by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 18, 2020

Legal Lessons for Women Business Owners – Part 3

Owning a successful business takes lots of different knowledge and know-how to get it running smoothly—which includes avoiding risks.  Yet many entrepreneurs forge full steam ahead without professional legal advice … for a variety of reasons. Cost. Fear. Ego, to name a few. But without it, seemingly small missteps like “oops, my independent contractor should […]

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by on January 12, 2020

Never Again: Honoring September 11th

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Although my colleague, Howard Greenstein, wrote his post “How to Honor September 11th” several years ago, I still think it has enormous value today. Wouldn’t it be something if we really could turn this day into a day of community service? On September 11th, people made the ultimate sacrifice for our ignoring the warning signs […]

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by on January 6, 2020

The Devil Is in the Details

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I hear a lot of complaints from business owners about not getting paid . . . cash flow is an issue . . . and they’re concerned about meeting their own obligations. But when we start to explore how they can protect themselves from slow payers, I find that they’ve often left themselves exposed. Here […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 3, 2020

How to Avoid Business Plateau Syndrome

“There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’.” “It takes a village.” Or my favorite, “You don’t sharpen a knife against a sponge.” All of which is meant to say, if you want a successful business, don’t go it alone. I learned this the hard way.  For years I thought having a more senior business partner would be […]

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Threats to our business can take many forms:natural disasters, like tropical storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, fire, or flood.There are outside threats, like terrorism . . . or a sagging economy.They are difficult enough to weather.More insidious are the threats that we invite into our business with open, and unsuspecting, arms. Employees, visitors, vendors, clients – we […]

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This just in from the annals of Business Partner Horror Stories. Imagine going into work one day and your partner doesn’t show up.  Calls to his home ring and ring with no answering machine picking up.  Calls to the cellphone get sent straight to voice mail.  No response to your emails.  This goes on for […]

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Beginning tomorrow, award-winning global brand analyst Mary van de Wiel (aka Van) and nine other creative visionaries (including moi) will share their insider strategies with entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and startup CEOs through a FREE online Brand Reinvention Summit.  This innovative summit is designed to help struggling businesses rethink, revitalize and repackage their brands to get […]

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by on December 22, 2019

If You Had Only One Question . . . ?

From Daneen Skube, Ph.D., in the Seattle Times came this question-and-answer about business partnership: <<Q. I’m thinking of going into business partnership with my friend. Is there any question I should consider to help me make a decision? A: Yes — would you marry your friend? Marriages are not the only unions that have a bad […]

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As you look back on the past year, and think about planning for the future, you’ll ask yourself a question reminiscent of New York City’s former Mayor Ed Koch, “How’m I doin’?” So how are you doing? Did you have a good year and meet your targets? Is your business healthy, with a strong foundation? […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 16, 2019

What The Experts Say You Need to Know About Raising Capital

Venture capital attorney Jennifer Hill took a few minutes with me to talk about business owners who are raising capital – and what they need to know so that they avoid making big, costly mistakes. Jennifer and I spoke about working with traditional venture capital and private equity firms and the changing landscape of crowd-funding, […]

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