Business Essentials

I’ve seen this joke in many guises.  There’s the information technology specialist and the businessman; the politician and the scientist.  Here’s one for lawyer and client (and, yeah, they were all written as “he”). Enjoy! “Business Partners” A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots […]

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In light of this week’s national “activities,” here’s a question about presidents–of corporations, that is. Q.: Can you change the president of a corporation? And if the president dies, who takes over? A.: Sure you can change the president of a corporation. But, like our national government, you have to have an election. And if […]

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Atten-SHUN! Welcome to “Basic Training,” a new spin on legal issues that I’m introducing. We all know that entrepreneurship is not a smooth ride. There’s no magic bullet, no “instant formula” to which you can just add water and–POOF!–find you have a fully grown and functioning company. Entrepreneurs ask me legal (and quite a few […]

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If you slept in this past Sunday morning (and normally, I would, too), you may have missed my segment on MSNBC’s “Your Business” where I was part of a panel that included venture attorney Jennifer E. Hill and National Federation of Independent Business chief economist, Bill Dunkelberg. What’s your take on the economy? How has […]

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Many thanks to attorney Anthony Cerminaro’s BizzBangBuzz blog for bringing this tidbit to my attention.This handy article, which appeared in Business Intelligence Lowdown earlier this year, lists 101 common sense management tips for entrepreneurs.What floored me was that all 101 tips appear in the article (and not in a link to purchase a book for $197.00)! […]

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What if you found out about a huge untapped market for your products and services . . . a market of at least $200 billion?  A market eager to find reliable women-owned businesses to work with?  A market that has regular needs?  A market unlikely to disappear anytime soon?  Wouldn’t that market be worth a […]

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Owning a successful business takes lots of different knowledge and know-how to get it running smoothly—which includes avoiding risks.  Yet many entrepreneurs forge full steam ahead without professional legal advice … for a variety of reasons. Cost. Fear. Ego, to name a few. But without it, seemingly small missteps like “oops, my independent contractor should […]

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The first Monday in September wasn’t always considered an official rest from work. According to the Department of Labor’s website, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. Over time, the movement to recognize Labor Day grew–first with a handful of municipal ordinances, then state legislation. Finally, […]

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As a winner of the SBA’s Women in Business Champion of the Year Award during Small Business Week [see the press release here], I was invited (required?) to give a short speech.  3-5 minutes. Now I’m not one to shy away from an opportunity to address an audience (“kosher ham” that I am).  But the challenge […]

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Women-owned companies that need help with small business need look no further than software engineer Laurie Simon and her Kirkland, Washington Ombrella Consulting.  I had the pleasure of encountering Laurie because she beat me. 🙂 No, not literally, but figuratively in this year’s SBA Small Business Awards.  As some of you may recall, I had the […]

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