Shelly Garcia

Shelly Garcia is a veteran journalist and marketing professional who has worked with small- and mid-sized business owners for more than 25 years. As a journalist she had a front-row seat to the skills and strategies that successful business owners employ as well as the challenges they face. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Business Journal and Adweek magazine, among others.


Articles By Shelly Garcia

Commercial Lease Negotiation: Letter of Intent to Rent
Learn how to use a letter of intent to pave the way for negotiating your commercial lease.
How to Get a Tax Clearance Certificate
Many states hold the buyer of a business responsible for the seller’s unpaid taxes. Be certain you are protected from a surprise tax bill that can bump up your purchase price considerably by obtaining a tax clearance certificate.
LLC Name Search
Learn how to conduct a business name search in your state.
Business Acquisitions: Asset or Stock Sale
Learn the many reasons to use an asset sale or stock sale when acquiring a business.
How Long Should You Keep Business Records?
A potential IRS audit is just one reason to know how long to keep your business documents. There are many others.
How to Draft a Service Agreement
When you provide a service like consulting or graphic design, it’s a good idea to have a service agreement in place.
How to Collect and Report Sales Tax for Your Small Business
If you sell goods or some services you probably need to collect sales tax, and the rules for each state differ.
When Is Advertising Right for Your Business?
If sales have been sluggish, if you are thinking of taking your business to the next level, or if you feel as though competitors are leaving you in the dust, it might be time to consider investing in advertising.
Managing Your Business's Online Reviews
Learn all you need to know about promoting a positive online presence and how to handle negative reviews.
Foreign Limited Liability Company
Make sure you understand the rules about when you need to register your LLC in another state.