by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on October 11, 2019

“Success without successors is failure” ~ Les Brown

Some days, you need to work on your business, not just in it.  And sometimes, you need to come first.  After all, your business can only grow to the extent you grow yourself. So I spent the day with motivational speaker Les Brown at a meeting of the National Speakers Association, NYC Chapter.  Les has […]

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by on October 8, 2019

A Strategic Alliance Success Story

Marion and Ramon’s Small Business Summit http://www.primestrategies.com/communitysuccess.htm

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Well there’€™s absolutely no reason that she can’t. Many attorneys are fun, interesting, caring people (you have to be, to go into a profession to solve people’€™s problems)! But the “I thought my attorney was on my side . . . until I got the bill” plaint has come up a few times since I published my […]

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In a word, “enough.” See what Chris Dixon has to say, via VentureHacks.  

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by on September 29, 2019

Should You Do Business With Friends?

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Adhere to the following 4 ground rules if you want to keep the friendship. Should you . . . or should you not . . . do business with friends? The short and obvious answer is: It depends. Whatever side of the deal you’re on–giver or receiver–here are some ground rules to consider: Only do business […]

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It’s such a good question.  (Although it’s usually asked this way:  How much equity should I give someone who wants to buy into my business? — which I think is the wrong question, for it assumes that you would want to do so). For a perspective on why you wouldn’t, check out this recent post […]

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This week’s basic training deals with a situation becoming all too common these days: Business stinks, and you just want out. To close the door, turn the keys over to the landlord and just walk away. Q.: How can I give keys back to landlord, and for them not to sue me? Small shop in […]

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There’s the old (sad, pathetic, and worn, I might add) joke “whaddaya call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?”A good start.  And I know that SOMEone will point me to a treasure trove of other lawyer jokes.J So let me shed at least a little illumination on how to work with this prickly group […]

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Cash bonuses might make employees happy, but regular praise and communication make them loyal. If you’ve taken the plunge and hired employees, you’ve probably learned two hard lessons quickly: They don’t come cheap. Like pets, plants, children and other living beings, you need to communicate with them. You can’t just ignore them like a piece […]

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by on September 14, 2019

MySpace Clinches Music Alliance

As I mentioned in this blog in February, MySpace has been looking for strategic alliance partners to help create an online music distribution system that rivals Apple’s iTunes.  According to AOL News, the deal is done — at least the initial phases of it.  The MySpace Music venture includes Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony BMG […]

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