Planning & Advisors

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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I finally finished Z. Christopher Mercer‘s book, Buy/Sell Agreements: Ticking Time Bombs or Reasonable Resolutions?  Through no fault of Mercer’s, a number of things got in the way (work projects, travel schedule, the need to tune out/take a break/read trashy murder mysteries) of my reading through this intelligent and straightforward book — as I had promised I would […]

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This economy has certainly battered my business around a bit. There are times I’ve felt like a ship in a storm-tossed sea. But I have been able to stay on a relatively even keel and keep my sights set on my destination, thanks to my advisory team. “Advisory team.”  It’s a highfalutin’ term for what some people […]

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These days, I’m seeing a number of business owners come to me, looking to dissolve their companies.  But not the for the reasons you may think. Business is fine — okay, maybe not going gangbusters, but doing alright.  Everyone’s healthy.  It’s that the tighter times have made them re-evaluate what they’re doing and whom they’re […]

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A strategic alliance offers a lot of promise to companies both local and global.  The promise of new markets.  The promise of ways to better serve existing markets.  The promise of, frankly, more money rolling in.  That’s all good.  But there are aspects to investigating your strategic alliance partner that many companies fail to do […]

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