by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 25, 2015

What to Do When Your Financing Freezes

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This climate is exceptionally frustrating for entrepreneurs–a lot of the taxpayer stimulus money that was supposed to be sent to the banks to make loans to small businesses is being held up either in legislative approvals or by the banks themselves, which are tightening access to credit like a noose. I know many small-business owners […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 24, 2015

Avoiding liability for at home business injuries to children

Q.: I’m starting up a children’s art class business in my home and would like to know how to protect myself from being sued in case of injuries to children. I can’t afford to pay for insurance at this time and although I don’t have anything dangerous in my studio, I would rather be safe […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 23, 2015

10 Tips for Developing Great Clients

“Properly trained, a man can be a dog’s best friend”, said Corey Ford, the 20th century American writer. And properly trained, well-behaved clients can be your best friends, too. We all have them: the clients we love to hear from or speak to, with whom we share laughter and fun and intimate stories – whose […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 22, 2015

Uncomfortable Terminating a Problem Employee? Get Over It!

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Yes, it sounds very Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque, but most business owners face the point when they have to look an employee squarely in the eye and say, “You’ve been terminated.” Does the prospect make you uncomfortable? Probably. Should you avoid it and mollycoddle the employee in the hopes of a turnaround? Absolutely not. There comes a […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 21, 2015

New Exposure to Employee Retaliation?

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It probably passed unnoticed by most people, but the Supreme Court handed down a decision recently that raised more than just a few eyebrows in the legal community. In the case of CBOCS West v. Humphries, a black manager at a Cracker Barrel restaurant filed suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (now codified […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 20, 2015

Basic Training: Ants and Aardvarks in the Trademark World

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Q: I have a small business in which I sell bails for jewelry. Another company (of course larger than mine) is claiming I’m infringing when the two items don’t even look alike. What should I do?  A: For those of us Saturday morning cartoon fiends, this is reminiscent of the Ant and the Aardvark. The aardvark, much […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 19, 2015

Basic Training: G is for Get Your House in Order

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When you start a business and it doesn’t do well, there can be consequences. Financial ones, especially. If you want to stick it to your creditors and walk away from the whole depressing, unprofitable endeavor, you can–that is, you have the ability to, provided that you’ve formed a limited liability entity, and “fraud” is not […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 18, 2015

Today’s the Day for the Inside Scoop on Partnerships!

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Turn off the TV.  Leave the e-mail alone for an hour.  The kids will fend for themselves.  It’s time for your Hour of Power–and learning how to create a business partnership that works. Just one hour–8 to 9 p.m. ET–can take you from tailspin to steady . . .  so make sure to sign up for […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 17, 2015

Small business insurance for virtual offices

Q.: What type of small business insurance is needed for a virtual office situation that spans more than one state?  My small business is an S-Corp with employees in Florida. A.: Regardless of your form of business entity, having small business insurance provides another important level of protection. There are various kinds of small business […]

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A DBA – or Doing Business As name – will keep your business in good legal standing, so it’s a good idea to file a DBA as soon as possible after launching your company. The DBA or Fictitious Business Name designation was created as a form of consumer protection, to prevent business owners from operating […]

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