Ever been hit up to invest in a friend’s or family member’s business? Is it wise to do so—given that you know them so well? What steps should you take when asked to invest (or lend money for) a loved one’s business? Tune in to Wall Street Journal Radio, where I sit down with Veronica […]
Women are the fastest growing segment of business owners in the United States. Terrific for economic growth in our country, but wait! There’s a caveat: compared to male business owners, women entrepreneurs tend to have smaller companies, generate less revenue and employ fewer people. So what’s holding them back? Tune in to these episodes of […]
Want to learn about strategic alliances in action? Listen to this podcast from Aldonna Ambler, “The Growth Strategist,” as she interviews Michael Pires, President of HR411.com. Pires talks about: How rapid growth can be driven by strategic partnerships How and why he changed his business model What it took to grow their customer base from […]
Need I say more? Check out this article from my colleague, Anna Lieber, as seen in The New York Enterprise Report. All the more reason to have an employee manual to provide guidance on acceptable (and unacceptable) workplace behavior!
For companies with employees, there’s a new rule in town (at least, in Chicago’s federal court): Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, women cannot be fired from their jobs for needing time off for infertility treatments. As reported in the Wall Street Journal online, the ruling involved “a secretary who was laid off after taking time […]
This week, I received a frantic call from “Rosie,” who had been referred by a colleague of mine. She plunked down a huge chunk of change (well into the five figures) to buy a day spa from the current owner. The seller told her he wanted to get out of the business because he wanted […]
From Ask Entrepreneur, comes this Q&A on an issue that arises quite frequently in business partnerships: Q.: How do you deal with business partners who have a different vision for the future of your business? Read on to learn mediator and conflict management expert Dr. Eleanor Robin’s response to this thorny question!
Does this sound like you: “I’ll just work harder and sell more stuff/get more clients. That’ll turn my financials around.” Well, as Jay Goltz says in his FSB article, “Why Small Businesses Fail,” working harder won’t fix a broken businesses model. You’ll either face burnout, or worse, a bevy of legal headaches resulting from your […]
You don’t need a law degree to navigate common legal issues as you grow your business—if you pay close attention to this radio show, where I participate in a roundtable discussion with attorneys Nance L. Shick and Renee L. Duff. There are many important things to keep in mind as a business owner – particularly […]