by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 21, 2018

The Delicate (and Often Lost) Art of Negotiation

“Do the ends justify the means?” is an age-old philosophical query. Melissa Thoma (a sister WomenEntrepreneur.com columnist, I might add), poses a similar question in her article, “Master the Art of Partner Negotiation.” Is the outcome of a negotiation as important as the process? “Couples get so caught up in claiming their space on the lifeboat […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 18, 2018

How to Choose and Use Attorneys

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I have vivid (and not always pleasant) memories of the dating scene. There’s a huge amount of pressure to find “the right one.” But how can you know? Who’s really ideal for you? The answers to those questions take a certain amount of introspection. First, you have to know your needs and desires. Do you […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 15, 2018

SBA Small Business Awards–Meet Our National Winner!

Women-owned companies that need help with small business need look no further than software engineer Laurie Simon and her Kirkland, Washington Ombrella Consulting.  I had the pleasure of encountering Laurie because she beat me. 🙂 No, not literally, but figuratively in this year’s SBA Small Business Awards.  As some of you may recall, I had the […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 12, 2018

Nice Girls Don’t Ask

It should come as no surprise that men and women are still treated unequally in the workplace, with women being both paid less and underrepresented in top jobs in corporate America. But there is another, subtler source of inequality that can affect entrepreneurs, too: Women often don’t get what they want and deserve because they […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 9, 2018

Could the Dr. Oz model work for your business?

“I. Don’t. Have. Time. To. Grow. My. Business,” said Mark through clenched teeth. I could hear the frustration in the clipped tones. The resentment. The weariness. Trying to keep a lid on it all. And fearing he was always just one step away from a “volcano moment.” Mark’s digital design firm depends heavily on his […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 6, 2018

Doing Your Partnership Due Diligence

Well, it seems that even the powerful get duped in their dealings.  From the Washington Post, comes the story of Hunter and James Biden, sons of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), who are suing a former business partner for fraud, claiming he lied about his professional credentials and finances.  One of the claims is […]

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A common suggestion for effective networking is “Get involved.” So we join organizations and nonprofit groups with the hope that, as we serve in a leadership capacity, we are also piquing the interest of others who might want to use our services–or be willing to refer us to others who do. When the opportunity does […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 31, 2018

The Simple but Powerful Reasons for Corporate Minutes

Every year, many business owners choose to incorporate their companies. They may make this decision at the outset, or may arrive at it later because their business is growing and they want to shield themselves from the risks that growing businesses face. Either way, the business owners want to limit the extent to which their […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 28, 2018

When Only the Lawyers Get Rich

From the Department of Cautionary Tales comes this instructive story from Richard Fox on the Kauffman (sadly, no relation — not even spelled the same way) Foundation’s Entrepreneurship site. It’s the story of a partnership turned very ugly.  Betrayed by the partner who tried to sell out from under him on the day of his […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 25, 2018

If I Give Credit, Is It Copyright Infringement?

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I recently gave a teleclass on intellectual property issues for small business owners. One of the questions that came up is whether it’s okay to use someone else’€™s content (in this case, transcribing a podcast and posting it in its entirety) on your own blog as long as you give the proper attribution. The short answer […]

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