Member Since 2012
Bend Law Group, PC
San Francisco Bay Area
Doug Bend is the principal of Bend Law Group, PC, a law firm focused on start-up and small businesses. Raised in Omaha, Doug is a graduate of Drake University where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. After completing his undergraduate studies, Doug received his master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He later received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
This checklist is a good starting point for putting together a game plan for your company's name change.
Determining the amount of the valuation cap is more of an art than a science, but there are typically six key factors—let's take a look at them.
Creating a new business idea is exciting, and it can be even more thrilling when you have a business partner by your side. However, for a partnership to flourish, it’s important to discuss the day-to-day operations and long-term vision for the business right from the start.
Startups raising their first round of capital have to decide which type of investment vehicle to use.
When an entrepreneur brings on a business advisor, they often do so with the intention of gaining sound insight and advice—finding that “second opinion” that can help steer their business in the right direction. But, many times, an advisor turns into something more: a true mentor who can offer guidance, support, motivation and understanding when times get tough, as well as the advice needed to help get you back on your feet.
Most California LLCs that are small businesses never convert to a Delaware corporation for five reasons.
Several government agencies and vendors need to be updated, so you should make sure that the benefits of making the conversion outweigh the time and costs.
As a business leader, you'll have to say "no" a lot, whether it's to an employee, a client or a potentially lucrative business opportunity. However, it can be difficult for some leaders to decline a request and risk disappointing others.
You should consult with your attorney as your LLC might have different requirements, but this checklist is a good starting point for strategizing on how to change the legal name of your company.
Time management can be a challenge when you’re faced with work that’s piled up over a period of time. It can be overwhelming to look at a list of tasks and determine which are priorities and which can be temporarily moved to the side, causing some employees to stress or panic about where to even begin.
Newcomers to the world of business ownership may have a hard time navigating all the requirements and challenges of setting up their first company. If you’re just starting out, finding another founder who has been through it and can provide sound advice may be worthwhile. With industries evolving so quickly these days, though, it could be difficult to find someone who understands your target market very well.
A successful business sale takes careful planning and preparation, so make sure you're ready before you start negotiations.
Entrepreneurs can come from any background, any place and with any experience level. Yet because entrepreneurs task themselves with starting companies to develop solutions and generate value, it’s vital that they have a specific set of skills that help them get the job done. These skills are a necessary part of the entrepreneur’s tool belt.
18 entrepreneurs from YEC look at the main reasons why an organization should get insurance.
Some entrepreneurs who want to scale their companies and fast-track their growth hire a business coach to help them get there. These professionals often have years of business experience themselves and can help you take your business to new heights with their insights.
Small-business owners realize almost immediately how different their businesses are to run than large corporations. For success, a small business needs to adopt its own strategies that work with limited available resources. Entrepreneurs in this position need to make critical decisions about what approaches they'll take to elements of business growth and development.
Opt for gradual change and seek to align daily tasks with long-term goals.
Protect your small business and your customers.
If you’re a driven entrepreneur who also wants to make time for family, a home-based online side hustle may seem like a great idea. While this type of work offers more flexibility than a side business you have to run on-location, being at home doesn’t mean it’s easy to find balance.
Recognize these potential pitfalls and take proactive steps to avoid them.
No one likes to think about dying, but it is necessary for business owners to consider what will happen to the company after they're gone.
How should a company make decisions when it is equally owned by two or more founders?
Tax season might be behind you, but these changes and updates are always important to keep in mind.
Incorporating as a Benefit Corporation (aka B Corporation) is a relatively new option for founders committed to doing social good. Is it the right choice for you?
Buying into a franchise can be an excellent investment for some business owners, but do your due diligence before signing on the dotted line.
We are proud to be recognized as one of the top law firms in San Francisco. We help small business owners and startups launch their companies and serve as their outside general counsel so they can focus on successfully running their business. We act as a catalyst by providing our clients with exceptional resources to help their businesses grow. It is like having a good friend or family member advising your business.