by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 22, 2017

Be There! The 3rd Annual PA Business Tech Conference

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If you’re looking for a rising star in the urban firmament (and a great place to do business), look no further than Pittsburgh.  “Pittsburgh?” you say, barely concealing your surprise and disgust.  “Isn’t that just an old steel town?” No longer.  With major industry changes in the 1980s, Pittsburgh shifted its economic base to education, […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 19, 2017

When In Doubt, Settle Your Lawsuit

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Writer and humorist Ambrose Bierce (1842-c1914) once wrote of litigation: “[It is] a machine which you go into as a pig, and come out of as a sausage.” The sentiment still holds true today. The New York Times reported on a recently released study of civil trials, which indicated that plaintiffs who settled their cases […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 16, 2017

Legal Niceties of Naming A Business

Make sure the name you want is available, then register and protect it. “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet. “[A] rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Many entrepreneurs would disagree. Since Adam named the animals in the Garden of Eden, we have understood the power of “naming.” That’s […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 13, 2017

Women’s Business Ownership Act Turns 20

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Last week, Small Business Adminsitration executives celebrated the anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988.  According to an SBA press release, the pioneering legislation, also known as H.R. 5050, created the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, the SBA’s Women’s Business Center (WBC) program, and the National Women’s Business Council […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 10, 2017

Why Not to Download Your Employee Handbook from the Internet

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Because “one size does not fit all.” And because “you get what you pay for.” In “a whopper of a sexual harrassment claim” (thanks to blog author Jon Hyman for the turn of phrase I couldn’t resist), the case of EEOC v. V & J Foods, Inc., a Burger King franchise had an employee manual that […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 7, 2017

On Dangerous Thongs and Other Products

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Damaged corneas were probably not what Victoria’s Secret had in mind when it designed its cheeky (ha, ha) little “low-rise v-string” (part of the “Sexy Little Thing” line). According to a lawsuit brought by a California woman last month (see Today show interview), the thong flew apart and struck her in the eye. She declined […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 4, 2017

The Right Business Partners for Your Conscious Business

I’ve had a lot of experience with business partners.  Some I’ve chosen more consciously than others.  Like dating in college, some business partners you end up with because you weren’t thinking clearly (how much did I have to drink?); other business partners are divinely inspired choices. Listen in to my interview with Sam Liebowitz, “The […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 26, 2017

Should you invest in your dopey nephew’s business?

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 […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 23, 2017

How to Lease Office Space–A Saga in 3 Parts

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From the “I-couldn’t-have-said-it-more-thoroughly-myself” department, here is a series of helpful posts from Texas attorney Ryan Roberts (“The Startup Lawyer”) on the ins and outs of leasing office space (and not getting ripped off in the process). Part 1: Why much of what is in a lease is not boilerplate, despite the microscopic print. Understanding the […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 20, 2017

IRS Phone Forum–Free!–on May 21

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From the people you love to hate, the IRS is offering a phone forum on Wednesday, May 21. All you need is internet access and a separate phone line. For registration information, visit the IRS Site. Here is what the forum will cover: Learn what you need to know as a small business owner: Classifying […]

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