Planning & Advisors

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As I’ve learned in nearly 15 years in business (gulp! Has it been that long?), change doesn’t need to be–and usually isn’t–a complete and total metamorphosis in one go, like the makeover shows you see on reality TV. It’s a process that unfolds over time. Sometimes, all you need to get to someplace better is one […]

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A recent study has found that when companies are linked in a network of strategic alliance relationships with only a few degrees of separation, they are more innovative. Jointly conducted by the University of Washington and New York University, and as reported in Science Daily, the researchers examined the pattern or structure of strategic alliance […]

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I’ve written a lot about choosing the right business partner, but as I was trolling the Internet, perusing article on the numbers of people laid off and contemplating entrepreneurship (whether by choice or by default), the thought struck me: Your “home office” environment is a huge factor in the success (or failure) of your enterprise.  Melinda […]

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Post image for What Can You ‘Stop Doing’? The Superb Benefits of Strategic Planning

I had a stress meltdown recently. Not that this should have come as any surprise–after all, I run myself ragged; I spend way too many hours in front of the computer, the phone and other people, and not enough hours resting, exercising, trusting. Meltdowns for me feel like a mini-volcano: the anger, stress and frustration […]

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This week, I received a frantic call from “Rosie,” who had been referred by a colleague of mine. She plunked down a huge chunk of change (well into the five figures) to buy a day spa from the current owner. The seller told her he wanted to get out of the business because he wanted […]

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Earlier this year, I made a promise to you. More of a confession, a public pledge. I was going to work my risk muscles. Going to get out of my comfort zone. So I went mechanical bull riding. Tried meditative dance. Spoke at a major women’s business conference. Okay, so I wasn’t exactly jumping at […]

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What’s the difference between a Small Business Champion and an attorney? It’s more than just marketing spin. It’s more than just business advising versus paper-pushing. It’s a profound difference in mindset and approach to being of service and running a successful law business. Tune in to my interview on the Legal Marketing Podcast with Michael […]

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Having a board isn’t enough. Know how to use the members to maximum effect. As you’ll soon find out (if you haven’t already), there’s no way one entrepreneur–you–has all the answers. Or all the skills. Or all of the time to single-handedly get your venture running smoothly. If you want your business to expand, you’ll […]

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Post image for ‘Don’t Try This At Home’–Interview with IP Attorney Amy Goldsmith

“Why can’t I handle my own patent/trademark/copyright filings?” you ask.  “I’m getting started on a shoestring–do I really need to spend the legal fees?” Go right ahead and DIY . . . but if you’re not on target about what you’ve done or how thoroughly you’ve handled your background research, you could find that you’ve […]

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Q.: Can a partnership use a partner’s family term life insurance policy as a business expense, with the intention of using the policy as a way to buy out the spouse’s interest in the business?   Read on to find out . . . .

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