Here’s a nightmare for you.  You and your partner signed a partnership agreement, began your business, built it, and were on the verge of seeing it really take off when the unthinkable happened:  your partner was hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street on the way to work and killed.  Not only do […]

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Many of us have complained about the state of the U.S. economy — particularly for small businesses. It seemed that there were large, sweeping forces outside of our control that created these conditions. However, there is now a way we can each take one small step to spur our local economy. It takes place on […]

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Want to learn about strategic alliances in action?  Listen to this podcast from Aldonna Ambler, “The Growth Strategist,” as she interviews Michael Pires, President of HR411.com.  Pires talks about: How rapid growth can be driven by strategic partnerships How and why he changed his business model What it took to grow their customer base from […]

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This week’s Basic Training involves a situation that really stinks. (Insert groans here). Read on to find out why . . . . Q: What are the rights of co-workers when another experiences side effects (i.e. malodorous flatulence) due to gastric bypass? The surgery is not recent, and to add insult to injury, the offender does […]

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by on March 10, 2021

The Lost Majesty of Voting

I don’t know what your experience was like voting in last week’s mid-term elections, but mine was truly dispiriting. Read my exclusive post on MyVenturePad.com to find out what went wrong and why I believe our system needs to be fixed.

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Yes, that’s the advice of most of the “success gurus.”  Figure out what you do well–and what you enjoy doing–and leave the rest to someone else. Listen in to my conversation with Rosalie Lober, PhD., author of the newly-released Run Your Business Like a Fortune 100: 7 Principles for Boosting Profits. We cover: Rosalie’s case […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 1, 2021

Do I need a new employer tax ID for a new line of services?

Q.:  My current business is in transportation services and I would like to also offer consulting services. But with the current business name having the word “transportation” in it, clients might not identify the new consulting services. Is a new employer tax ID needed to start a new branch of my current business with a […]

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“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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Hooah! (Or Oorah! for those of you who prefer the Marines) Here’s some tough talk for you: If you’re reading this on December 31 (or January 1), get the “eff” off the computer and treat yourself to some down time. I’ve seen firsthand how running myself ragged can negatively affect my health–and if you don’t put […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 20, 2021

Are you working this Thanksgiving weekend?

Well, are you? Years ago, when I worked for other law firms, I would routinely come into work on Thanksgiving Friday. I actually enjoyed being in the office Thanksgiving Friday.  There was a quiet hush that fell over the desks. You could really focus and bang out the work. The phones rarely rang. No one […]

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