by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 20, 2020

Should you invest in your dopey nephew’s business?

Ever been hit up to invest in a friend’s or family member’s business? Is it wise to do so—given that you know them so well? What steps should you take when asked to invest (or lend money for) a loved one’s business? Tune in to Wall Street Journal Radio, where I sit down with Veronica […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 17, 2020

Watch Your Language!

When you go to a networking event and someone asks, “What do you do?” what do you say? Do you answer with an “I” statement, like “I handle pest control for high-end hotels” … or “I help business owners build an effective workforce” … of “I [fill in the blank]”? Even if you use “We […]

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If you’ve been reading between the lines at all regarding the state of our economy (and, in particular, our government treasuries), you’ll be very much aware that state and local governments need money. Need our money. Need millions and billions and trillions of dollars of it, in particular. In order to avoid bankrupting themselves, governments […]

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by on February 11, 2020

Help Me Ditch My Business Partners!

Horror of horrors!  You’re stuck in a business partnership with NO agreement.  You have to get out . . . or get the others out before you go postal and end up in a prison of a different sort.  What can you do? Kathleen Ryan O’Connor answers that very question in Forbes Small Business. After a […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 8, 2020

Common Small Biz Legal Issues

Business law has become so complicated – how can you keep it all straight? Add to that the mountain of tasks that a small business needs to take care of – legal duties that you, as the business owner, may not even be aware of! That’s where an attorney can help, to ensure that your […]

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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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Often because, in short, they don’€™t ask for it. I was chatting with Bunmi Zalob, publisher of WomenEntrepreneur.com’€™s Secret to Serenity blog, about “€œplaying small.” And why women seem to do it. The sad truth is that studies show that women do it to themselves over and over. A recent study showed that female entrepreneurs are far […]

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Yes, I know blog posts can be short — as short as a single link to another site — but that wasn’t my intent with my last post on “A Strategic Alliance Success Story.”  [Don’t get me started about technical glitches and how I’ve been missing my own posting deadlines!] As you can see from […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 27, 2020

The Most Dangerous Thing Small Business Owners Do

They fail to pay attention to their finances. Most small business owners are so busy running the business, that they don’t pay attention to their cash flow statement from June. (Be honest – have you done this yet?) At the New York Times Small Business Summit, I was able to get some more secrets to […]

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Q.:  I started an LLC in the state of Arizona with two partners. After a year in business I am choosing to take another path and I am attempting to separate my legal liabilities. We initially signed a three-year lease with personal guarantees and currently have 23 months remaining. I am trying to figure out […]

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