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August 14, 2021
15-Step Checklist for Starting a Nonprofit

1. Define Your Mission & Write Your Mission Statement The first step in starting a nonprofit is to define your mission and write a mission statement. Not only is a mission statement helpful in guiding your strategic decisions, you will also need it while filing for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. A mission statement will also come […]

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July 30, 2021
The Online Dating Coach - Erika Ettin

In this very fun episode, we talk to the pun-loving Erika Ettin about her career as an online dating coach, leaving a stable job to start her company (A Little Nudge), landing her first clients, constructing crossword puzzles, getting published in the New York Times, and much more.

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July 19, 2021
16-Step Legal Checklist for Startups and Small Businesses

Thinking about starting a business? Or maybe you’ve already got the ball rolling with your startup, but want to make sure you’re doing it the right way? Great! This series is for you. Our 16-Step Legal Checklist for Startups & Small Businesses walks through starting a business step-by-step. We start in the pre-planning phase and […]

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July 2, 2021
The Professor, Advisor & KU Legend - Mary Klayder, PhD

In today’s episode, we’re joined by University of Kansas Professor, Mary Klayder, PhD. We discuss her famous slogan, why she loves advising as much as teaching, pioneering study abroad programs, self discovery through literature, and so much more.

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June 25, 2021
The Ageless Entrepreneur - Rick Terrien

Rick Terrien is a lifelong entrepreneur and the author of Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age. He has launched businesses in industries ranging from manufacturing to printing to small foods. In this episode, we learn how Rick started his first business, how he has sold several businesses to go on “sabbaticals,” the misconceptions […]

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June 18, 2021
The Sports Journalist & Broncos Reporter - Phil Milani

In this very special episode, we sit down with Denver Broncos reporter Phil Milani to discuss sneaky ways to land a job interview, rising through the ranks of network journalism, and transitioning to a role with the Denver Broncos. We also talk about The Drive, the Broncos cafeteria, interviewing John Elway, misconceptions about his career, […]

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June 11, 2021
The Heart Surgeon - Dr. Tony Mozer

On today’s marathon episode, we talk to one of Mark’s lifelong friends, Dr. Tony Mozer. Tony is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. We discuss how Tony started his path towards becoming a surgeon, why he decided to get his MBA during his residency, the importance of meditation, how The Sopranos is […]

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June 8, 2021
How to Legally Turn a Side Hustle into a Small Business

If you’re ready to take your side hustle and turn it into a legitimate small business, there are a few things you can do to legally protect yourself and the business. We have done a whole playlist called The Legal Checklist for Startups that outlines several steps you might do if you're really starting a […]

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June 4, 2021
The Baptist Minister Turned LGBTQ+ Advocate & Political Consultant - Josh Cogan

Josh Cogan has an amazing story to tell and is consistently surprising us with unexpected details about his life. In this episode, we learn how Josh went from being a punk rocker to a baptist minister to an advocate for LGBTQ+ youth in the Dallas, TX area. Buckle up, because it's a wild ride.

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May 21, 2021
"Hosts Only" with Mark and Darin - Coffee/Lunch/Beer Podcast

We’ve got a very special episode today as we spend the entire episode without the rude interruptions of guests. That’s right, it’s a hosts only episode with Mark and Darin! We run through the typical run of show so you can learn a little bit more about us and our journeys. We also discuss Mark’s […]

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April 17, 2020
Local Resources for Small Businesses in Denver During COVID-19

The impact that COVID-19 has had on small businesses in the Denver community cannot be overstated. Many businesses have been forced to close their doors, lay off employees, cut hours, or radically shift their day-to-day operations.  While it might not be enough to help everyone who is struggling, the local government and community has joined […]

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April 3, 2020
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Forgivable Loans for Small Businesses

On Friday, March 27th, Congress passed the CARES Act, which is the big stimulus bill in response to COVID-19. Part of the stimulus plan includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides funding for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans that can actually be forgiven. The Paycheck Protection Program provides free money for your business from […]

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March 19, 2020
COVID-19: SBA Disaster Assistance Loans [What It Is, Who Qualifies, And How To Apply]

The SBA is giving out loans to businesses affected by COVID-19 through the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The first thing to know about this loan program is that information is changing every day. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the SBA website. The loans go up to $2,000,000 and they […]

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January 1, 2020
4 New Year's Resolutions for Your Business

Just like people set New Year’s resolutions to improve their health, wealth, and everything in between - you should set resolutions for your business to ensure continued success in 2020 and beyond. In this article, we are going to discuss four resolutions that you need to do in the new year: Make Sure You Have […]

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November 26, 2019
The Lyda Law Firm Guide to Office Holiday Parties

So you want to host a holiday office party? Before you order the egg nog and string up the lights, it’s essential to step back and think about the potential professional and legal consequences of hosting a holiday work party. Sit back and learn about the four legal issues that every employer should know about office holiday parties.

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September 6, 2019
Lyda Law Firm Releases 16-Step Legal Checklist for Startups & Small Businesses

Are you thinking about starting a business? Or maybe you’ve already got the ball rolling with your startup, but want to make sure you’re doing it the right way. Great, then this series is for you! This video walks through starting a business step by step from a legal perspective.

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October 9, 2014
Dumb Starbucks: Lessons for Small Business

Andy Kaufman-esque comedian Nathan Fielder recently aired the "Dumb Starbucks" episode of his Comedy Central television show, Nathan for You. In it, he chronicles his Dumb Starbucks experiment, in which he opened a nearly exact replica of Starbucks, relying on parody law. "By adding the word 'dumb'", Fielder stated, "we are legally allowed to use the […]

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August 14, 2021
15-Step Checklist for Starting a Nonprofit

1. Define Your Mission & Write Your Mission Statement The first step in starting a nonprofit is to define your mission and write a mission statement. Not only is a mission statement helpful in guiding your strategic decisions, you will also need it while filing for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. A mission statement will also come […]

Read More
July 30, 2021
The Online Dating Coach - Erika Ettin

In this very fun episode, we talk to the pun-loving Erika Ettin about her career as an online dating coach, leaving a stable job to start her company (A Little Nudge), landing her first clients, constructing crossword puzzles, getting published in the New York Times, and much more.

Read More
July 19, 2021
16-Step Legal Checklist for Startups and Small Businesses

Thinking about starting a business? Or maybe you’ve already got the ball rolling with your startup, but want to make sure you’re doing it the right way? Great! This series is for you. Our 16-Step Legal Checklist for Startups & Small Businesses walks through starting a business step-by-step. We start in the pre-planning phase and […]

Read More
July 2, 2021
The Professor, Advisor & KU Legend - Mary Klayder, PhD

In today’s episode, we’re joined by University of Kansas Professor, Mary Klayder, PhD. We discuss her famous slogan, why she loves advising as much as teaching, pioneering study abroad programs, self discovery through literature, and so much more.

Read More
June 25, 2021
The Ageless Entrepreneur - Rick Terrien

Rick Terrien is a lifelong entrepreneur and the author of Ageless Startup: Start a Business at Any Age. He has launched businesses in industries ranging from manufacturing to printing to small foods. In this episode, we learn how Rick started his first business, how he has sold several businesses to go on “sabbaticals,” the misconceptions […]

Read More
June 18, 2021
The Sports Journalist & Broncos Reporter - Phil Milani

In this very special episode, we sit down with Denver Broncos reporter Phil Milani to discuss sneaky ways to land a job interview, rising through the ranks of network journalism, and transitioning to a role with the Denver Broncos. We also talk about The Drive, the Broncos cafeteria, interviewing John Elway, misconceptions about his career, […]

Read More
June 11, 2021
The Heart Surgeon - Dr. Tony Mozer

On today’s marathon episode, we talk to one of Mark’s lifelong friends, Dr. Tony Mozer. Tony is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. We discuss how Tony started his path towards becoming a surgeon, why he decided to get his MBA during his residency, the importance of meditation, how The Sopranos is […]

Read More
June 8, 2021
How to Legally Turn a Side Hustle into a Small Business

If you’re ready to take your side hustle and turn it into a legitimate small business, there are a few things you can do to legally protect yourself and the business. We have done a whole playlist called The Legal Checklist for Startups that outlines several steps you might do if you're really starting a […]

Read More
June 4, 2021
The Baptist Minister Turned LGBTQ+ Advocate & Political Consultant - Josh Cogan

Josh Cogan has an amazing story to tell and is consistently surprising us with unexpected details about his life. In this episode, we learn how Josh went from being a punk rocker to a baptist minister to an advocate for LGBTQ+ youth in the Dallas, TX area. Buckle up, because it's a wild ride.

Read More
May 21, 2021
"Hosts Only" with Mark and Darin - Coffee/Lunch/Beer Podcast

We’ve got a very special episode today as we spend the entire episode without the rude interruptions of guests. That’s right, it’s a hosts only episode with Mark and Darin! We run through the typical run of show so you can learn a little bit more about us and our journeys. We also discuss Mark’s […]

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September 1, 2018
Lyda Law Firm Has a New Space Inside WeWork LoHi

Lyda Law Firm has a new address at 2420 17th St., 3rd Floor, Denver, Colorado 80202.

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August 16, 2018
Lyda Earns Mediation Skills Certificate From Northwestern University

“I believe in mediation as an empowering, cost effective, and durable form of conflict resolution.” — Mark Lyda Lyda Law Firm is proud to represent its clients through all phases of litigation, including mediation. The mediation skills certificate includes training in facilitative mediation and fulfills mediator requirements for most states. This training will equip us […]

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June 15, 2018
Lyda Law Firm Proudly Sponsors Denver PrideFest Event

The Trash Fashion Show was a great reminder of how change starts right here, right now, with us. It is a privilege to be a part of a firm that not only understands the importance of inclusivity and equal justice but takes active measures to show its support and ensure Denver is a safe and […]

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March 28, 2018
Mark Lyda Named To Super Lawyers 2018 Rising Stars List

We are pleased to announce that Mark Lyda has been selected to the 2018 Colorado Rising Stars list for a second consecutive year. Lyda was selected for his excellence in the area of Business Litigation. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at […]

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February 19, 2018
Lyda Law Firm Named Best for Colorado Finalist

We are proud to announce that, following our B Corporation certification, Lyda Law Firm has been named a Best for Colorado Finalist. Best for Colorado is a collaborative program between the nonprofit B Lab and the City of Denver. Its objective is to “teach all Colorado businesses how to create higher quality jobs, build stronger communities, […]

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October 18, 2017
Lyda Law Firm Becomes Certified B-Corp: One of Few Law Firms to Achieve Socially Responsible Designation

“Think of it this way: USDA certifies organic foods, and Good Housekeeping puts its seal of approval on quality products, like washing machines and skillets. And since 2006, a nonprofit organization called B Lab has been certifying corporations it deems to be concerned about their communities and the environment.” - NPR

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June 21, 2017
Governor Appoints Lyda Chair of the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit

Governor Hickenlooper has tapped Mark Lyda to serve as Chair of Colorado's Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit. The Council advises the attorney general's office on consumer credit issues and has the authority to approve or repeal final rules under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC). The UCCC governs payday lenders and other types of […]

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April 5, 2017
Lyda Law Firm Wins Damages Plus Attorney Fees in Property Management Case

Lyda Law Firm's clients, property owners in Copper Mountain, Colorado, collected contractual damages, interest, costs, and attorney fees in a case against their property management firm. The property management firm failed to follow the terms of the contract, collected fees not provided in the contract, and failed to disclose financials to LLF's clients. This case presented […]

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March 28, 2017
Lyda Named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Mark Lyda has been selected to the 2017 Colorado Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 […]

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December 15, 2016
Lyda Law Firm Obtains Successful Settlements for Small Business Clients

Working on behalf of a small business client, Lyda Law Firm recently secured a settlement for the full amount demanded, plus attorney fees. The settlement is the latest in a series of successful settlements obtained on behalf of small business and moderate-income clients. Lyda Law Firm's philosophy is that they key to a successful settlement […]

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