Terms of Service

SmallBizCentral Terms of Service

This Terms of Service Agreement (the “Agreement”) is by and between SmallBizCentral.net and the person acknowledging this agreement. By using the content and/or services presented on this website, the user is acknowledging his/her acceptance of the terms stated in this Agreement. This Agreement covers both member and non-member use of the SmallBizCentral.net site, including any content or services accessible through such site. SmallBizCentral.net may change the Terms of Service from time to time. By continuing to use the Service following such modifications, you agree to be bound by such modifications to the Terms of Service. The use by you of any content or services accessible through this site may be subject to your acceptance of separate agreements with SmallBizCentral.net or third parties.

General Terms and Conditions

You acknowledge and agree that use of any content or service provided through this site is entirely at your own risk. Services and content are provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, and SmallBizCentral.net and its suppliers disclaim any and all warranties, including, but not limited to: (1) any warranties concerning access to the service, the availability, accuracy, usefulness of content, products or services and (2) any warranties of title, warranty of non-infringement, warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. SmallBizCentral.net does not warrant that the service will be free of downtime. In fact, it is expected that there will be periods when the web site will be inaccessible due to maintenance or technical problems. SmallBizCentral.net does not warrant that the service is free from bugs, viruses, errors, or other program limitations nor does SmallBizCentral.net warrant access to the Internet or to any other service or content through the service. The entire liability of SmallBizCentral.net and its representatives (as defined below) for any reason shall be limited to the amount paid by the customer/member for the related services or content purchased from SmallBizCentral.net, its authorized reseller or its service providers. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, SmallBizCentral.net and its affiliates, licensors, third-party content or service providers, distributors, dealers or suppliers (“representative”) are not liable for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to: damages for loss of business, loss of profits or investment, or the like), whether based on breach of contract, breach of warranty, tort (including negligence), product liability or otherwise, even if SmallBizCentral.net or its representatives have been advised of the possibility of such damages, and even if a remedy set forth herein is found to have failed its essential purpose. Some states do not allow the limitation and/or exclusion or liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. The limitations of damages set forth above are fundamental elements of the bargain between SmallBizCentral.net and you. SmallBizCentral.net would not be able to provide its content and services to you without such limitations. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the service or content, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the service and its related web sites.

Ask Your Question

SmallBizCentral.net provides a mechanism for its members to ask questions related to business matters of the type that would typically be asked of a business consultant. SmallBizCentral.net, through its employees, business partners and a network of consultants responds to those questions posed by members. SmallBizCentral.net has a stated objective to respond to each question within one business day, however, there is no assurance or warranty that every question can or will be answered within that time frame.

The scope of the “Ask The Experts” service is generally limited to responses that can be provided by a consultant with no more than one hour’s research into the specific subject matter. It is not the intent of this service to provide in-depth research. Instead, the service is intended to provide a sounding board, feedback on ideas and suggestions on finding solutions. Our consultants often do limited amounts of research in order to respond to specific questions, however, there is no promise that we will research any particular question that we determine, in our sole discretion, to be beyond the scope of this service.

SmallBizCentral.net does not provide legal advice or other advice that can only be provided by licensed professionals. When members ask questions that request such advice, our consultants will often provide suggestions for reading material (either online or traditional) that will assist the member in better understanding the subject matter. Such suggestions or referrals to other web sites are not to be considered as legal advice. Legal matters should be referred to a competent attorney.

SmallBizCentral.net exists to assist its members with running and growing their small businesses. SmallBizCentral.net reserves the right to screen out and reject questions that are, in our sole discretion, not related to running and growing a small business. Questions that are related to personal rather than business activities or that are related purely to large company or government matters may be returned unanswered.

SmallBizCentral.net reserves the right to limit the number of times that it will respond to the same question from a member. The limitation shall be based upon a standard of reasonableness that is determined by SmallBizCentral.net in its sole discretion.

Members who ask questions do so with the understanding that responses are provided based on the knowledge and experience of the consultant answering the question. Many responses reflect the opinions of the responding consultant. Many questions have no clear and obvious answer and any response will, of necessity, be based on the judgment and opinion of the consultant making the response. Many questions are also subject to misinterpretation. Our consultants have neither the opportunity nor the ability to determine and review all of the relevant facts. Therefore, SmallBizCentral.net cannot and does not warrant that its answers are “correct”. In fact, SmallBizCentral.net acknowledges that its responses may contain errors or may misinterpret the question that was asked. There is a further risk that reference materials to which we refer a member relative to a particular subject matter may contain inaccurate or even offensive material. This is particularly true when web sites to which we refer members contain other links to other web sites, which we have not researched and cannot research. The member asking the question bears responsibility for assessing the validity and applicability of the response before using the information provided in the response.

Our goal is to acquaint the user with as much information as is available to us at what we determine, in our sole discretion, to be a reasonable cost. We work with the information to present it in a manner that will be usable by the typical small business.

Responses from the SmallBizCentral.net resource center carry the following disclaimer:

By using this service you agree that in consideration of SmallBizCentral.net’s furnishing management or technical assistance that you waive all claims against SmallBizCentral.net, its personnel or business partners arising from this assistance. The above information is provided as assistance based on information, which you have provided to SmallBizCentral.net. SmallBizCentral.net has not undertaken to confirm the accuracy of such information nor perform thorough investigation in providing a response. You should not rely on this response as authoritative in making business decisions; this service is not a substitute for counsel with respect to specific matters of law, tax, investment, or other disciplines where review of the facts, circumstances and relevant rules could and should be undertaken.

SmallBizCentral.net attempts to provide meaningful assistance, but the information provided in its responses may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. SmallBizCentral.net’s assistance is provided without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. In no event shall SmallBizCentral.net be liable for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, under any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of information provided by way of this assistance program..

Featured Member

Members who wish to have their business featured on the SmallBizCentral.net site can submit the required materials via e-mail following the instructions listed in the “Featured Member” section. The decision as to which businesses will be featured and the length of time that a business will be featured is left to the sole discretion of SmallBizCentral.net.

Legal Forms and Documents

The SmallBizCentral.net web site provides access to legal forms and documents through its business partners. Use of these forms and documents is not a substitute for legal advice. The information provided is intended for use within the United States and Canada only.

Effort is made to keep the information on these sites accurate and up to date. However, there can be no guarantee that all the information on the sites is completely current or suitable for any particular legal situation. The law will vary depending on your jurisdiction and the specifics of your case. Because the law is a personal matter, the general information we provide cannot fit every circumstance. You are directed to consult a licensed lawyer in your area to get specific advice for your problem. Nothing on these websites should be considered legal advice.

No attorney-client or other professional relationship of any nature is created by participation in any area or offering at these sites. Do not act on or rely on any information from these sites without consulting with a licensed attorney, as this material is not a substitute for obtaining appropriate legal advice from competent, independent legal counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.

Business Coaching and Business Courses

SmallBizCentral.net offers video based Business Coaching and Business Courses that consist of short segments on focused topics relevant to small business owners. The sessions are intended to stimulate thought and encourage business owners to ask questions that lead to positive change. The presenters are speaking based on their own unique viewpoint, based on their knowledge and experience. There is no assurance that a particular coaching session will provide information that is useful to every SmallBizCentral.net member. The content should not be taken as guidance or advice to a specific business. It is the responsibility of each member to listen to the presentation and determine whether any suggested actions or philosophies make sense within their own business.

Content Sections

SmallBizCentral.net publishes information on various topics that it believes to be useful to owners of small businesses. The content consists of articles, glossaries, frequently asked questions, archives of questions that have been answered by SmallBizCentral consultants, forms, documents and tools usable for certain limited applications and links to suppliers of topic specific content. Content is believed to be current and accurate at the time it is published, however, there is no guarantee, either written or implied, that all content is current and accurate. Facts change, interpretations change, and applicability varies from business to business and situation to situation. Any material contained on this site should be read with those facts in mind.

Services and content are provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, and SmallBizCentral.net and its suppliers disclaim any and all warranties, including, but not limited to: (1) any warranties concerning access to the service, the availability, accuracy, usefulness of content, products or services and (2) any warranties of title, warranty of non-infringement, warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. SmallBizCentral.net does not warrant that the service is free from bugs, viruses, errors, or other program limitations nor does SmallBizCentral.net warrant access to the Internet or to any other service or content through the service.

Links to Third Party Sites

The links from our site that go to other sites are for convenience only, and do not imply that we endorse or approve of those sites. We have no control over the content found on other sites and make no warranties as to the accuracy or adequacy of any information found at such sites are made. Similarly we are not responsible for information found on or through our site which is generated by third parties. SmallBizCentral.net is not responsible for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage related to your use of the site, whether from errors or omissions in the content of our site or any other linked sites, from the site being down or from any other use of the site. Your use of these sites is at your own risk.


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