by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 25, 2014

Conducting Background Checks

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Whatever unpleasant associations background checks may bring up, they can form an important facet of your due diligence for your small business. It’€™s not just about criminal matters, although that’s a part of it. For example, if you intend to hire an employee to handle sensitive financial matters, you’d want to know whether they have a previous […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 24, 2014

Hello Goodbye

Yes, it’s the title of a Beatles song. But “hello goodbye” also reflects those the awkward feelings raised by having to confront the “what happens if this doesn’t work out?” question that lurks behind all partnerships, strategic alliances and other business relationships. “Why do I have to focus on things going wrong?” entrepreneurs ask me. […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 23, 2014

What Are You Grateful For? (Don’t Be a Turkey!)

“What are you grateful for?” I ask that question in my pre-Thanksgiving issue of All Systems Go! I said: I’m grateful to all of YOU who read All Systems Go! and reach out to share your thoughts and ideas. Grateful to family and friends for all their support (especially my husband, Joe) in helping me ROCK my […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 22, 2014

The Nuts and Bolts of Running a Business–on 9/23

They say that when it rains, it pours.  After a quiet summer, I find myself with 4 speaking presentations taking place within a single week!  In addition to #smallbizchat, a roundtable on buying a business, and teaching a class on protecting your IP for the Levin Institute, I’ll be a panelist at the NYT Small […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 21, 2014

How a Shortcut Can Lead to a Long Road

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Life is short. Time is limited. So when you see that someone has phrased something “just right,” can you take it?  Even just a wee snippet? Aw, c’mon! I came across the example of a consultant who wanted to use song lyrics in publishing her book. The U.S. Copyright Office said “ask for permission.”  A […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 20, 2014

10 Boneheaded Reasons to Get Sued for Breach of Contract

You provide your services 7 weeks late without explanation You don’t have the expertise to do what the client wants You share the client’s confidential information on Twitter You overcharge the client for “miscellaneous expenses” You filch someone else’s digital photos and upload them to your client’s website You don’t listen to what your client […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 19, 2014

Business Partner Disappears. What Now?

From the Department of Business Partnership Nightmares comes this plea for help from LordMJ: Here’s the skinny: Partner 1 and Partner 2 met in corporate America and started a venture together when both had full-time jobs Partner 1 left the corporate job and entered grad school, ostensibly to help the business (and supposedly by mutual […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 18, 2014

Business Partnerships with #smallbizchat on 9/22!

Join me on September 22nd as I share my thoughts, lessons, and humor on business partnerships with the Twitterverse!  Yes, it’s a brave new world I’m entering, thanks to Melinda Emerson, The Small Biz Lady, and her #smallbizchat show.  Every Wednesday, she hosts a weekly Twitter chat – focusing on everything that small business owners need […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 17, 2014

RESCHEDULED: Avoiding 'Business Divorce'–TH, 8/5 at 10:30 a.m. ET

Sorry for the inconvenience–my segment on “Avoiding Business Divorce” has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. (ET) If you can’t listen in live to our business partnership discussion, make sure you check back in for the replay. Have questions about business partnerships you’d want to “Ask The Business Lawyer”?  Listen in–on 8/5 […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 16, 2014

Paying Back Private Investors

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Any time you accept money from someone else to help your business grow, you should put that relationship in writing. Many a lawsuit has been brought because of misunderstandings about (1) how much would be provided, (2) when the money would be provided, (3) whether there were benchmarks that needed to be achieved in order […]

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