by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 24, 2016

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 May 24, 2016

Success Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women

Women are the fastest growing segment of business owners in the United States. Terrific for economic growth in our country, but wait!  There’s a caveat:  compared to male business owners, women entrepreneurs tend to have smaller companies, generate less revenue and employ fewer people. So what’s holding them back? Tune in to these episodes of […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 23, 2016

The Growth Strategist on Strategic Alliances

Want to learn about strategic alliances in action?  Listen to this podcast from Aldonna Ambler, “The Growth Strategist,” as she interviews Michael Pires, President of HR411.com.  Pires talks about: How rapid growth can be driven by strategic partnerships How and why he changed his business model What it took to grow their customer base from […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 20, 2016

7 Employee Risks that Can Take Down a Business

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Need I say more? Check out this article from my colleague, Anna Lieber, as seen in The New York Enterprise Report. All the more reason to have an employee manual to provide guidance on acceptable (and unacceptable) workplace behavior!

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For companies with employees, there’s a new rule in town (at least, in Chicago’s federal court): Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, women cannot be fired from their jobs for needing time off for infertility treatments. As reported in the Wall Street Journal online, the ruling involved “a secretary who was laid off after taking time […]

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The United States Supreme Court ruled recently that as long as an employer has a legitimate work-related purpose, and the search is reasonable in scope, then employers can review their employees’ text messages when those messages are sent or received on an employer-provided device. Attorney Bradley Gross, Esq., parses through the decision and what it […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 11, 2016

‘I Don’t Want to Get Lawyers Involved’

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This week, I received a frantic call from “Rosie,” who had been referred by a colleague of mine. She plunked down a huge chunk of change (well into the five figures) to buy a day spa from the current owner. The seller told her he wanted to get out of the business because he wanted […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 8, 2016

Partnership Q&A: Business partners with different visions

From Ask Entrepreneur, comes this Q&A on an issue that arises quite frequently in business partnerships: Q.: How do you deal with business partners who have a different vision for the future of your business? Read on to learn mediator and conflict management expert Dr. Eleanor Robin’s response to this thorny question!

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 5, 2016

Why Small Businesses Fail

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Does this sound like you: “I’ll just work harder and sell more stuff/get more clients. That’ll turn my financials around.” Well, as Jay Goltz says in his FSB article, “Why Small Businesses Fail,” working harder won’t fix a broken businesses model.  You’ll either face burnout, or worse, a bevy of legal headaches resulting from your […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 5, 2016

Legal Lessons for Women Business Owners – Part 2

You don’t need a law degree to navigate common legal issues as you grow your business—if you pay close attention to this radio show, where I participate in a roundtable discussion with attorneys Nance L. Shick and Renee L. Duff. There are many important things to keep in mind as a business owner – particularly […]

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