Jessica Eaves Mathews

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Jessica Eaves Mathews is America’s Advocate for Women in Business™, business lawyer and leading authority on helping women entrepreneurs and women business owners step into their power and create a brilliant business and a brilliant life on their own terms. Jessica is a seasoned business lawyer, advisor and advocate for women business owners and women entrepreneurs. She is also a multi-passionate entrepreneur herself, having launched a number of successful ventures of her own throughout the past 15 years. Jessica has spent her legal career representing businesses and business owners, from solopreneurs, to mom and pop stores and restaurants, to professional service-providers, to Fortune 500 companies and some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. She was the head of litigation and compliance for Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. She has been there in every phase of the business life cycle from start-up on. Through her Business Brilliance™ brand, Jessica guides women entrepreneurs through the emotional and practical steps toward a rock solid business that empowers and liberates women to have a brilliant business and brilliant life on their own terms. Jessica has now launched an incredible new e-learning center for entrepreneurs, the Business Brilliance University™, where they can create a solid legal foundation for their business quickly, inexpensively and painlessly. Most importantly, anyone will be able to do it without the huge expense and inconvenience of having to hire a business lawyer. For more information, visit http://www.businessbrillianceuniversity.com Jessica’s professional activities include: · Expert blogger for StartupNation (www.startupnation.com) · Radio/podcast host on Entrepreneurial Podcast Network, Foundations for Business Brilliance. (http://epodcastnetworkd.com/category/legal-corner), · Adjunct faculty member for the Smart Women’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Learning (http://www.sherimcconnell.com/faculty), · An eLearning expert for MOMeo, the online community for mompreneurs (http://www.momeostore.com/index.html), · A business and start-up expert on the up-coming reality life makeover show for women on the Oxygen network, 180: Life and Style Makeovers, · Author of the soon-to-be-released book, Brilliant Business, Brilliant Life: A Woman’s Handbook to Having it All! (release date: August 2010). She also has a successful golf clothing line for women called Grace & Game Golf, www.graceandgame.com. In her free time, Jessica loves spending time in her Corrales, New Mexico home with her daughter, where they ride and show their Arabian and Quarter horses, play with their three, silly, large doggies, and enjoy the New Mexico sun. Jessica loves being a part of the Startup Nation community!
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Copyright dangers lurking in your staff’s work product

Did you know that you might have some serious intellectual property issues lurking in the work product your staff has created for you?  When I say "work product" I mean sales pages, brochures, website copy, logos, videos created for you, white papers, ebooks or even books!  The reality is that you might not even own...
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Ladies: Getting Your Legal Foundation in Place is Sexy!

This one is especially for the ladies, because I think this is an epidemic issue with us.  But men, you are warmly welcome here!  I hope everyone gets something from this post....read on! There are so many programs out there that talk about marketing, sales, Social Media, finding your bliss, etc....  All of these things...
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Is Your Website Putting Your Business At Risk?

I love the internet. It is a great leveling force, allowing small businesses to have the same presence at huge corporations. It allows start-ups to reach as wide an audience as multi-national companies. And these days, getting online and having a great looking, user-friendly website is as easy as saying 1-2-3. But before you launch...
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A North Face By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet….

I just came across a great blog post by a fellow attorney, J. Michael Hurst at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLLC. Apparently, 19-year old Jimmy Winkelmann created a company called The South Butt LLC, which was meant as a parody of The North Face. Here are the two logos at issue:   Apparently, Jimmy has...
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Kermit was wrong. It’s getting easy to be green….

As I said, I'll be sharing stories from the front lines of being not only a business lawyer, but also of a serial entrepreneur, and coach and advisor of entrepreneurs. My latest project is sending me into the forest of information about creating a sustainable business, working to minimize the carbon footprint of the operations...
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A Lawyer Comes Clean….

Hello.  My name is Jessica Eaves Mathews and I am a serial entrepreneur. There.  I said it. I am coming clean.  It is high time I admitted that not only do I love helping my law clients set up and run their own businesses, but I have a *fond* attachment to setting up my own...
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Shhhh!! Can you keep a secret? Protecting your business with an NDA.

What is an NDA? An NDA is a Non-Disclosure Agreement, also known as a Confidentiality Agreement. It is a contract between individuals and/or companies who are considering doing business together and need to share information about each other’s businesses in order to work together. The NDA creates a protective shield of confidentiality around the relationship,...
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Contract Terms, Part Two: Parties

"The common law doctrine of privity of contract means that a contract cannot (as a general rule), confer rights or impose obligations arising under it on any person except the parties to it." 2004 edition of Chitty on Contracts In my last post, I dealt with indemnification clauses.  This time, I want to deal with...
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Important Contract Terms, Part I: Indemnify this.

One of the mainstays of my practice is writing, or reviewing and revising, contracts for my clients. Often, I am revising contract terms written by my client or another business person, and so, understandably, key contract terms are often absent or inadequately drafted. This led me to think about what contract terms could be critical...
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Finding the Right Small Business Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer can be intimidating, confusing and overwhelming. How do you know who is good and who will be a good fit for your business? Unfortunately, there aren't really any central databases you can go to get reliable information about attorneys and their track records. But here are some ways to gather information about...
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All in the family?

Are you starting a business with a family member or a close friend? I know, I know. You are incredibly excited. You have a winning, million-dollar idea, and you are pursuing it with one of your favorite people. What could go wrong? Well, unfortunately, much can go wrong and sometimes it happens very quickly and...
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What the heck is an S-Corp??

“Sufferin’ succotash! What is the deal with that thing called an S-Corp and how do I get me one?” Yes, in my last blog I told you about the many benefits of an LLC and why most small businesses would benefit from them. But now comes an interesting comparison. The LLC v. the S-Corp. What...
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Don’t Expose Your Assets!

There you are. You just finished reading Rich and Jeff Sloan’s book and you are fired up! You have an idea that you are certain will make make the invention of those small yellow sticky notes look like small potatoes. Not only that, but you are so proud of yourself, because you have done exhaustive...