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

How Your Service Business Can Leverage IP for Growth [PODCAST]

Tired of the time-for-dollars model in your service business? Fed up with feast-or-famine in your cash flow? Eager to discover alternative ways to have greater impact and income? Listen in as we interview Sarah Farzam, the Founder and Director of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music program for young children in New York […]

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

Do You Have Your Life Partner’s Buy-In for Your Business?

Reproduced from my weekly ezine LexAppeal: Business partners come in different flavors, like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.There are active partners – the ones who are toiling at their desks and have rolled up their sleeves with you.There are silent partners — often the ones who have given your company a shot of well-needed capital, and […]

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

Basic Training: A is for Adolescent

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Ah, youth. I wish I had been so motivated to change the world when I was a teen. I was more concerned with how geeky I looked in braces and participating in nerdy things like student government. Here’s how this week’s teen wants to make a difference: Q: I am trying to start up a […]

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

Using Strategic Alliances to Grow Your Business

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In this economy, cash may be too tight to indulge in those grand expansion plans.  But have you considered looking in your own backyard?  That is, by leveraging the business relationships you already have? Join me at NAWBO-NYC’s Entrepreneur’s Roundtable from 6 to 9 p.m.  Through an interactive workshop, we’ll explore how to: Think strategically […]

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

Are you one of the happiest entrepreneurs in the U.S.?

Nancy and I were sitting on a chic white leather couch at Pranna, one of NYC’s newer Indo-Asian-fusion restaurants. Having a glass of wine. Exotic music thumping in the background. The after-party of a speed-networking event. Nancy has owned her consulting business for about five years, having left the stifling corridors of corporate America. She […]

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

What Lawsuits Cost Small Businesses

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What will $105 billion get you? For some, it equals the gross domestic product of a small island nation in the Caribbean. However, here in the United States, it’s the burden that small businesses shoulder in tort liability costs. As reported on Small Business Trends, a recent study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal […]

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

Is Your Business a Salable Asset?

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Well, is it?  Have you created a company or a product line that someone might want to buy, or have you worked yourself into a job where, if you take time off, you don’t earn money? If you’re in the New York City area, join me at the Brain Exchange Roundtable from 6 to 8 […]

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

The Law Firm Partnership Agreement that Failed

I recently had an “OMG. Are you kidding me?!?!” moment when I came across NYT reporter John Eligon’s article on a law firm breakup, “For the Lords of Divorce, A Breakup.” The principals of Sheresky, Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan were no babes in the woods, wet behind the ears, green, unsophisticated, inexperienced, naive [insert synonym of […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 15, 2014

Is Entrepreneurship the Great Neutralizer?

In a post last month, The Importance of Similar Goals, I wrote about the story of two entrepreneurs who opened a Cartridge World franchise. That, on its face, might not be so compelling that you’d want to put down your mouse, stop sipping your coffee, and ponder the extraordinary opportunities that entrepreneurship provides.  But add […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 14, 2014

Asset Protection: Why forming a company may not be enough

So you thought you had your bases covered when you formed your corporation (or LLC) for your new business.  But forming a company alone may not be enough.  (Surprise!  Ugh.) Yes, you wanted to protect your personal assets from business creditors … but are your business assets protected from personal creditors?  Personal creditors can include: […]

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