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Creating Business Resources


Organizing and Structuring Your Business

There are important documents that business must have at all times. From grants to work quality manuals, American Pillars Contracting is here to help create and prepare these documents for you.


Grant Writing

We can create a grant tailored to your business. This document is thoroughly researched, drafted, and printed within 14 days or less.

No grant is too small. In America alone, we donated more than $90 billion to charity and viable business concepts in 2017. If you have a concept that you feel needs alternate funding and may not qualify for traditional lending, let us help you to acquire the grant that your business needs. This is money you’ll never have to pay back, so don’t miss this opportunity.

Our fees are as low as 7 percent. Governments on all levels (local, state, federal, and international) have opened the flood gates to giving civilian businesses. They provide grant amounting to a total of 100 billion dollars. 

Contract Bidding

Let us help you get registered as a verified government contractor, setting you up to compete for huge contracts of which one can change the face of your business forever! In addition, we’ll even do the bidding for you if you prefer. Inquire today about our consulting services!

Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

Whether you are in the beginning stages of your business or you simply need to update your articles of incorporation and/or bylaws, we’re here to help you. There are many financial institutions, government offices, and other companies that may hesitate to do business with you unless you are a highly organized and legal enterprise.

This is why let us help you bring everything up to par by drafting your articles and bylaws for you so that you are always ready to do business.


Operations and Work Quality Manuals

Do you feel that you know your business concept and can recite it like the Lord’s Prayer? Many of us feel this way. However, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how much we know about our business—its capabilities, concept, intent, focus, and purpose.

In today’s environment, customers, procurement officers, and investors want to see structure. If you want to survive and prosper in business, your structure or organization is very important to establish. It is not unusual for them to ask for a copy of your operations and work quality manuals.

The quality of work manual communicates how you control the quality of your products and/or services. This may include safety protocols. You should know how to communicate these requirements effectively. We need to be ready and willing to hand over a copy of our motus operendae’. This manual display how you do business, your principles and policies of deliverance, sustainability and growth.

Let us lend you a hand with this process. We’ll research, write, and publish all of necessary manuals for your business. Contact us today for more information!

Franchising Your Concept

Franchising is a way to scale a business once it is successful and proven by many customers. It involves finding franchisees with the necessary skills to operate branches of the same business. McDonald’s is one of the best known examples of a company that grew because of franchising. By contrast, Starbucks has grown by opening its own branches.

You can franchise almost any type of business. Under a franchise, the owner or franchisor retains control of the brand and licenses (that is, grants permissions to) the franchisee to use its successful business model and brand.

In exchange, the franchisee puts up the initial capital for the business, helps promote the brand, and pays a license fee. The franchisor supports its franchisees by providing training, marketing strategies, and many other resources and skills.

Licensing of intellectual property (IP) is at the heart of a franchise contract. In other words, franchising includes licensing. Typically, this will cover know-how references and other confidential information, trademarks, logos, designs, and copyright materials. For some businesses, there may be patents as well.

An essential element of a franchise (and one of the features that distinguishes it from a straight license) relates to the formalities involved in setting up a franchise and the degree of control the franchisor retains.

A franchise agreement will usually give the franchisor the ability to control how the business can be operated. For example, if a customer visits a branch of McDonald’s while on a trip abroad, expecting the familiar service they are used to at home, it is important that they should not be disappointed.

Any unpleasant surprises due to changes in the business format could negatively affect McDonald’s brand in general, not just that particular outlet. For that reason, McDonald’s franchise agreement contains strict quality control provisions.

Licensing Your Brand

The essence of licensing, which is also the basis of franchising, is retaining the ownership of its IP while granting others the right to use it. The terms can vary considerably.

Having said that, some licensing can look a lot like franchising. For example, in the 1850s the inventor of the sewing machine, Isaac Singer, sold licenses to entrepreneurs to sell his invention to different parts of the US.

He also offered training in the use of the machines. In this case, the IP licensed was a patent, brand name and know how. Strictly, this was licensing, but it is so similar to our idea of franchising today that some people even consider Singer the father of franchising.

A clearer case of licensing is a car wash establishment which developed a successful process for persuading their customers to opt for hot wax and other optional services. It might license that process to other car wash businesses in return for royalties. These might be payments each month to use its way of promoting the wax so that more customers buy it. In this example, the IP being licensed is “know how”.

Another example of licensing is a software license, such as Microsoft Office. The software is licensed to you–you do not own anything more than the right to use it. The software is licensed subject to strict terms and conditions.

What is the best? Licensing or franchising? Let us help you choose the best one for you!

Copyrights, Registrations, Trademarks, Patents, and Service Marks

Afraid that someone may steal your idea? You should be. With theft and fraud at a high record, concepts, and ideas are being stolen every second. Although you cannot stop someone for attempting to steal your ideas, concepts and inventions, we can sure put a stronghold on their ability to prosper from them.

We know all the ins and outs on how to legally protect our ideas, inventions, and published work. In some cases, you’ll need all types of protections with intellectual property, function patents, invention concepts, and marks. You probably didn’t know that Apple has over 200 patents for the iPhone alone. Why do you think that is? This is to protect their product—idea and functionality—and of course the Iphone’s future.

There are more Android phones sold worldwide, but iPhone holds the record for the single IOS perfection. Apple dwarfs the competition. In saying so, there are other property items you have that you didn’t know need to be protected, such as trademarks, marks, and copyrights for your unique way of phrasing an explanation of your product or idea to customers, investors, and interested parties.

How about patents? Do you have at least one of these? This is not something you should just be thinking about, you need to protect your hard earned work, unique ideas, and concepts without delay. Call us today to find out how!

Business Plans

It's hard to stick to strategy through the daily routine and interruptions. This why you should use a business plan to summarize the main points of your strategy and as a reminder of what it includes.

Business objectives must be clear. You must use your plan to define and to manage specific measurable objectives like web visitors, sales, margins, or new product launches.

Define success through objective terms. This way, your educated guesses will be better. Use your plan to refine your educated guesses about things like potential market, costs of sales, sales drivers, lead processing, and business processes. This will priorities make more sense for you.

Aside from strategies, business also have other priorities or factors to consider, such as growth, management, and financial health. Use your plan to set a foundation for the following, then revise them as the business evolves. You’ll understand interdependencies better.

Use a plan to keep track of what needs to happen and in what order. For example, if you have to time a product release to match a testing schedule or marketing strategy, your business plan is highly important in keeping you organized and in tracking your milestones.

Use a business plan to keep track of dates and deadlines in one place. This is vital for teams and valuable even for a one-person business. This way, you’ll be better at delegating tasks and responsibilities.

The business plan is an ideal place to clarify who is responsible for what. Every important task should have one person in charge in one area. If you have a business plan, managing team members and tracking results will be easy. Many people acknowledge the need for regular team member reviews and just as many admit they hate these kind of reviews.

The plan is a great format for getting things in writing and following up on the difference between expectations and results with course corrections. You can better plan and manage cash flow in this case. After all, no business can afford to mismanage cash, and simple profits are rarely the same as cash.

A cash flow plan is a great way to tie together educated guesses on sales, costs, expenses, and assets you need to buy and debts you have to pay. Course corrections will keep your business from flopping. Having a business plan gives you a way to be proactive, not reactive. Don’t wait for things to happen. Plan them now.

Follow up by tracking the results and making course corrections. It’s a myth that a business plan is supposed to predict the future. In reality, it sets expectations and establishes assumptions so that you can manage the future circumstances with course corrections.

You don’t need a big formal business plan to reap these benefits. Instead, think of your business plan as a collection of lists, bullet points, and tables. Imagine it as something that lives on the computer, not on paper. It’s just big enough to do its job.

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