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How a cyberattack could upend your business

Do you think your business is too small to attract the attention of information thieves? Think again. Small and medium companies are routinely targeted by cybercriminals, often because they don't have the same emphasis on security and the same level of watchfulness that larger organizations do. They also often lack the resources that large companies have to prevent cyberattacks.

How common are cyberattacks?

Driving in winter: 3 tips to stay safe

Winter is a frosty time of year in Ohio. It's cold, icy and slick. There might be no snow when you walk into work and piles of it by the time you try to leave.

Thanks to the lake effect and other weather patterns, North Canton gets its share of bad weather. Unfortunately, most Ohioans still need to go to school or work. If you're heading to the Strip, Kent State Stark or Stark State, you may have to maneuver through heavy traffic and slick conditions.

Ohio business sues over name, right of operation

The owners of an East Palestine, Ohio, business have filed suit against a Lisbon business for basically stealing their own subsidiary out from under them.

According to the lawsuit filed by the owner-operators of O. T. Beight and Sons Inc., they purchased the Richardson Monument company in 2012. The day-to-day operations of the monument company were left in the hands of two long-time employees named Wayne and Carly Brock. The Brocks apparently also lived on the company's property.

Reassuring your employees during a buyout

For a small company, a buy-out can mean great things. It generally means that you've successfully made some inroads into the market or field.

But buyouts are also scary for employees. During the merger and acquisition process, you don't want to lose your best people or have them jump ship out of anxiety over the changes. Plus, all the stress associated with career anxiety can definitely cause productivity to drop.

How do you deal with the deceased's personal property?

Some estate plans go into careful detail about how every item in the estate is to be distributed -- but most do not. That can leave you, as the executor of the estate, with the job of figuring out who gets which of the deceased's personal possessions.

Where do you start? Here are some suggestions about what to do about the deceased's personal items:

Things to research when buying a business

You can launch a business with a great idea -- or you can see someone else's great idea and think, "I could do that even better." If that's the case, you may be thinking about buying another entrepreneur's existing business and turning it into your own.

Tread carefully. While there are plenty of reasons for a company's owner to sell, you need to approach the acquisition of any business very carefully to avoid getting a bad deal. Here are some tips you can use:

What happens if your child gets hurt on a playground?

When you kiss your kids and send them off to school in the morning, you assume that they will be coming home a little more tired but no worse for the wear of a long day at school. Unfortunately, for some children, the daily activities they enjoy at their school could leave them vulnerable to serious injuries.

Every year, more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 across the United States suffer serious injuries on playground equipment at their schools. Knowing a little bit more about those injuries can help you protect your child and take action if necessary after a playground accident.

How similar is 'too similar' for a trademark or logo?

Your trademark carries a lot of clout -- for good or bad -- with consumers. That's why it's always worth protecting -- and why so many companies will go to court in order to defend their trademark.

Take the case that's currently brewing between Ohio University and the website for Overtime Sports. Both want to lay claim to the use of a big "O" logo -- and they're taking the fight to court.

What talks do you need to have with the family about your estate?

A well-developed estate plan is the best way to preserve your assets, protect your future and shield your heirs from unnecessary taxes. Yet, it can be difficult for people to address some of the key conversations they need to have with their families as they go about their plans. Quite often, they aren't even sure where to start.

Here are the big things you need to discuss:

A mineral company is calling about the family land: What next?

If your first reaction after being contacted by an oil and gas company about developing the mineral rights on that old bit of family land is to celebrate, you can be forgiven. After all, who hasn't dreamed of finding a fortune on their property, Jed Clampett-style, at least once?

However, you need to pause, take a deep breath and protect yourself from making any costly mistakes. Remember that this may be a big financial deal for you, but the oil and gas company probably isn't stepping forward with its best offer just yet.

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