Planning & Advisors

So you’ve started a business.  And it’s just you.  What happens if you get really sick or injured?  Or a parent needs care-taking?  Or your physical presence in business isn’t possible for several months? That’s one of the significant issues that Rajesh Shakya points out in his post, “Challenges to Find the Right Partner in […]

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Post image for Size Does Matter . . . for Women-Owned Businesses Seeking Federal Contracts

Do you have (or want) to do business with the federal government? Are you thinking of merging your company with another? If so, check out the new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) rules on small business size that went into effect on June 30th. As reported in Law.com, to ensure that a certain percentage of federal […]

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My uncle has a favorite story from his childhood — those halcyon days before the advent of Nintendo, Game Boy, and Play Station.  In the woods behind his house, he found a large stick.  Some days, the stick was a sword.  Other days, it was a gun.  At rare moments, it served as a periscope.  […]

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Post image for Entrepreneurs and the Hazards of Independence

Happy Independence Day! Entrepreneurs are blessed with a wonderfully independent, can-do spirit, which deserves to be celebrated. But sometimes, that independent streak can cross over into just plan stubbornness, or controlling behavior. So my interest was piqued by Jeremy Fain’€™s post, 2 Entrepreneurial Worst Practices. He points out two “€œworst practices” that get in the way of business […]

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Post image for Small Business Financing Sources for Entrepreneurs

Leaving aside whether women entrepreneurs ask sufficiently for the financing they need, the fact remains that you need at a least a little money to get your company off the ground.Not everything can be handled for barter.So where’s a gal to go for moola? Thanks to Anthony Cerminaro’s BizBangBuzz blog for alerting me, I now […]

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Terror gripped me. The Summons and Complaint for a malpractice had my name in the caption. I’m stunned. The client was a whack job, yet just 2 years into my law practice, my license was on the line. What could I do? I’m no dope. As a lawyer, I could have figured out most of […]

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Post image for How Entrepreneurs Can Find the Financing Help They Need

Don’€™t ask me where the past week has flown. It’€™s been a flurry of activity . . . and a flurry of comments on my post Why Women Entrepreneurs Don’€™t Get the Financing They Need. Seems it struck a bit of a nerve on all sides with some proponents in the “small-is-smart-not-weak” camp (and yes, I agree, […]

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I’m seeing many pixels devoted to the downfall of Charles Patton, a partner and music producer for rapper Lupe Fiasco’s “1st and 15th” record label.  I have to confess to not being a devotee of rap music, or even having heard of Lupe Fiasco (or Charles Patton) before the reports started coming in . . . […]

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Post image for Survey Says: Entrepreneurs Nix Consultants

Here’s eye-opening information from a recent press release: <<A recent survey conducted by BizBuySell, the largest online business-for-sale marketplace, found that nearly 75% of business owners doubted the effectiveness of hiring consultants to improve business reputation, preferring instead to do their own marketing without external assistance.Of the survey sample, 68% of respondents said they had […]

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Post image for How Business Tenants Can Reduce Operating Expenses

Wells Fargo just released the latest in its series of webcasts for small business owners.  Titled “Cost Saving Real Estate Strategies for Your Business,” it features moi, in a scintillating, not-to-be-missed discussion of how tenants can reduce their lease expenses.  I’m joined by co-panelists Brad Blackwell and Jagdeep Dayal of Wells Fargo, Emily Fu of […]

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