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

DIY and Fail

If you ever watched cheesy Saturday afternoon B movies featuring the Hydra—the many-headed mythological sea serpent—you’ve seen an image of an entrepreneur. (And definitely me on a bad day!)   Everyone knows you have to wear a lot of hats when you start your own business.  Even with a partner or two, there are more […]

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

How to Choose an Advisor–Top 5 Questions You Want to Ask

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I was sitting with a colleague, Matt Clifford of The Island Financial Group last week, chatting about a range of things: the economy, is the administration’s Stimulus Package truly stimulating (or is it a handout), and how small business owners can protect themselves. Our conversation then moved to “whom can you trust?” With the seemingly […]

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

“Dishing” on Business Partnerships for StartUps

“The Restaurant” was the classic partnership pairing:  Rocco DiSpirito, chef extraordinaire (or at least ego extraordinaire — which makes for good TV), and Jeffrey Chodorow (the money guy).  And the feuding they displayed, according to Laura Petrecca’s article in American Chronicle, is what commonly goes on behind closed doors in many partnerships. So what’s the […]

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

What can you learn from Bill the Bull?

Bill the Bull stares at me with brown glassy eyes. He sits forlornly in the middle of a large, padded basement pen in a dark midtown NYC restaurant. The damp hint of stale beer gently lingers in the air. His sad face beckons “Play with me! Play with me!” The nearly-empty room ignores him. (It […]

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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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