by on April 15, 2021

The Green Entrepreneur’s Toolbox

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For any number of reasons, “€œgoing green” is gaining steam. And whether your idea of going green strictly pertains to the environment, or reflects a social consciousness that you want your company to espouse, there are ways to make it happen. For ideas on how other women entrepreneurs have created a business structure around “done well […]

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by on April 12, 2021

Transformative Collaboration

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Although written from a not-for-profit perspective, Alison Rapping of Alison & Associates (a not-for-profit consultancy based in Arizona) shares my view that “collaborations are going to be a driving force in building stronger relationships.” In particular, I think that collaboration (or what I would call “alliances” in the for-profit sphere) will become more and more […]

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Let’s face it: Once you’re headed to the courthouse to collect a bad debt, you’ve lost. Lost, because you rarely, if ever, get 100 cents on the dollar. Lost, because you lost time and energy dealing with the situation. Lost, because you had a client who likely will never return. As Monica Mehta writes in […]

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Are we taking whatever walks through the door because we’re afraid there won’t be another piece of business .  .  . ever? There’s an old adage, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” You could have the best possible systems in place for handling your clients and delivering your services. But […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 31, 2021

Law Questions about Company Ownership and Board Meetings

Many entrepreneurs have law questions about company ownership and board meetings.  Some of the responsibilities of company ownership include holding board meetings, generating company financial reports, obtaining an employer tax ID and, sometimes, undergoing a business name change. Want to know more about company ownership and board meetings?  From my Ask Entrepreneur column, here are […]

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I have friends from college where our only communication right now is an annual Christmas missive, detailing all the high points of the year about to end. I’m always delighted to hear their news and to live vicariously through the stories they share. But these are not the people I turn to in a crisis. […]

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Not all business partners are actively involved in a company’s day-to-day operations.  Call them “passive investors,” “angel investors,” or “financial partners,” it all comes down to money and wanting a return on the investment.  As an example, Sequoia Capital, which provides capital and investment opportunities, has a checklist/outline on its site of what it likes to […]

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Here’s a nightmare for you.  You and your partner signed a partnership agreement, began your business, built it, and were on the verge of seeing it really take off when the unthinkable happened:  your partner was hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street on the way to work and killed.  Not only do […]

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Many of us have complained about the state of the U.S. economy — particularly for small businesses. It seemed that there were large, sweeping forces outside of our control that created these conditions. However, there is now a way we can each take one small step to spur our local economy. It takes place on […]

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Want to learn about strategic alliances in action?  Listen to this podcast from Aldonna Ambler, “The Growth Strategist,” as she interviews Michael Pires, President of HR411.com.  Pires talks about: How rapid growth can be driven by strategic partnerships How and why he changed his business model What it took to grow their customer base from […]

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