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

Basic Training: W is for When Did Drinking Games Go Online?

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OK, so maybe my age is showing (it hasn’t been that many years since college, has it?), but I thought that drinking games were idiot party tricks made up on the spot by frat boys sitting around a keg of watered-down beer trying to get into the panties of the coeds. Apparently, it’s now a […]

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

The New Small: Innovations in Small Business Technology

I love it when people are able to demystify really technical stuff. Phil Simon does a great job of that in his recently-released book, The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technology. The New Small profiles a number of companies who have creatively and intelligently used […]

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

Save the Date: 10/6 at 8pm ET — Next Tuesday!

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FREE teleseminar, previewing my soon-to-be-released home study course on how to choose a business partner who won’t [bleep] you.  One week from today!  http://bit.ly/rjTsD

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

Getting a ‘Return on Relationship’

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In a world where Ashton Kutcher pushes to get 1 million followers on Twitter, it’s sometimes hard to believe that networking and developing alliances isn’t just a numbers game. For most of us mere mortals, though, it’s not.It’s about relationships. It’s about contributing to a community and providing value. As Staci Shelton asks in her […]

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

Do I need a new employer tax ID for a new line of services?

Q.:  My current business is in transportation services and I would like to also offer consulting services. But with the current business name having the word “transportation” in it, clients might not identify the new consulting services. Is a new employer tax ID needed to start a new branch of my current business with a […]

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

When’s the right time for a business name change?

Q.:  I recently started a limited liability company but have not purchased a company with it yet. I also haven’t set up any credit accounts or bank account for it. My goal is to establish good business credit, which may in part assist me in purchasing a business. Would undergoing a business name change for […]

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

A Battle Over Venture Capital for Small Businesses

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It’s never easy being a small business.  It’s hard enough to qualify for venture capital funding . . . and yet receiving it could disqualify you from other small business incentives through the Small Business Administration and other government programs.  It’s a “damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t” conundrum. According to a recent report in the New York Times, Jason […]

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

How empty is your cup?

Used to be, I thought being super-busy was a sign of … oh, I don’t know … Greatness? Fabulous business acumen? Being in demand? But after reflecting on this week, I realize I’ve done what Benjamin Franklin says never to:  confuse motion with action. Was I in motion? Sure. Did anything move forward? Not so […]

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

How Small Businesses Handle Employee Holidays

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Weeks like last week can provide great respite or great anxiety for small business owners.Either (like me) they’re delighted to have extra time off (or at least a quieter week to handle the administrative nonsense that never seems to end), or they’re frustrated because all of their employees want the same time off and they […]

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

Life Outside Your Sweet Spot Ain’t So Sweet

How many times do you need to hit yourself in the head with a hammer before you get the lesson? Over the years, it took me several times (with different types of hammers) to learn to identify my niche market (“sweet spot”) and stick with it. I remember a landlord/tenant matter that my then-law partner […]

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