by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 27, 2021

Is business licensing needed for a vegetable stand?

Q.:  Do I need business licensing to start a roadside vegetable stand, selling items from my garden?   A.:  A number of states prohibit the sale of any agricultural products without the proper business licensing.  Because business licensing varies for place to place, contact your local government to see if it has those restrictions and […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 24, 2021

New changes to New York employee laws

As if there aren’t enough HR laws on the books for small businesses to keep up with, New York State, in its infinite wisdom, decided to add one more: the NY Wage Theft Prevention Act.  Effective April 9, 2011, the New York Labor Law tries to further bolster employment rights by requiring all employers to […]

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Many people have started a business partnership (or limited liability company) with at least one other person. According to the IRS, that’s at least 14 million people. And that doesn’t include those who have started small corporations with other owners – which could easily double that figure. But according to AssociatedContent.com, up to 70% of […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 15, 2021

What can you learn from Bill the Bull?

Bill the Bull stares at me with brown glassy eyes. He sits forlornly in the middle of a large, padded basement pen in a dark midtown NYC restaurant. The damp hint of stale beer gently lingers in the air. His sad face beckons “Play with me! Play with me!” The nearly-empty room ignores him. (It […]

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It’s an unfortunate aspect of American life that you can’t stop someone from bringing a frivolous lawsuit. Even some politicians have recognized the ways in which frivolous lawsuits can hamper America’s small businesses, and proposed legislation just last year — most notably, the “Frivolous Lawsuit Prevention Act of 2009” (S. 603), which apparently died in […]

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Who said partnerships were easy?  Part of the challenge is structuring your company so that it can function well in your absence — especially if that absence is a prolonged one . . . like, because of your death.  What happens to the employees?  What happens to your clients? As Jason Knott points out in […]

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Copyright law developed over many years, from a time when the only way to distribute a book was to make physical copies through a printing press and sell them person to person. The core thinking behind the law was that the person who came up with the creativity should be the only one to benefit […]

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In all my years dealing with contract disputes, I found that “not getting what they expected” is one of the top three reasons clients don’t pay. But, like Freud asked about women, “What do clients want?” If you are a freelancer or independent professional providing services (especially to other business owners), take heed. Managing expectations […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 30, 2021

Success Secrets for Entrepreneurial Women

Women are the fastest growing segment of business owners in the United States. Terrific for economic growth in our country, but wait!  There’s a caveat:  compared to male business owners, women entrepreneurs tend to have smaller companies, generate less revenue and employ fewer people. So what’s holding them back? Tune in to these episodes of […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 27, 2021

On being spontaneous … with Polar Bears

“It’s 46 degrees!” Joe squeals, on hearing the weather report. (To the extent that a grown man and former champion power lifter would actually squeal). “Let’s go to the beach!” “Why?” I ask, maybe a little condescendingly. “The Polar Bears are there!” he replies. Sigh. The beach? Okay, so it’s a little warm for early […]

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