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Drake Forester Bio

Author Drake Forester

Drake Forester is Northwest Registered Agent’s Chief Legal Strategy Officer. His creative thinking and razor-sharp business mind have helped guide Northwest’s vision of empowering business owners for more than 15 years.

Whether he’s working with sole proprietors or multistate corporation owners, Drake’s goals are the same: simplify, protect and guide. He writes about a wide range of business topics, including LLCs, corporations, registered agent service, and nonprofits, always with the aim of demystifying the complex challenges faced by small business owners every day.

Drake has been featured on Fox Small Business, Yahoo Money and AllBusiness, and he is a frequent contributor to SCORE.

You can email Drake at, or find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Drake’s Publications:


Self-Employed Quarterly Taxes: What You Need to Know

Supply Chain Disruptions: What Small Business Owners Need to Know

3 Steps to Formalizing Your Hobby Business

How to Pay Remote, Out-of-State Employees & Stay Compliant

The Basics of Paying Yourself as an Entrepreneur

The Post-Pandemic Workplace: 3 Options to Consider

Filing Taxes For Your Small Business in 2021: Deductions and Credits

Should You Close Your Small Business? 3 Steps to Help You Decide

Prepare Your Small Business For the Holiday Season in the Pandemic

Practical Steps Toward Greater Business Resilience

When is Your Business Ready to Reopen After the Covid Shutdown and How Can You Reopen Safely?

COVID-19 Federal Tax Relief for Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Economic Impact: Will Business Interruption Insurance Help (& What Are My Other Options)?

Who Does What? Understanding the Professional Roles Within a Corporation

Do It Yourself Checklist to Incorporate Your Business

Balancing Nonprofits and Paid Employees

The Future of American Business: Benefit Corporations?

Writing Your Business Purpose (And Why It Matters)

Got You Covered: Specialty Insurance for Your Business

What is the Difference Between a Nonprofit Organization and a Charity?

Directors and Officers: Understanding the Roles of Corporate Management

LLCs for Freelancers: Understanding Liability Protection

9 Legal Steps to Starting Your Own Nonprofit

Understanding Classes of Stock

Should You Incorporate Your Business in Another State?

Nuts and Bolts: Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

The Consumer Review Fairness Act & What It Means for Your Business

Defining the Series LLC

Do You Sell Products Online? You Need to Know About Nexus

Is Your Small Business Compliant with the Payment Card Industry?

How To Properly Dissolve Your LLC

Should You Hire a Registered Agent or Be Your Own?

Federal Employer Identification Number: Everything You Need to Know

What Employers Need to Know about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Lobbying in the Nonprofit Sector: 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) Organizations

How to Domesticate Your Business to Another State

How to Transfer Assets to Your LLC

Nonprofit Purpose and Tax Exempt Status

Business Structure: Which Works Best For You

What to Know Before You Buy a Restaurant

3 Retirement Options for Small Business Owners

Tax Time: A Guide to Completing the Schedule C

A Guide to the S Corporation

What are the Qualified Business Deductions Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

Pass-Through Entities Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Most Common S-Corp Misconceptions: Part 1

How to Start a Nonprofit

3 Steps to Becoming an S Corporation

Tax Time Checklist: How to Send 1099s

Nonprofits and Reasonable Compensation

Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporations

Religious Nonprofit Organizations and Churches

Getting Professional: A Guide to Forming PLLCs, Pas, and Other Professional Entities

How to Hire Employees for Your Startup

Checklist: How to Incorporate a Sole Proprietorship

Mutual Benefit Nonprofits

Foreign Nonprofits: Doing Business Out of State

What is the Difference Between a Nonprofit Organization and a Benefit Corporation?

Buying a Small Business: Assets vs Entities

Which State Should You Incorporate In?

Initial Requirements After Forming Your Corporation or LLC

The Guide to Nonprofits and Tax Exemption


Estate Taxes: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family and Your Business

How Creating Value for Your Customers Can Give Your Business a Competitive Edge

Multiple Companies Under One Roof: How to Understand DBAs and Holding Companies

Should You Take Your Company Public With a Reverse Merger? Here Are the Pros and the Pitfalls

The Truth About Shell Companies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Why Your New LLC Needs an Operating Agreement

Are Small Business Corporations Really Dead?

5 Things You Can Outsource to Grow Your Business

5 Ways to Boost Your Business’ Google+ Presence

3 Ideas Your Startup Can Steal From Warby Parker

7 Ways to Save When You Incorporate Your Startup

Benefit Corporations: How Do They Differ From Nonprofits?

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