by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 21, 2018

SBA Small Business Week Awards 2011 Highlights

As a winner of the SBA’s Women in Business Champion of the Year Award during Small Business Week [see the press release here], I was invited (required?) to give a short speech.  3-5 minutes. Now I’m not one to shy away from an opportunity to address an audience (“kosher ham” that I am).  But the challenge […]

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Moving from home office to commercial space is a big leap in the life of a small business. The obligations you take on in a commercial lease can become your largest single monthly expense…and your largest single exposure to risk. Patricia found this out the hard way. Her fragrance and cosmetics business was growing. As […]

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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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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 12, 2018

How Your Service Business Can Leverage IP for Growth [PODCAST]

Tired of the time-for-dollars model in your service business? Fed up with feast-or-famine in your cash flow? Eager to discover alternative ways to have greater impact and income? Listen in as we interview Sarah Farzam, the Founder and Director of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music program for young children in New York […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 9, 2018

Common Small Biz Legal Issues

Business law has become so complicated – how can you keep it all straight? Add to that the mountain of tasks that a small business needs to take care of – legal duties that you, as the business owner, may not even be aware of! That’s where an attorney can help, to ensure that your […]

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Yes, they’re cumbersome, but don’t ignore the corporate formalities if you don’t want creditors poking into your personal assets. Congratulations! You’ve taken the important step of protecting your personal assets by forming a corporation or limited liability company. But just as giving birth is only the beginning of your responsibilities of caring for a baby, […]

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by on July 3, 2018

Why Your Business Needs a Board

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Leadership expert Ken Blanchard once said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” But if you’re working solo (or in a small company), where will that feedback come from? Small and solo businesses can get feedback in several ways: A Board of Directors. If there is more than one owner in your company, you have automatic […]

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There’s more to doing business with your nonprofit organization than just the disclosure required for “interested transactions” and avoiding a conflict of interest when making decisions on the organization’s behalf. As a board member, your status is similar to a trustee. The organization’s money is not yours to spend as you please. You are a […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on June 27, 2018

Are you one of the happiest entrepreneurs in the U.S.?

Nancy and I were sitting on a chic white leather couch at Pranna, one of NYC’s newer Indo-Asian-fusion restaurants. Having a glass of wine. Exotic music thumping in the background. The after-party of a speed-networking event. Nancy has owned her consulting business for about five years, having left the stifling corridors of corporate America. She […]

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A recent survey by online payroll service SurePayroll reveals that more than 80 percent of small business owners believe e-mail is a key element in the success of their business. But email can also cause legal problems for entrepreneurs . . . something not highlighted in the survey. Email is not reliable. In a very […]

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