Business Essentials

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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It should come as no surprise that men and women are still treated unequally in the workplace, with women being both paid less and underrepresented in top jobs in corporate America. But there is another, subtler source of inequality that can affect entrepreneurs, too: Women often don’t get what they want and deserve because they […]

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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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In her post, “The 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship,” Holly Reisem Hanna raises a curious point:  When we look at, or think to create, a “Best” list, why do so few women appear?  [Except, of course, situations like her list, where she specifically sought out women].  And nu? The Peer Index of several […]

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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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Under a federal law that took effect on October 28, 2004, banks will have more leeway to process checks electronically, which means shorter or even nonexistent “float” times — the grace period between the time the check is written and when the money is debited from the account. The Check Clearing for the 21st Century […]

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Two (or more) people want to go into business together.  They’re holding hands (metaphorically speaking), ready to skip lightly down the path of shared entrepreneurship, when a legal questions arises:  what form of business should we choose? The short and obvious answer it:  it depends.  And the decision is a crucial one that should involve […]

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When the American Colonies declared their independence from the British crown on July 4, 1776, they also came together as the “thirteen united States of America.” So when times comes to declare your independence from the tyranny of unsatisfying work, will you join forces with another? If your thinking of forming a partnership, here’s a […]

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The significance of the July Fourth holiday tends to get lost amid travel plans, a short work week and the desperate need for relaxation in our increasingly frenetic world. Our Founding Fathers also felt a need to be released from tyranny . . . of a different sort. They wrote: When in the Course of […]

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If it were so easy to develop an ideal business proposal, every one could do it. Every time. It takes a delicate balance of salesmanship, listening to your customer, and knowing how much of your “secret sauce” to divulge. In this segment of MSNBC’s Your Business, I talk about how NOT to give away the […]

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