Planning & Advisors

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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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Post image for ‘Don’t Try This At Home’–Interview with IP Attorney Amy Goldsmith

“Why can’t I handle my own patent/trademark/copyright filings?” you ask.  “I’m getting started on a shoestring–do I really need to spend the legal fees?” Go right ahead and DIY . . . but if you’re not on target about what you’ve done or how thoroughly you’ve handled your background research, you could find that you’ve […]

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Post image for Beware DIY Legal Sites!

Do-it-yourself legal sites drive me crazy. I came across a DIY legal site called Negonation this week (yeah, OK, it’s in Brazil, but the principle is the same. It touts a “get-your-contract-off-this-site-and-avoid-legal-fees” service. It claims that “its contracts are legally enforceable in the offline world, even if the parties are in different countries. That’s quite […]

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Mani Malarvannan gives some helpful tips in finding a good CPA in his aptly-titled article, “€œ7 Tips for Finding a Good CPA,” in the Small Business Informer. He also points out the importance of preparing for the interviews with these CPAs by having a list of questions you might want to ask. He alludes to a few […]

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Post image for Is the Legal Meter Ever NOT On?

“The meter is always running,” is a perennial complaint of small business owners when dealing with their attorneys. And yet, if our attorneys aren’t properly informed about what we’re doing, they can’t give us the appropriate advice. The latest plaint I’ve heard is: “My lawyer charges me so much money whenever I call him. I […]

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Strategic alliances are much more than just a gesture of mutual goodwill – they have become a necessary tool, whether it’s to strengthen social responsibility credentials, pursue complex R&D projects, or simply grow in ways that one company can’t manage alone. Click on the link for a series of articles culled by BNET on the finer […]

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Post image for How to Find the Attorney Who’s Right for Your Business

In trolling through the blogosphere, I came across a handful of posts that asked (and answered) the question: which legal issues keep entrepreneurs up at night? I found that “finding the right attorney” is definitely among them. How do you know who’s the right fit? How can you tell if they really know their areas […]

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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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