Check out Nellie Akalp’s responses to some great viewer questions sent in for our Expert Panel.

1. What is the #1 thing someone should know before starting a business?

Nellie: “Make sure your business name is available for use as a domain and as a viable business name and no one else is using it. has a FREE Business Name search tool that you can use to see if your business name is available. Here is also a post I wrote all about choosing the correct business name.” Click here

2. If someone is using my logo and it’s trademarked how should I take action?

Nellie: “You can first start by sending the other party a cease and desist letter to see if they will stop using the mark. If they do not, then you can file an action for trademark infringement by retaining an attorney as long as the elements of infringement are met on your end and they are using the logo under the same class of goods and services and there is a likelihood of confusion cause by them using your logo mark.”

3. If you have a website can you copyright or trademark it from someone copying it or stealing your idea?

Nellie: “Written words on a website and content on a website to be protected require for copyright registration.”

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