business partnerships

Sometimes, a break from routine is a good thing. Had Ari Weinzweig not allowed his business partner, Paul Saginaw, to drag him away from his normal business routine, the Zingerman’s Deli of Ann Arbor might not have reached its $20 million target ahead of schedule.  Saginaw impressed upon Weinzweig the need to step out of […]

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People often view a marital prenup like having a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on your head. Small business owners are no different. When they look to form business partnerships, the thought of negotiating a business partnership agreement can be too chilling to contemplate. Problem is, when you start working together without working out the […]

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Reproduced from my weekly ezine, LexAppeal: As I mentioned last week, business partnerships are delicate creatures.Like Japanese maple trees, you need to plant them in the right soil, protect them from harmful pests, and tend them carefully.Any one of these factors could cause the tree to wither and die. As the proverbial gardener of your […]

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Today’s lesson: you can’t just “walk away” from a business partnership. Another submission from the Department of Horror Stories. “Marcia” started a corporation about 15 years ago. She and her former partner, “Dara,”personally guaranteed a line of credit for the company.About 10 years ago, and after a protracted lawsuit, Marcia left the corporation with an […]

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking to (and then finally meeting in person at the BlogHer for Business conference) Sharon Horowitz, PhD, principal of the consulting firm, CenterNorth.  In addition to possessing a keen intellect and a background in psychology (not to mention a charming South African accent), Sharon has put together a brilliant white […]

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I heard a sad story this week — a Tale of Two Business Partners.  One made clothing designs; the other supplied the money.  One was optimistic about the new awards she had won and where the business was going; the other wasn’t.  One wanted to continue to move forward; the other wanted to wait and […]

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Q.:  What are my rights as the minority shareholder who is being laid off by majority shareholder?  I’m a guarantor on the company credit line? We are the only guarantors on the credit line. There are two other minority shareholders, one was laid off nine months ago but kept his shares, and the other is […]

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You can probably guess the tell-tale signs of needing to leave your business partnership (they’re similar to the signs for leaving your college boyfriend or girlfriend): Everything they do is wrong. You’re stressed and unhappy all the time. You wake up in the middle of the night with a knot in your stomach.  In short, […]

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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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A gentle nudge for those of you who are not subscribers to my now-weekly ezine, Lex Appeal.  For the month of February, I’ll be providing weekly tips on business partnership issues including: Are you partnership material? Do you have your life partner’s buy-in for your business plans? The 4Ms of partnership agreement basics Signs that […]

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