Planning & Advisors

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I was sitting with a colleague, Matt Clifford of The Island Financial Group last week, chatting about a range of things: the economy, is the administration’s Stimulus Package truly stimulating (or is it a handout), and how small business owners can protect themselves. Our conversation then moved to “whom can you trust?” With the seemingly […]

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Do you know where you’re going to?  Do you like the things that life is showing you?  Where are you going to?  Do you know? These are important philosophical questions.  They’re also important business questions.  (They’re also lyrics to the theme song from the classic film, Mahogany). If you don’t know when you want to get out […]

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Here are tips to help you avoid multiple headaches from having multiple business lines. Tough times call for creative measures. So it’s no surprise that many of the entrepreneurs I’ve encountered are taking on something new: a new line of business, a new venture, a new alliance, a new target market. Let’s look at a […]

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I was just contacted by a company to explore “partnering” with them.  I don’t know the company very well — they know someone I know, so it’s a 2-degrees-of-separation network.  And while they come recommended, my time is precious.  I need to be v-e-r-y careful about getting into just any ol’ partnering relationship — whether […]

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Deciding on a business partner can provide the key to a rewarding and successful long-term relationship.  Rhonda Abrams’ USA Today article outlines a number of considerations to keep in mind.  I know a number of entrepreneurs who raced into partnerships because they weren’t comfortable being alone — and, like romantic relationships, that’s usually not a […]

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From Entrepreneur.com (via MSNBC.com), comes Chris Pettila’s article on how partnering with other entrepreneurial companies can help all of you “bulk up and throw your collective weight around.” The article discusses one company’s desire — that of Topics Entertainment — to get a bigger piece of the children’s educational DVD market.  It came up with […]

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Q: How much does a lawyer charge to look at a lease?  I am trying to figure out what is important.  I was hoping you might be able to give me some insight. A: Lawyers’ fees to review a lease generally depend on the amount of time it takes to do the job.  That, in […]

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Whatever you may want to say about today’s professional athletes, I think it’s smart that they’re expanding their options.  Too often you hear about stellar careers cut short because of injury . . . and if the athletes haven’t come up with a “Plan B,” they’re sunk. So I was intrigued to learn that LeBron […]

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Okay, I get it.  We’re a big ticket item.  We come with a bad reputation.  We can be nasty and ugly (although I’m kinda cute) and speak in a strange jargon . . . where it seems we’re deliberately trying to play intellectual one-upmanship games with you to let you know who’s the smartest guy/gal […]

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Never mind the book (although I’m sure it’s great) — here’s a delightful and intelligent book review of Larry Wilson’s Stop Selling – Start Partnering by Jim Hassett. Although Jim’s professional focus is on law firm marketing, he raises pertinent questions that apply to any company seeking to provide greater value to clients, and who want […]

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