by on August 12, 2019

Look Before You Lease

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The hidden costs of a commercial lease might be more than you can afford to pay. Like renting an apartment, an office lease gives your company the comfort of a place it can call home. But home can turn into a white elephant pretty quickly when business takes a turn–for better or worse. It’s harder […]

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One of the key components of a strong business is making sure you always have “stuff” in the pipeline. As we move into summer and the (theoretically) warmer weather, there are lots of delicious options for networking. Outdoor terraces, harbor cruises, events in public parks–they’re a wonderful way to enjoy a bit of natural beauty […]

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Last week, Federal Express (remember the old tag line?) announced a new strategic alliance with Cash4Gold to help Cash4Gold speed client service and payouts.  With the new online system in place, customers wishing to rid themselves of unwanted gold baubles can print out a special FedEx label and safely deposit their parcel with any FedEx office.  […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Making the Most of Free Employee Handbooks

Q: I’ve found various sites that have templates for employee handbooks, including one at Business.gov.  Am I putting myself at any risk by using this as the basis of my employee handbook?  What sorts of legal issues should I take into consideration before using any employee handbook in my business? A: Templates are great as […]

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Yes, folks, I’m at T minus 32 for the launch of my latest product, The Entrepreneur’s Prenup.  It’s a home study course that will take you through the top issues to consider when choosing a business partner and how you can screen for the duds. But for those of you who just can’t wait for […]

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I was interviewed earlier this week by a Canadian paper for comments on the latest cause celebre, the trial of former media magnate Canadian Conrad Black, for charges of racketeering, to mail fraud, and tax evasion. The trial opened in Chicago in mid-March.  The most interesting twist is that the government’s star witness is none […]

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Yes, it comes from a competitor, but money is money, right? Forbes, in conjunction with The Venture Alliance, is launching a survey of America’s Most Promising Companies.  It’s an opportunity for small business owners to evaluate their chances of getting investment capital funding.  They’ll look not just at growth in sales, but a whole range of […]

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 When it comes to small-business financing, there seems to be a lot of lip service and very little financial service. It’s hard not to get cynical when you hear that “small businesses are the backbone of the economy” on the one hand, yet learn that the big Wall Street banks have slashed their small-business loan […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on July 16, 2019

Legal Lessons for Women Business Owners – Part 3

Owning a successful business takes lots of different knowledge and know-how to get it running smoothly—which includes avoiding risks.  Yet many entrepreneurs forge full steam ahead without professional legal advice … for a variety of reasons. Cost. Fear. Ego, to name a few. But without it, seemingly small missteps like “oops, my independent contractor should […]

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In my practice, I’m finding that the IRS and Department of Labor are getting more aggressive about enforcing the proper classification of workers. Essentially, they want to be sure that you’re not hiring a worker as an “independent contractor” (thus avoiding the payment of employment taxes), yet treating him/her as an employee by micromanaging every aspect […]

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