by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 22, 2018

A Sweet Beginning to a Strategic Alliance

In my opinion, there are few more delectable words in the English language than . . . chocolate.    So it’s with great enjoyment that I learned of the sweet new strategic supply and innovation alliance between The Hershey Company and Barry Callebaut.  The companies will collaborate on a number of activities including the construction […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 19, 2018

Learn to Delegate

If you look up the definition of “control freak” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find my picture.  It’s not in my nature to delegate—and the same often holds true for business owners in general.  Many are fiercely independent … but there comes a point when that ferocity prevents success – if it keeps you from […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 16, 2018

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 Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 13, 2018

Uncover the Stories Behind Business Entities

You’ve felt that glimmer of the Divine impulse – that insistent idea whispering in your ear saying: “start a business . . . start a business . . . .” You have experience in your field. You’ve done your homework on determining the right clients for you, where you’d want to locate the business, who […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 10, 2018

25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship

In her post, “The 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship,” Holly Reisem Hanna raises a curious point:  When we look at, or think to create, a “Best” list, why do so few women appear?  [Except, of course, situations like her list, where she specifically sought out women].  And nu? The Peer Index of several […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 7, 2018

A Simple Solution to Verbal Agreements

A simple solution? Who says there’s a problem with verbal agreements? As a lawyer who has had to litigate contract cases involving verbal agreements, I say, “I do.” Do you remember playing the game “telephone” as a kid? Where you are supposed to repeat the exact phrase that the person on your left whispers into […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 4, 2018

Business Law Basics: Contract Essentials

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Today, I feel vindicated. I just came across Laura Bell’s post, “Business Law Basics,” which reminds me of my apartment after it’s cleaned: neat, fresh and pleasant. Her point, delivered gently, is that too many entrepreneurs do deals without having a written contract. It’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight: You may be prepared […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 1, 2018

The New Small: Innovations in Small Business Technology

I love it when people are able to demystify really technical stuff. Phil Simon does a great job of that in his recently-released book, The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technology. The New Small profiles a number of companies who have creatively and intelligently used […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 29, 2018

Getting F!&@$%#!d with a Franchise

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A sad tale of woe crossed my desk.  Seems that, a couple of months ago, an unsuspecting entrepreneur from Mexico bought into a U.S. franchise to import products to Mexico. She sent her 25 percent deposit (many thousands of dollars) to reserve the franchise for her city, but the franchisor cannot get the documents that she requires to […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 26, 2018

Divorcing Your Business Partner in a Family Business

This isn’t just business divorce, it’s “real” divorce.  The business divorce is the icing on the cake and people fight over it the way they do over children, favorite pets, or heirlooms. There are two main ways a family business can be owned.  (1) One spouse owns the business.  In that case, the non-owner spouse […]

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