Last updated February 1, 2016.

BusinessTown.com, operated by BusinessTown LLC, is dedicated to bringing you the best streetwise small business content available today and in the future. We have developed these Terms of Service to help deliver a great experience for all of our users and to help us to be able to protect our properties so we may continue to deliver and invest in our business.

By using BusinessTown.com or related services or products, you are agreeing to these Terms of Service. If you do not agree with them, then do not use the website or any related services.

By using BusinessTown.com or related services or products are also agreeing to our Privacy Policy.


Copyrights

All of the contents of BusinessTown.com and related services are protected under United States and international copyright law. The protected content includes, but is not limited to, all videos, text, illustrations, art, layout, the “look and feel,” organization, selection, sounds, audio, technology, URLs, graphics, photos, computer code, data, software, and advertising. This content also includes trademarks such as “BusinessTown” and the BusinessTown logo, as well as other trademarks, trade names, trade dress and service marks. This protected content is owned by BusinessTown LLC, its service providers, and its advertisers.

You are not allowed to copy, frame, reproduce, republish, upload, modify, distribute, transmit, display, create works derived from, or sell or use for any commercial purposes any content from BusinessTown.com and related services, without the express and prior written consent of an officer of BusinessTown LLC, except as allowed later in these Terms of Service. Any rights not specifically granted are reserved for BusinessTown LLC.

It is the policy of BusinessTown.com to aggressively protect and defend its rights to all of its Content in all formats in all languages in all parts of the World to the full extent of the law.

You are allowed to use the content for your personal use, but not for any commercial purpose. You are allowed to download one copy on a single computer and print a single copy of limited content for your personal (non-commercial) use provided that you do not modify the content in any way and provided that you do not remove any logo, trademark, or copyright notice or attribution.

You are not allowed to use the content in any way that suggests that BusinessTown.com endorses your business, service, idea or you personally.  You are not allowed to use the content in anyway that is illegal or harmful, including financially harmful, to another person, business, or nonprofit entity.

BusinessTown.com specifically prohibits the framing of its content.

Not Providing Advice for Your Particular Situation

The purpose of the content of BusinessTown.com is to motivate, inspire, and entertain you and not to give you specific advice on your particular business situation.

An important theme of BusinessTown.com is that the specific results of any action or step in business are hard to predict: just because it worked before, or because it is working now for another business, or because it is mentioned on BusinessTown.com, does not mean that the action or step is going to work in your situation.

Not a Substitute for Professional Counsel

The content on BusinessTown.com and related services is not intended to substitute for professional advice. Be advised that every business situation is different in numerous ways. Furthermore, business strategies or techniques that worked in one situation may very well not work in what appears to be a similar situation for an other business: there are always too many variables to directly equate one business situation with another.

No information on BusinessTown.com should be considered a substitute for legal advice, medical advice, or advice of a qualified business advisor or other professional. Remember that if in doubt, do not be “penny wise but pound foolish,” do not hesitate to hire the best expert professional that you can.

Linking to BusinessTown.com

We hereby grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, license to link to BusinessTown.com provided that you do so in a good faith manner, that you do not in any way damage our reputation, that you do not suggest an endorsement from or association with BusinessTown.com, and that the site that is being linked to BusinessTown.com complies with all applicable laws, does not violate the rights of others in any way including their intellectual property rights and that the site is not defamatory, indecent, or profane, and does not interfere with the mission of BusinessTown.com. The framing of the content of BusinessTown.com is specifically not allowed. We reserve the right to revoke this license at anytime with or without reason.

Third Party Content

BusinessTown.com and related services may allow content from third parties to be placed on our website or other services. BusinessTown LLC takes no responsibility for such content and provides no warranties of any kind for such content. In no situation will BusinessTown LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, or its service providers have any liability for such third party content, including for any damages of any kind, such as indirect or incidental or punitive damages, including for services and any products or services sold, for any defamatory or illegal conduct, or infringing material. BusinessTown.com and related services reserve the right to remove such content with or without cause at its own discretion.

User Generated Information

BusinessTown.com and related services may currently or at a future time allow users to submit information to be publicly displayed. In consideration of personal safety and protection of property, we strongly suggest that users do not include information that may personally identify them.  BusinessTown.com and related services may remove any information submitted by users at any time for any reason or no reason, but makes no warranties that it is reading, monitoring, reviewing or evaluating such information.

You agree that if Businesstown.com or related services removes such content that you will not repost such content or similar content again. You also agree that upon request from BusinessTown.com that you will not post or cause to be posted by others any additional content on BusinessTown.com or related services.

By placing information on BusinessTown.com or related services you represent that you own all of the content, that it does infringe upon the rights of any other person or entity in any way, that it is not intended to be a solicitation or advertisement of any kind, that it does not encourage any conduct that is unlawful, that it does not encourage any conduct that would be harmful to the mission of the website, that it does not in any way impersonate any person or entity, that is not in any way libelous or defamatory, that is not in any way obscene or harassing, that is not in poor taste, that it does not refer to any other user of BusinessTown.com in a disparaging way, that it does not purport to offer legal or medical or other advice for which the user is not licensed to do so, and that it does not violate the letter or the spirit of anything else in this Terms of Service Agreement.

By placing information on BusinessTown.com or related services, you are granting BusinessTown.com and related services a non-exclusive, royalty-free, payment-free, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, unlimited right to use, copy, store, distribute, modify, translate, create derivative works from, your information in all media now in existence or that may be created in the future.

By placing information on BusinessTown.com or related services, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and to defend BusinessTown LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, its service providers against any claims whatsoever that may arise from your information being placed on BusinessTown.com or related services.

No Warranties

Information provided on Businesstown.com and through related services is provided “as is” without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Use of BusinessTown.com and related services is entirely at your own risk.

Indemnification

You will hold harmless and indemnify BusinessTown LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, its service providers, or its content providers against any claims, losses, damages, costs (including legal fees) that may be due to your access or use of BusinessTown.com or any related service including those provided by third parties.

Disclaimer

You accept that you are using BusinessTown.com and any related service totally at your own risk, that there is no express or implied warranty as to the accuracy, quality, lack of errors, on BusinessTown.com and on any related services. Furthermore, you acknowledge that given the amount of content being offered, errors, mistakes and omissions are inevitable. You also agree that there is no warranty that any of the content on BusinessTown.com and any related service may be suitable in any way for your situation. You also accept that there is no warranty stating that the website or servers providing access to the website or other services are free of computer viruses or other components that may be harmful.

Liability Limitation

In no situation will BusinessTown LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, its service providers, or its content providers have any liability for any damages of any kind, including indirect or incidental or punitive damages arising out of the use of or the inability to use BusinessTown.com and related services and any products or services sold through or in connection with BusinessTown.com and related services through third parties, including for any defamatory, illegal conduct, or infringing material of any third party. In no case will BusinessTown.com LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, its service providers, or its content providers be liable in any amount in excess of $200.

Right to Change or Suspend Services

BusinessTown.com may at any time change or suspend its services or any parts of its services and it may require you to not access any or all of its services.

Third Party Advertisements, Links, Other Websites

BusinessTown LLC does not review or endorse the content linked to from its websites by third parties. BusinessTown LLC is not explicitly or implicitly endorsing, approving or, or in any way taking responsibility for content or activities that you may do on third party websites. In no situation will BusinessTown LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, its service providers, or its content providers have any liability for any damages of any kind, including indirect or incidental or punitive damages arising out of the use of any third party website linked to BusinessTown.com and related services and any products or services sold through or in connection with third party websites, including for any defamatory, illegal conduct, or due to infringing material of any third party.

Copyrights of Others

BusinessTown.com respects the intellectual property of others and it holds its contributors and users to the same standard. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been infringed, please report the infringement to us at the address listed on our Contact Page. In accordance with the US Digital Millennium Act of 1998, Title 17 United States Code, Section 512 (DMCA), please provide us with the following and we will investigate such claims and take appropriate actions (inquiries that do not follow this list may not be responded to):

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which you may be contacted.
  • A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright holder.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

No Unsolicited Content

BusinessTown.com and related services will not consider or accept or be responsible for the return of any unsolicited content. We will also not consider any unsolicited ideas or proposals.

We will also not guarantee that we will respond to any other type of information request or inquiry from users.

Prohibited Uses

Prohibited uses of BusinessTown.com and related services include but are not limited to: using BusinessTown.com or related services in any way that violates any local, regional or national law, engaging in any conduct that detracts from the ability of any other person from accessing or using the website or related services, changing or modifying the content of the website and related services, using the website or related services for any unauthorized advertising or promotional purpose including sending spam or comparable solicitations, “scraping,” copying any content or other information from the website or related services for any unauthorized purpose, using any software or device that may harm the ability of the website to operate, attempting to access any part of the website that is not intended to be accessed by the public, attacking the website in any way with malicious intent such as a “denial of service” attack, or any other type or method of trying to harm and decrease the value of the site or the value to users of businesstown.com and related services.   BusinessTown LLC will work with authorities and aggressively purse anyone who attempts to maliciously harm its properties including when appropriate seeking civil as well as criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

Class Action Not Allowed

To degree that the law allows, you agree not to pursue or to join anyone else in pursuing any kind of joint or class or representative claim including legal claim, arbitration claim or any other type of proceeding against BusinessTown LLC, its employees, its Officers, its Directors, and its service providers and advertisers.

Limitations

You agree that any claim against BusinessTown LLC or related in any way to BusinessTown.com and related services will be made within 12 months after the incident occurs that leads to such a claim.  Any claim placed after the 12-month limit shall be considered null and void

Jurisdiction

These terms of use shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All legal actions that shall arise against BusinessTown LLC or are related in any way to BusinessTown.com and related services shall be made exclusively in the state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Full Agreement

This Terms of Service agreement represents the full agreement between you and BusinessTown.com and related services and supersedes any prior agreement and any oral agreement.

If any part of this Terms of Service shall be declared invalid or in contrary to law, the rest of the Terms of Service shall remain valid.

Thank You

Thank you for using BusinessTown.com and related services.