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

Working Wiggle Room into Your Deadlines

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Don’t ask me where the time has flown!My computer crashed on Friday the 7th, so my trusty tech support, ZEI Ltd., commandeered the machine for the day.Over the weekend, I celebrated my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding anniversary with them.Monday was filled with doctor’s appointments, and Tuesday and Wednesday disappeared in a haze of meetings and […]

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

Food for Thought on Strategic Partnerships

Consultant Mark Howell has a tidbit on the power and benefits of strategic partnerships that’s really worth pondering carefully over a nice cup of tea (or a beer, whatever’s your pleasure).  Many companies are so eager to grow that they try to be all things to all people, without first having found a way to […]

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

Your ‘Contractor’ Might Be an Employee

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The amount of control you have over your workers affects their legal definition. Entrepreneurs continually face an age-old conundrum: You can’t grow your company without hiring more people. But you can’t hire anyone until the company has grown enough to afford employees. That’s why independent contractors are often an attractive option. They save business owners […]

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

How can I transfer stock from an old business partner?

Q.:  How do I completely transfer stock from an old business partner back to myself?   A.:  You have not indicated if you and your old business partner are the only shareholders of this corporation or if there is a shareholder agreement that contains restrictions on, or procedures for, stock transfer. Assuming that there are […]

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

How NOT to Propose a Joint Venture

Strategic alliances, joint ventures, collaborations . . . whatever you want to call them . . . are very delicate creatures.  Like other relationships, your “intended” wants to feel special, wants to be comforted in the knowledge that there is a meaningful reason your two companies have come together.  You don’t want to find out […]

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

Watch Your Language!

When you go to a networking event and someone asks, “What do you do?” what do you say? Do you answer with an “I” statement, like “I handle pest control for high-end hotels” … or “I help business owners build an effective workforce” … of “I [fill in the blank]”? Even if you use “We […]

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

Help! I Want to Dump My Partner!

Let’s leave aside the fact that the title of the article alone made me laugh.  Have a look at Marian Banker‘s wonderful article, “Help! I Want to Dump My Partner!”  Marian, a business leadership coach and founder of Prime Strategies, clearly summarizes the awkwardness and agony of what it’s like to be a partnership or long-standing […]

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

Credit Card Companies Slashing Credit Lines

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Just when you thought it was safe to use your business credit card to buffer the not-quite-robust-cash-flow experience you’ve been having, check again. This recent article from the Wall Street Journal online indicates that companies such as American Express are slashing credit lines–even for solid customers–when they are deemed a “credit risk.” If you check […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 13, 2014

My Trademark Was Granted–I’m Done . . . Right?

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Oh, it should be so easy.  Let’s face it, if securing and protecting trademarks were simple, any fifth-grader would be able to do it. You’ve had sleepless nights coming up with that oh-so-fabulous brand that will rock the world (or at least your market niche). You sweated out the search process, making sure that no one […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 12, 2014

10 Reasons to Form a Strategic Business Alliance

Yammer, yammer — for many, “strategic alliance” is just jargon and Newspeak.  One of the curious things about strategic alliances is that they can take a wide variety of forms — just like personal relationships — so it’s hard to pin them down. On the premise that 1+1=3 (or, as my colleague, sales trainer Rochelle […]

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