Small Biz Wizards

Lodestar Technology Labs, LLC offers “Small Biz Wizards” as a subscription based service through The Small Biz Wizards service is provided under contract by Tarkenton Institute, Inc. and provides a mechanism for subscribers to ask questions related to business matters of the type that would typically be asked of a business consultant. Tarkenton Institute, Inc., through its employees, business partners and a network of consultants responds to those questions posed by members. Lodestar has a stated objective to respond to each question within one to two business days, however, there is no assurance or warranty that every question can or will be answered within that time frame.

The scope of the "Small Biz Wizards" service is generally limited to responses that can be provided by a consultant with no more than one hour's research into the specific subject matter. It is not the intent of this service to provide in-depth research. Instead, the service is intended to provide a sounding board, feedback on ideas and suggestions on finding solutions. Our consultants often do limited amounts of research in order to respond to specific questions, however, there is no promise that we will research any particular question that we determine, in our sole discretion, to be beyond the scope of this service.

Small Biz Wizards does not provide legal advice or other advice that can only be provided by licensed professionals. When members ask questions that request such advice, our consultants will often provide suggestions for reading material (either online or traditional) that will assist the member in better understanding the subject matter. Such suggestions or referrals to other web sites are not to be considered as legal advice. Legal matters should be referred to a competent attorney.

Small Biz Wizards exists to assist subscribers with running and growing their small businesses. Small Biz Wizards reserves the right to screen out and reject questions that are, in our sole discretion, not related to running and growing a small business. Questions that are related to personal rather than business activities or that are related purely to large company or government matters may be returned unanswered.

Small Biz Wizards reserves the right to limit the number of times that it will response to the same question from a subscriber. The limitation shall be based upon a standard of reasonableness that is determined by Small Biz Wizards in its sole discretion.

Subscribers who attempt to jam the system with questions that, in our sole discretion, appear intended to damage our ability to respond to other members rather than providing needed assistance to the member making the request, will be returned unanswered and we further reserve the right to terminate the membership of anyone attempting to damage our system of response.

Subscribers who ask questions do so with the understanding that responses are provided based on the knowledge and experience of the consultant answering the question. Many responses reflect the opinions of the responding consultant. Many questions have no clear and obvious answer and any response will, of necessity, be based on the judgment and opinion of the consultant making the response. Many questions are also subject to misinterpretation. Our consultants have neither the opportunity nor the ability to determine and review all of the relevant facts. Therefore, Small Biz Wizards cannot and does not warrant that its answers are "correct". In fact, Small Biz Wizards acknowledges that its responses may contain errors or may misinterpret the question that was asked. There is a further risk that reference materials to which we refer a member relative to a particular subject matter may contain inaccurate or even offensive material. This is particularly true when web sites to which we refer members contain other links to other web sites, which we have not (and cannot) research. The member asking the question bears responsibility for assessing the validity and applicability of the response before using the information provided in the response.

Our goal is to acquaint the user with as much information as is available to us at what we determine, in our sole discretion, to be a reasonable cost. We work with the information to present it in a manner that will be usable by the typical small business.

Responses from the Small Biz Wizards resource center carry the following disclaimer:

By using this service you agree that in consideration of Tarkenton Institute, Inc.'s furnishing management or technical assistance that you waive all claims against Tarkenton Institute, Inc., its personnel or business partners arising from this assistance. The above information is provided as assistance based on information, which you have provided to Tarkenton Institute, Inc. Tarkenton Institute, Inc. has not undertaken to confirm the accuracy of such information nor perform thorough investigation in providing a response. You should not rely on this response as authoritative in making business decisions; this service is not a substitute for counsel with respect to specific matters of law, tax, investment, or other disciplines where review of the facts, circumstances and relevant rules could and should be undertaken.

Tarkenton Institute, Inc. attempts to provide meaningful assistance, but the information provided in its responses may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Tarkenton Institute, Inc.'s assistance is provided without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. In no event shall Tarkenton Institute, Inc. be liable for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, under any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of information provided by way of this assistance program. Please be advised that our editorial staff for the website or any of our other publications may use portions of your question. Your name will not appear without your permission. If you object to our publishing your question, please contact us immediately.

Last updated on May 15, 2010