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I don’t read any news any more. I left metropolis to come work at Clute because small businesses matter. From real estate to breweries, small businesses drive the whole world. Also Clark was getting obnoxious.

Louis Lane

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Accidents Happen – Be Resourceful

What is life if its not trying to get through it with as few accidents as possible. Accidents happen to us all both big a small and every size in between. Some accidents have little consequence while others can be fairly large. The ramifications can hurt physically, emotionally, mentally, or monetarily. Typically, ramifications are some combination of any of those or even all of them. So what are you doing to prepare? Sure there are plenty of preventative things you can do that may minimize the risk of an accident or at least the severity of it. Wear a helmet, stay indoors more often, doomsday prep maybe? Whatever the preventative measure, it will not eliminate accidents from your life. So how are you preparing for them?

Be resourceful! Know where to look when something happens. Are you insured? Is your car, your house, your life? Do you have a savings? All standard things that keep the whole ship from sinking should some major accident come crashing through the roof or through that red light. So what happens when damages from an accident are beyond repair? What happens when they can be repaired but its not going your way? When your insurance preparations don’t work they way they should, then what?

Be resourceful! Luckily for you reading this blog, we are resourceful too! We like to bring the facts of local businesses that can help you be resourceful. So what are we talking about here. Accident law firms or as many call them, personal injury attorneys. We can guess your first thought… There Are So Many! How do you pick a good one? How do you know when you should find one? We asked ourselves the same questions so we could report to you on our findings. Here they are!

If you are anywhere in the Southern California area we have just the firm for you! They are extremely well reviewed in the area and they have an excellent team with some amazing experience. They cover most personal injury situations involving any moving vehicle or aircraft as well as assault and brain injury. If you have been a car accident, chances are you would be better off with the best car accidents attorneys in town. These lawyers have a ten score on Avvo and have earned the Super Lawyer rating for 2018. If that’s not enough, there are plenty case studies and testimonials all over their website. If you want to look at some of their reviews, you can look at the platform of your choice but we recommend checking out their Yelp profile. Its pretty stellar!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/guldjian-fasel-accident-attorneys-costa-mesa

So, the next an accident happens to you, once you get past the initial “Why me!?” question we all ask ourselves, remember that you are resourceful and have the ability to mitigate some major damages from an accident and in some cases even end up better off than when you started. Alas, here is the firms information for your records!

Guildjan & Fasel APC

Address600 Anton Blvd #1700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hours

Open 24 hours
Until next highlight, Stay resourceful!

Don’t Be Uncertain, Be Insured

Safety and security are important to us as human beings. The more things we earn in life, the more we want to protect whats ours and not lose what we’ve gained. This very mindset led us to birth an industry that is now one of the biggest in the world. Insurance. Good ol insurance that we have all come to love and hate depending on the situation and the insurance service you are using. With such a booming industry, many companies were founded all trying to be a little different by providing better insurance with more coverage at better rates. You’d think the competition would make for a buyers market right? Well since insurance is all but required to be a functioning citizen, insurance companies have an advantage. They get to compete with each other to an extent but they know the demand will never get too low. Where has this led us? Into a world where 4 or 5 big companies that all have appealing rates with less coverage seem to be the only options. 

People are getting tired of being left with only the big companies that seem to offer “free” benefits yet the premiums increase. Instead, people are willing to lose some of the benefits for cheaper coverage.

“In J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study, price has become a more influential factor in brand consideration and quoting, surpassing the importance of a good past service experience. For small insurers to compete with their larger competitors, some of the lowest rates can be found with the lesser-known and smaller companies. And while these smaller companies may not be able to offer all the frills and extra benefits of the larger companies, with less overhead, they may be in position to offer lower rates.”

While this new trend has opened the door for smaller insurance companies to flourish, it has also flooded the market with options and options and more options. There are only so many benefits that a small insurance company can offer and only at so low of rates. Luckily for the consumer, this makes client agent interaction become more important. People want to be insured by someone they feel they can trust. So where do you start searching?

As much of our readership is in Southern California, we recommend starting at Chrysalis Insurance Agency. They are an established agency that is owned by a family that’s been in business long enough to make you feel comfortable. They can cover almost any of your insurance needs and make sure your plan is tailored just for you. They cover all kinds of insurance like business, auto, drone, life, and full home insurance in Newport Beach! Yes even for the multi-million dollar houses.

So start your search! Start where you want of course. If you do start at Chrysalis, you may find that your search will be pretty short.

Chrysalis Insurance Agency

Address3001 Red Hill Ave Suite 2-226, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

The Real Land of Opportunity

Buying a home is a rite of passage in the Land of Opportunity but in big cities, that is happening less and less frequently. Younger generations are looking at the current real estate market and realizing their dollar can go so much further in the country than in overcrowded cities. This exodus to suburban, interior states has spurned an uptick in the real estate market around the country. It’s a seller’s year to be sure but what does this mean when property is in conflict? What happens if there’s a dispute over title, or an owner decides to rent their property instead of selling? Landlordship is not as regal or glamorous as the feudal name may imply. It is important now more than ever for property owners to receive adept legal counsel as they venture into new avenues of property management. This week’s small business spotlight is Burris Law in California, specializing in estate planning, business, and real estate law.

 

In a seller’s market, many home owners are trying to make the most out of their investment and that’s where transaction guidance is needed. Most real estate investors rely on their agent to guide them through the process but where and agent’s knowledge fails is where a trusted legal advisor steps in to guide an investor to a safe deal.

The second, perhaps more important part of a real estate transaction is not the change of ownership, but the protection of the real property asset after the purchase. If a residential property is not enumerated in a trust, it is eligible for probate if the owner were to pass. If a commercial property is not entrusted to an LLC or other entity, then the death of an owner can wreak havoc on a company beyond the already perilous need for key-man replacement. This is where Burris Law is a cut above the competition by offering business law and estate planning law under the same roof. From incorporation and purchase to dissolution, sale, and end of life Burris law protects the most valuable assets that individuals can own.

Navigating treacherous legal waters without adequate counsel can leave many homeowners in turmoil. With the guidance of Burris Law, numerous informed real estate investors now have a way to maneuver through the transaction process without the complications of real estate brokerages. Check out what Katherine had to say:

Jason was phenomenal!

I decided to sell my home by owner however, I needed a real estate attorney to assist me with reviewing documents and ensuring I was protected.  I needed a real estate attorney quick, and Jason was there!  I had a meeting set up with him within 24 hours and from the moment we signed a contract to the moment I closed escrow, Jason was there.  No matter the day or time, he would respond via email or phone call.  If he wasn’t able to get to what I needed right then and there, he would acknowledge receipt and give me an estimate time of when he would be available to respond.  Jason was also proactive and would check in with me every now and then to ensure I didn’t need anything.  Not knowing what I was doing, Jason and Burris Law gave me the assurance and confidence I needed in order for a smooth sale.  I highly recommend Jason and Burris Law for your Real Estate Attorney needs!

 

It is the distinct journalistic pleasure of our Clute Institute local business review to feature the legal team at Burris Law. Keep up the good work. Visit their contact information below

 

Burris Law

1420 East Chapman Avenue,
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 941-8122

burris-law.net

Defining Space Flow

Defining Space Flow

Consultants dedicate careers to the idea of cultivating a “flow state” for corporate environments. Specialists, thought-leaders, gurus and shamans sell seminars and courses dedicated to the topic but frequently fall short of anything more than breathing and cheesy playlists. However, UK government sponsored research now illuminates that one of the chief contributions to workplace productivity is office layout. The physical space in which one works has an overwhelmingly strong influence on final work product.

Picture a beige and fluorescent white sea of sterile office grid. Picture this bleak prism prison for months, years, and decades. Welcome to the unfortunate plight of the office worker post 1980. Fast forward to the Google coffee bar work lounge delivering world-warping code with giddily happy employees. What happened the acoustic dampening panels and clean grid lines? Human conversation and big data happened. Tech startups and forward-thinking market leaders realized that their employees could perform better (ironically designing robots) so long as they weren’t treated as robots. The invention of the open floor-plan broke the grid system and refused to reassemble the pieces.

Creative alternative floorplan My Hite standing workstations

Standing at work? Someone call the warden. The prisoners -err- employees must be crazy. These standing desks aren’t anything like cubicles of the past.

So the paradigm shifted and even small businesses today operate on open floorplans and office layouts that cater to creative flow. Liquidating used cubicles in lieu of new adjustable sit-to-stand desks and polygonal workstations began to coax out more creativity juice from the minds of young professionals than grey mouse-mazes could ever pound from them. Today companies look to move their old cubicles and purchase new workstations from industry leaders like Creative Office Design. Office Furniture is no longer a boring afternoon meeting with the Operations and HR departments, it’s part interior design strategist, part feng shui shaman, part skeletal physiological ninja.

New collaborative table plans, contemporary desk arrangements and ergo-seating pairings make for a head-spinning number of choices that make genuine, trackable impact in the productivity of the workforce they elegantly yet sturdily support. And think how just a few years ago, ‘hang in there’ cat posters were considered acceptable corporate art and not vomit-inducing, sarcastic memes. Today offices compete to craft truly artistic flow spaces from the most contemporary office furniture distributors.

Lo and behold these investments in the human capital of commercial space pays dividends several orders of magnitude larger than the furniture investment days of office past. Fortunate for the spinal, social, and psychological health of the workers, collaborate flow spaces and half-caf, non-fat, upsidedown, marble mocha macchiatos come as standard perks of the job. Perhaps the pendulum will swing back the other direction and ‘bring your aardvark to work’ days will thin down a bit but until that day office managers are clamoring over the local office furniture dealers with modern showrooms and fast shipping. This week’s featured business is leading the charge to the highest retention office layouts in the market with their Orange County showroom available by appointment only.

Creative Office Design

Address: 15440 Laguna Canyon Rd Suite 120, Irvine, CA 92618
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Wed
Phone: (714) 328-7627

creativeofficedesign.net

Mediating the Collision of Tectonic Plates

Couples never plan for the end because it feels like setting an expiration date. The only issue with this kind of thinking is that planning involves honest input from both parties where an exit only takes the withdrawal of one side of the bridge. When that spanned gap comes crashing down, life savings, businesses, homes, and families can come crashing down with it. Enter the seemingly impossible role of the mediator. In this analogy think of a mediator as a cross between Atticus Finch and Batman. Part consoling but fair legal expert and part covert ninja that saves the day by shedding light on the unflattering parts of life. A mediator’s role is to represent both sides of the life altering conflict to come to a mutually agreeable and ultimately healing solution. Sound impossible? Practically every couple that ends in court seems to think the same thing. Skepticism is not unwarranted as successful mediation is not a difference in paperwork or a 3 step panacea. Successful mediation requires a truly talented divorce mediator.

This week’s featured business does just that. With the divorce rate on the climb from big cities like Metropolis all the way to little embankments like Smallville and Sanborne County, the need is met with a variety of solutions and none are graceful or amicable like this family law mediation firm. Take for example how ugly a divorce can get between court appearances, family and friend personal testimonies and public recounting of embarrassing issues. Want your gambling problem or extra-marital affair to become public record? The mixed martial arts arena of divorce court is glad to make that public record. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in divorce court. Consider the alternative of private mediation. In divorce mediation, all proceedings take place in the privacy of an office and remain strictly confidential. What’s more the division of assets doesn’t become 50/50 split – between the husband’s lawyers and the wife’s lawyers. Typical mediation costs 1/10th the price of divorce court.

The obvious benefits don’t ring through unless the mediation is a success though. There is a wide chasm between what some mediators would call a success and what success means to this certified family law mediation attorney.  Couples are baffled by the outcome that they walk away from a divorce feeling heard, relieved and even optimistic about the future. That takes a talented attorney and mediator to navigate the most challenging life event many couples ever have to face and reposition it as a new beginning.

Her rave reviews speak volumes about what she does but more than that, they speak to the level of gratitude her clients feel toward her that they would publicly share their experience with a divorce attorney. Stand outside the doors of a divorce court sometime and you will find yourself dodging daggers being stared at the opposing parties. There’s nothing “5 stars” about the experience. While no divorce is going to be pleasant, the best a couple can possibly hope for is to be mutually represented by a family law mediator that cares about the well-being of both parties and the success of the family unit. We at the clute institute are proud to report that in the otherwise bleak world of marriage dissolution – there is a beacon of reconciliation and balance in mediation.

McNamee Mediations

 

Confidence from Practical Protection

Confidence from Practical Protection

Small business owners tend to rely on a ‘bark louder than bite’ mentality when it comes to security, placing alarm system placards and large fake security cameras around their facilities in an attempt to dissuade crime. Preemption is always the first line of defense – and it should be. Shop owners #1 concern always is and always should be the safety of their staff but what happens when every store and business in town has the same crime deterrents in the windows? They become invisible. The next line of defense is sound security planning.

As the old adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. The same is true in security for knowing where and how big a business’ security liabilities are. An office building may not be at the same risk of armed robbery as a convenience store, however parking structures and stairwells are still points of potential risk. Small businesses fail to consider dangers to their staff until an accident happens. A solid plan goes a long way in this front.

The final and most reliable form of security preparation is personal safety training. The confidence that comes from safely and knowledgeably carrying a legal firearm is unparalleled. Unfortunately, firearm training is not a requirement for gun ownership in the US, but the statistics of gun-related accidents fall precipitously with an increase in educated, responsible ownership. A Concealed Carry Weapons License entitles a gun owner to carry their weapon in a vehicle, bag, or on their person out of the site of the general public (subject to limitations). As a final level of protection, a CCW permit requires an in-depth training course and an application with the local county sheriff’s office. These regulations ensure that CCW holders are safe and effective gun owners with a real need and the tested capability to handle a weapon.

Simply applying for a Conceal Carry Weapons permit does not guarantee the applicant a permit. An experienced CCW training program will help walk individuals through the application process and certify them for the permit. The best CCW training classes prepare students for their permitting process, but more importantly for the logistical safety requirements of being a responsibly armed citizen. Practical shooting training and evaluation are key components of the certification process. The top local CCW 1-day certification program is offered just outside Orange County at a a full-service training and shooting range at Artifex Firearms training center.

Here are some of their most recent reviews online:

I recently took two courses with Ben and Daniel, and the training is as good as it gets. They focus on each individual although it was a group class. It was very helpful. i took quite a few different firearm training courses but they were the best. They are the real guys with the real experience. Very friendly and professional. And the price is very competitive as well. Way to go!

-Daniel L, via Yelp

 

Excellent firearms training! I took the CCW class with Daniel and was very impressed by his coaching and attitude. I had taken firearms training elsewhere and never had anyone comment on my pistol grip-I just assumed it was fine. Daniel noticed a deficiency in my grip immediately and after correcting it, I felt much more in control of my firearm.

-Chuck B, via Yelp

 

Check out this month’s featured local business

Artifex Firearms Training

Address: 26741 Portola Pkwy, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Hours: 10am-6pm
Phone: (949) 861-0693

It’s all in the Display

They say no man is an island – life requires interaction but the question stands if businesses can be islands as well? Surely Richard Branson’s private island counts as an exception to the rule but what does a reclusive business suffer the same harms as a hermit? Does a highly engaged business revel in the same rewards as a social butterfly? To answer these questions, we must first ask how engagement starts.

A business can’t be an island. Sorry Necker…

Given an hour, a savvy reader could find enough blog content to choke a unicorn about the importance and value of branding. But the display of said branding is the only useful mechanism to yield value. It doesn’t matter how many custom visors, billboards, frisbees, and fish tanks a business can design if that branding never reaches a desired audience. Getting the right branding to the right audience is arguably more important than perfect branding. Ever hear the phrase ‘shipped is better than perfect’? That means it’s better to be AT the trade show talking about your business even if you haven’t settled on the perfect 3 syllable slogan than it is to be missing the potential business in another ‘creative strategy’ meeting. Obviously, crafting a beautiful business image is important but when the event finally rolls around, ready or not, a business name is either present and impactful or invisible.

Put up your sign and make the next step

 

The time is come and the trade show is here. There’s no moving the event so you have two choices, take massive action with the absolute best display at the event or duck out and try again next year when you are more ‘ready.’ The successful business chooses the former. So you’ve leaned into the new logo, slogan and imagery, how does that branding gain traction? Visibility is king. Trade shows are all about the impact. Are you well-lit, broad reaching, and approachable? Sitting behind a table with a stack of flyers isn’t going to cut it when your competition has a custom backdrop, custom branded table covering, LED lighting, giveaway games, beautiful booth girls and an epic display.

 

Good luck outshining that event booth…

Operating from an invisible corner booth without a bit of signage is just about as good as invisible. We at the Clute Institute like to reward small businesses that aim for the stars and chew up satellites on their way through the atmosphere. This is why we stopped by Los Angeles’ Largest Mixer and had to stop and admire this booth. Everything from the swag to the backdrops (which covertly doubled as pricing catalogs #clever) to the floormat, we couldn’t stop thinking about that question of a business being an island. In that analogy, we met the company passing out lifeboats – they literally have a free branded banner promotion running at the moment.

So it rings true for businesses as it does for men – no one is an island. Outreach and personal connection is key and the first step to that interaction is attention. Making a statement and displaying all that you have to offer is the first step in making a lasting impression.

 

By the way, here’s the business we were mentioning from the LA Mixer

Sign Pipers 
Address7611 Slater Ave Unit D, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Hours

Open today · 8AM–6PM

 

Grassroots Winery – From a Garage to Popular Red Wine Blends

Everyone loves a great from rags to riches story. Anyone with any semblance of an entrepreneurial spirit appreciates hearing the life cycle of a successful business that started at zero and became a huge success. Probably the most popular story of this kind out there is Facebook. One guy who wrote a couple hundred pages of code that led to the creation of one of the most successful and widely used online businesses in history. So awesome and dramatic that a movie was made to make sure we all new the story. Well I’m here to tell you of a similar story. Perhaps not one that is so drastic or dramatic but definitely worthy of note here where we love to highlight local businesses when they succeed at their craft.

Oh how that beautiful red nectar of the grape flows. Well not nectar technically. The wonderful people over at Four Brix Winery are doing some amazing things with wine grapes. What started as a side project in a garage has turned into a full blown business that is thriving. This boutique winery takes grapes from all over Paso Robles and Napa and creatives these wonderful blends of red and white wines that the gods themselves would sip upon. If you are ever driving through Ventura, wine tasting is definitely a must. Stop by the Four Brix Winery tasting room and meet the lovely people that work there. The last time I went, I really felt that I got to try some delicious wine but also make some really good friends. I honestly can’t wait to have a reason to drive back up that way again! I would definitely put them at the top as having the best wine in Ventura.

So as they have continued to grow, they have made the smart decision to reinvest in their business. For any small business owner reading this out there, you need to do more of this! Four Brix has been able to expand their selection of wine as well as their facilities. Ever wanted to host an private event in a winery’s barrel room? Four Brix has made this a reality! After their last expansion, their barrel room can hold up to 160 people! That is enough for a beautiful wedding venue in Ventura! Some of the photos are simply magical. Take a look for yourself!

As we always do here at the Clute, we encourage you to check out anyone we suggest for yourself! Four Brix Winery is killing it online. I haven’t been the only person who had such a wonderful experience with these fine folks. They are well reviewed for a good reason. It really is nice to see that good people can get rewarded with more than just a pat on the back. My suggestion, let the wonderful people at Four Brix host your next event. You will be well taken care of. Check them out on Yelp as one of the best venues to host your next event.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/four-brix-winery-and-tasting-room-ventura

From a garage to hosting large events in their barrel room, Four Brix is a great rags to riches story for any entrepreneur.

Local Law Firm On A Mission

The character Atticus Finch inspires generations of aspiring attorneys to stand up for the defenseless and uphold the law by protecting the innocent. In recent decades the insurance industry has boomed off the press received by a few fringe cases. ‘Surgery gone wrong’ ‘Real Estate Scams’ ‘Negligent nurses’ or ‘Corrupt CPAs’ sure make for catchy headlines, regardless of their rarity. These tabloid-type stories smearing the licensed professional labor force have only fueled the climb in malpractice and professional liability insurance premiums.  Fortunately the generation of Atticus-inspired attorneys continues to grow, defending hyper-scrutinized professions from predatory bureaus, boards and licensing bodies.

As the Bureau of Labor statistics, only 17.6% of the American population hold licenses or professional certifications. This means that a very narrow sect of the population are performing some of the most highly-skilled, technical work in the country. Keeping these professionals in business is key to the success and mobility of the middle class into higher paying positions – not to mention the jobs created by these licensed individuals. With this in mind, it is the mission of occupational license lawyers to keep the doors open for highly-skilled professionals.

When interviewed about the practices of the various governing bodies that control the majority of licenses and certificates in the state of California, one local law firm expressed serious concern at the severity of the terms and conditions typically set down on the license holder. The value of litigating this experience is that a competent legal team can often get these restrictions reduced or eliminated entirely. When the ultimate goal is to keep doctors,, realtors, accountants, and nurses in business helping the community. Minor infractions should not stand in the way of local economies.

 

The truth is, with quality representation and a good case, we can achieve great results, sometimes even better than the best that the board is willing to offer.  In some of our cases, we recommend settlement, and it’s only through our intervention that the board is even willing to offer a settlement.  The only way to know for sure is to consult with an attorney who regularly appears at administrative hearings at the Office of Administrative Hearings.  Don’t be pressured into giving up a license or into taking a settlement offer without first talking to an experienced professional license defense attorney.

Of course a license or state certification comes with a degree of responsibility and liability that should be held to the ethical standards of the profession. It is in pursuit of justice and legal righteousness that the Atticus Finch generation represent their clients. According to licensing bureaus, professional integrity must be maintained by a piece of paper. It is the role of the license defense lawyer to keep professionals from falling victim to the bureaucratic penal system. Like Atticus Finch famously said, “Our courts have their faults as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.” It is therefore paramount that the professional field seek quality legal representation when the deck is stacked against them by the administrative powers that be. Fate smiles on the hero that defends the disadvantaged.

 

Fighting The Good Termite Fight

There are a million and one ways to kill bugs. You can squish them with your foot or a finger which is normally protected by too much toilet paper. You can kill them with a wide variety of chemicals like 409, any Raid aerosol can of poison or a competitors equivalent, in some cases water…flush, and the all time go-to Windex that seems to kill way too many bugs given that its purpose it to clean windows and glass. Some could say that all of these ways of getting rid of bugs in the house is “Fighting the Good Fight”. Keep at it! Don’t let the visible bug population get out of control. Be the big bad exterminator of the house to keep the children safe and the women from screaming. But what about the invisible fight?

The invisible fight you say?! How do you fight something invisible?!

Alright my mistake. The fight in question here is perhaps better described as a hidden fight. While most personal exterminators are killing the occasional spider, roach, silverfish, or fly around the house, other bugs lurk about in the shadows. Some are harmless creatures looking for some free shelter and hope for food close by while others can do a great deal of damage. Have you guessed it yet? What are we fighting that’s hidden?! TERMITES! These sneaky devils travel in packs…big ones, which is why no one ever calls it a pack of termites. They come in swarms! With things heating up around this time of year in Garden Grove, termite extermination becomes a hot topic. Lucky for us, there is a business that specializes in “Fighting the Good Hidden Fight” that us at home bug squishing exterminators can’t handle. Natural Science Exterminating finds where these swarms dwell and eradicates them with ease. The best part, they do it all naturally and organically! You don’t have to worry about poisoning your pets with all those chemicals or turning your children a different shade of color. Look for the signs that termites may be in your home. If you see one or two dead termites lying around, chances are you have a swarm hidden away in your home. If this is the case, you better act fast Garden Grove. Termite damage is no joke and can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

So, when there is a hidden fight that you can’t seem to find but know its there, call Natural Science Exterminating. They will do the fighting for you to make sure your pets, your home, and your family stay safe from poison and the pests the plague your home. If this article isn’t enough validation, check them out on Yelp!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/natural-science-exterminating-garden-grove

When you become convinced that these guys are the way to go, call them or map em! DO NOT WAIT to get a termite inspection! Spend the small amount of money up front so you don’t spend thousands later. Let these guys do what they do best, natural termite extermination.