by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 30, 2015

How to Manage Your Business’s Online Reputation

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Not strictly information concerning legal issues . . . but if you don’t properly manage your company’s online reputation, you could find all sorts of trouble a-brewing for your business.  Check out the article written by my colleague, Jennifer Schiff, in SmallBusinessComputing.com

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 29, 2015

What Entrepreneurs Should Know about Equipment Leasing

Cash flow challenges present a dilemma that many entrepreneurs face. You need to grow, but lack the available cash to invest in the growth. For example, you may need a computer network, or telephone system, and the sticker price sends you into an anaphylactic shock. What’s a business owner to do? Thankfully, for some, there […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 28, 2015

How to survive the recession? Review your partnership strategies

These days, I’m seeing a number of business owners come to me, looking to dissolve their companies.  But not the for the reasons you may think. Business is fine — okay, maybe not going gangbusters, but doing alright.  Everyone’s healthy.  It’s that the tighter times have made them re-evaluate what they’re doing and whom they’re […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 27, 2015

How to Ensure Employee Effectiveness

Like other asset investments in your business, employees require care and maintenance to make sure they function at peak performance. You can’t just ignore them like office furniture and leave them sitting in the corner. They won’t develop into their fullest potential with that attitude. One of the most important needs — as employees and […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 26, 2015

Peeking Under the Hood of Your Strategic Alliance

A strategic alliance offers a lot of promise to companies both local and global.  The promise of new markets.  The promise of ways to better serve existing markets.  The promise of, frankly, more money rolling in.  That’s all good.  But there are aspects to investigating your strategic alliance partner that many companies fail to do […]

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Q.: If I am bonded, do I also need to be insured? A.: The terms “bonded” and “insured” are frequently misunderstood. While surety bonding is a type of small business insurance and each involves coverage for a financial risk or loss, the types of losses covered are generally different.  Surety bonds usually refer to a […]

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

Of Icebergs and Elephants

One of the advantages to blogging on business partnership issues is that it’s a wonderful conversation catalyst. Everyone has a story to tell! As I was waiting on line to get coffee at the recent BlogHer for Business conference, I was regaled with a sad tale of woe, disappointment, and destructive passive-aggressive behavior. Seems that […]

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

When a Business Deal Seems Too Good to be True . . . .

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. . . it probably is. Don’€™t you remember your mother telling you, “Don’t buy a pig in a poke?” when you wanted to plunk down large sums of money for a major purchase without perusing Consumer Reports? She wanted you to be sure that that stereo (or car or refrigerator) was good quality, long-lasting, […]

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

Is Barter A Smart Business Model?

I’m often asked by cash-strapped entrepreneurs whether they could “pay” me through barter – exchanging my legal services for whatever it was they were offering. And there’s always a rags-to-riches tale that can be told where the young business owner got her start (and her company got a real boost) because she was able to […]

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

Franchises–Where Fools Rush In…

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Franchises can be an attractive way to start a business. There’s already a system in place; you know (if you’ve done your due diligence) it’s a proven, profitable model; and the franchisor provides you with ready resources. But “fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” said English poet Alexander Pope. And franchises can be […]

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