Planning & Advisors

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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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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WHAT THE $%^&!?!” I screamed, as I slammed down the phone receiver. “I HATE THIS!! I CAN’T KEEP DOING THIS CRAP ANYMORE!” Can you say “meltdown”? Yeah, I had one last month. Triggered by technology. The frustrations. The convolutions. The glitches. All of it pulling me away from making money … and all of it […]

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“There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’.” “It takes a village.” Or my favorite, “You don’t sharpen a knife against a sponge.” All of which is meant to say, if you want a successful business, don’t go it alone. I learned this the hard way.  For years I thought having a more senior business partner would be […]

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Post image for Less Risk = More Sleep: How to Reduce Internal Security Threats

Threats to our business can take many forms:natural disasters, like tropical storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, fire, or flood.There are outside threats, like terrorism . . . or a sagging economy.They are difficult enough to weather.More insidious are the threats that we invite into our business with open, and unsuspecting, arms. Employees, visitors, vendors, clients – we […]

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As Seen In Enterprising Women Magazine You’re a busy entrepreneur. Every day, you whirl around like the Looney Tunes® Tasmanian devil, putting out fires, calming clients, and encouraging employees. There’s barely enough time to handle strategic planning, much less the kind of planning that involves answering that hard-to-face question: “what will happen to my business when […]

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Post image for Protecting Yourself against Frivolous Lawsuits

The “€œCase of the $65 Million Pants” got me thinking over the holiday about how small business owners can protect themselves against crazy lawsuits. Often, it’€™s not just (1) operating as a corporation or limited liability company to shield your personal assets, or (2) having the right contract provisions, or (3) knowing how to move a […]

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Post image for Legal Hokum on a Holiday Weekend

As a lawyer, I love what I do. I’m proud of how I do it. And sometimes, I hear about members of my profession who just make me want to spit. On them. From the Annals of the Preposterous, here’€™s a story which, if true (I have not personally verified the pleadings) is an appalling addition to […]

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Post image for Why Can’t My Attorney Be My Friend?

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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