Business Essentials

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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Do you wish you could do well by doing good?  Would like “green” to mean both earth-friendly and solid profits for your company?  Do you want your business to prosper without having to feel that you’re a greedy capitalist?  If so, you may want to consider “cause-related marketing” and its cousin, socially conscious companies, for […]

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With the passing of Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer, I can finally stop feeling guilty for not airing my (forgiving) Callaway clubs more during the golf season. I’ve been told that to build my business, I need to network on the golf course. Golf is touted as the crown jewel of business networking, […]

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As the age of “Greed is good” has morphed into an “era of relationships,” so has the language we use. Terms and phrases evoking collaboration, cooperation, and working for mutual gain abound. You see it in the marketing pieces and hear it in the vernacular of small business owners. From a business point of view, […]

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After reading some stats on the growth of women-owned companies, I was tempted to get depressed. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce (2010), 88% of all women business owners are sole proprietorships without employees. 80% of all women-owned businesses earn less than $50,000.  (It’s not so fabulous for men-owned businesses either: 77% for ownership […]

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As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with running your business, there are a host of reasons your company could be sued. Millions of civil lawsuits get filed every year in the United States. Like the Biblical Ten Plagues, potential business perils swarm, and should they land on your company, can wreak enormous […]

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As a child, I was painfully shy. And old habits die hard. Fast forward 25 years — I’m not long out of law school, and newly minted as a business owner, having started my own law practice. I had to exert authority in my firm and exude authority to clients and others. But I still […]

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The article “Protect Your Business and Your Family” raised a valid point — that partnerships are not eternal.  But the point is not an obvious one. Many business owners I know and advise refer to their “business partner” as the person with whom they own a business.  The business may take the legal form of a […]

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