you are interested in, we can help get you get it set up and running. Our CEO Deborah Sweeney even wrote a post on how to run a Benefit Corporation!
  • Even if you’re not ready to commit to running a Benefit Corporation, you can still work to do your part and reduce your impact on the environment. Our guest blogger Kandace Heller recommended six ways you can reduce your business’s waste.

Have any questions about Benefit Corporations? Thinking about forming your own? Leave a comment below, or give us a call at 1-877-692-6772, and we’ll be happy to help you out!

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Top 10 April Fools’ Office Pranks

Top 10 April Fools' Office PranksHappy April Fools’ Day! Today, offices and coworkers everywhere will be pranking each other by blowing air horns into cubicles, filling the supply cabinet with balloons and hiding the actual supplies, and taking off all the keys on keyboards and rearranging them. Here at MyCorp, we love a good joke and turned to our panel of small business pros to see what their all-time favorite prank pulled was – here are our top 10 favorites!

1. “We did ours a bit early to the staff and will do it to the general public on April Fools’ Day. I work at The Zebra – we created a press release that said left handed drivers are safer. The tech team really got the sales team when they added (internally only) a page that showed when people claim to be left handed their insurance dropped by more than 20% in some cases. We had a meeting, showed the new page and the press release. We even did some training… Hook, line and sinker.”

- Jason Jepson, The Zebra

2. “Since ‘taxidermy’ is similar to ‘tax accounting’ I decided to turn our reception area into a taxidermy shop. We located some stuffed animals that were slightly realistic. My favorite was a blow-up rubber moose head we hung on the wall. Outside we changed our sign from Tax-masters, Inc. to Taxidermy. Oh my goodness. When folks showed up for their appointments, it was hilarious! Some were old established clients who had been coming to our location for 20 years. Needless to say, they were confused. Others were brand new clients coming for their very first appointment so they were sure they had the wrong address.”

- Linda de Marlor, President, Tax-Masters, Inc.

3. “I was working in upstate New York. Our functional manager was well loved by everyone. He genuinely cared about all of us that worked for him. I well remember when a few of his employees turned his entire office into a camp. They took everything out of his office, put up a large tent and put his furniture back inside the tent. Our boss worked from within his tent all day, fully equipped with desk, chairs, lights, and even a toilet set up in the corner. His visitors that day were ‘impressed,’ not so much with their surroundings, but certainly by his staff’s creativity. I never did find out who did that, but it was really funny. The following day, his office was back to normal. I’m sure a couple of the guys were pretty tired after two non-sleeping nights.”

- Diane Piper, President, BORSAbag LLC

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MyCorp’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

2013 was a great year for MyCorp, and easily the best year our blog has had yet. Did you know that, so far this year, we published 308 posts? 308! We’ve always been very proud of our little business blog, and are extremely grateful to everyone out there who has taken the time to click over and read our posts and become regular readers at our site. Since we had such a productive blogging year, we thought it would be fun to look back and pick out a few of our favorite posts from 2013 – here are our top ten:

Top Ten Posts

10. Starting a Business in 2013: An Infographic
Back in June we thought it would be a good idea to take some of the more frequently asked questions we get and spin them into an infographic. Starting a business can be a very confusing process, and we wanted to make our guide as easy to understand as possible. We pared the process down to six steps, and put out a very well-received infographic to help out our readers.

9. Tax Tips for America’s Entrepreneurs
This post was actually written by our friend David Nilssen, the CEO & Co-founder of Guidant Financial. We’ve done a few cross-posts with David, but this one stands out because of how useful it is. Tax season is stressful, but by following David’s advice, it can actually be a straightforward, productive time. You just have to know how to prepare!

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16 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Business Owners in 2014

16 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Business Owners in 2014Whether you’re a seasoned business owner with years of experience under your belt or an aspiring entrepreneur making your way across a sometimes treacherous landscape, it is always good to know you’re not alone. And one way that you can find that commonality with others is through inspirational quotes.

Quotes have the power to encourage us, to get us through the rough patches and celebrate those hard-won successes! So with 2014 right around the corner, I have gathered some tidbits of knowledge and encouragement from a wide range of leaders, visionaries and people who through perseverance and unwavering vision became a success.

1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

2. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” – Mark Twain

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My Business Resolutions for 2014

My Business Resolutions for 20142013 was a great year for Guidant. We celebrated our tenth anniversary, launched a new website and helped hundreds of people realize their business ownership dreams. As the year comes to a close it’s tempting to mentally check out and enjoy the social parts of the season. But I’ve found that the quieter time that comes with people being on vacation is perfect for doing some deep thinking about want I want to accomplish in the coming year. Here are my resolutions for 2014:

1. Provide even greater value to our clients through education.

Knowledge is power, and when people have the facts about the different ways they can become business owners, they are empowered to choose what’s right for them. Our new website has a section called “Study Hall” devoted to educating would-be business owners.

2. Raise the awareness of Rollovers as Business Startups (ROBS).

The greatest challenge of our business is that potential business owners have either never heard of ROBS, or, because of its complexity make the faulty assumption that there is something quasi-legal about it. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Throwback Thursday: A Look at MyCorp’s Early Website Designs!

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MyCorporation is now into its fifteenth year of business – 15 wonderful years of helping entrepreneurs to create their own small business and get it started on the right foot! We were one of the first, online document filing services, and the … Continue reading

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It’s Not About “Surviving” As a Working Woman But Keeping a Great Attitude

My mom and me!

One of my earliest and strongest memories from when I was a little girl was watching and getting ready for the day every morning with my mom. Mom got ready for her work day while simultaneously making breakfast and helping me get ready for school. My mother ran the Anesthesia Laboratory at UCLA and it was a job that took up a lot of her time. Despite the constant hubbub at the hospital she dealt with, I also have vivid memories of her still attending each one of my cheerleading games and of her picking me up after school every day, without fail. Even later in life, when I had my own kids, she graciously watched them one day a week for me up until she retired – and now she’s at least two days per week!

All throughout my childhood and young adult life, there was no other option in my mind to be when I grew up than a hard-working career woman. My mom taught me from a very young age how to be strong in the workplace as well as in every other facet of my life.
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Notice anything different?

We hope so!  Our tech and web design teams have been working around the clock to re-design our website, and we think they did an awesome job.

Cats are always relevant.

Plus, along with the facelift, we’ve added all sorts of new content to our learning center, new videos, new landing pages, and more information about the most popular types of business filings to help everyone, whether they are simply looking to file for a DBA or they want to take the steps to incorporate their business, make an informed decision.

In the words of our CEO Deborah Sweeney, it’s an awesome day in the land of MyCorp.

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Three Awesome Perks from Big Time CEO’s

What is the coolest thing your manager or CEO has ever given you? A free lunch? The chance to work at home? Free samples of whatever your company produces?

Whatever it is, it probably pales in comparison to some of the things big name CEO’s are handing out to their employees these days. Of course we could have found a lot more than three examples of CEO’s being generous – there are plenty of stories out there about bosses divvying up their holiday bonuses, or taking a pay cut to help out with things get tough. But these were the three that had our social media department buzzing, and we thought’d it would be pretty cool to look at the perks being given out in the corporate world. Continue reading

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