Business Essentials

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It’s not only in the U.S. that small businesses are recognized as a major contributor to the economy:the European Union is getting on that bandwagon as well, with its efforts to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They are also taking steps to encourage entrepreneurship among women. What I found interesting was their list of […]

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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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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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In a post last month, The Importance of Similar Goals, I wrote about the story of two entrepreneurs who opened a Cartridge World franchise. That, on its face, might not be so compelling that you’d want to put down your mouse, stop sipping your coffee, and ponder the extraordinary opportunities that entrepreneurship provides.  But add […]

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Welcome to the launch of Making it Legal –The Small Business Mentor’s Guide to Entrepreneurship and Law!I’m Nina Kaufman, a small business attorney, occasional stand-up comic, and your guide through the wild, wooly, and wonderful of having a strong legal foundation for your business growth and success. I know that many women entrepreneurs look forward […]

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Tory Johnson has one of those rags-to-riches Cinderella stories that dance in the heads of entrepreneurs like sugarplums on Christmas. (Okay, truth be told–I’ve never had a sugarplum.  But they sound dreamy). According to her SparkAndHustle website, Tory Johnson was fired from a job she loved, which morphed her into an entrepreneur-by-necessity, rather than by […]

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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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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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Answer: When her “children” go barefoot. Welcome to the “new and improved” AskTheBusinessLawyer.com website! This revamped site houses my library of small business legal articles and information products and my business law practice, the newly-inaugurated Kaufman Law PLLC.  What possessed me to make changes to a site that was still regularly getting compliments? Traffic. Contrary […]

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How will this year be different from all other years? Between texting, tweeting and e-mails — not to mention Facebook and LinkedIn — I sometimes wonder whether communication is becoming a lost art form. In a way, business has become far more impersonal. No need for face-to-face interactions, or even complete sentences. And, when conversing […]

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