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Who Owns Your Business Contacts?

Who owns the professional contacts you’ve made once you’ve left a job? Small business expert Susan Solovic discusses what employees and employers need to know. Photo: AP

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Is Your Nonprofit Organization’s Legal Compliance Up To The Minute?

Last year, the New York State legislature adopted a law which completely rewrote the rules for non-profit corporations in that state. As the author/editor of a three-volume treatise on New York not-for-profit corporations (available only to lawyers, so please don’t go rushing onto Amazon.com hoping to buy a copy), I have spent the last three […]

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When You Find Yourself in a ‘Gray Area’

Twice a year, I host a program for the New York State Bar Association targeting young lawyers who are looking to set up solo law practices. These people ask a million questions, and while there are clear answers to many of them, there are some that simply cannot be answered because there aren’t clear legal […]

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3 Reasons Why Trademarks Matter

Many clients come to me asking whether a name or design is protectable and whether it’s worth the cost.  Here’s my advice in a nutshell. 1.  STRONG TRADEMARKS INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Trademarks can be words, designs or the two in combination.  They are the first thing that differentiates you from your competition.  […]

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TWELVE MARKETING TOOLS MOST SMALL BUSINESSES DON’T GET RIGHT [PART 2 OF 2]

Here are more highlights from my conversation with Randye Spina, small business marketing expert and author of the book “Affordable Marketing Solutions: Proven Techniques to Profitably Market Your Small Business” (www.myaffordablemarketing.com): Signage.  RANDYE:  A while ago I saw a very expensive four-color standalone sign for a Mexican restaurant at a bus stop. The sign said […]

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Profanity Could Cost Your Small Business!

If you’ve seen “The Wolf of Wall Street” , you probably wouldn’t be surprised to know it holds the record for the number of “F” bombs during a movie — 506.  Just last night, I was watching the ‘House of Cards” on Netflix and it seemed every other word was F……. So has profanity become […]

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SIX THINGS YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE YOUR TAXES THIS YEAR

In last week’s column, I wrote about some of the recent tax law changes that you will have to deal with when filling out your tax return for the year. Is there anything you can do to minimize the impact of these changes? The short answer is “yes, maybe”.  Here are six things small business […]

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GETTING YOUR “TAX CHECKLIST” PUT TOGETHER FOR 2014

Now that the holidays are over and you have (hopefully) recovered from your New Year’s hangover, it is time to start thinking about: getting your taxes in order for 2013; and planning for your 2014 tax bill. First, the bad news:  2013 is over.  It is simply too late to change anything that happened on […]

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TWELVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014, PART TWO

Here are seven more New Year’s Resolutions for business owners. Find Three New Sources of Saleable Product.  If your business is selling stuff online, one of your biggest challenges is finding high quality stuff to sell at a profit.  If you’re not currently taking consignments, you’re out of your mind.  Take out an ad in […]

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TWELVE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014, PART ONE

When you stop to think about it, New Year’s Resolutions are all about habits.  Breaking some bad ones (smoking, drinking excessively, binging on fast food when you’ve had a bad day), and starting new ones (working out, eating more Brussels sprouts). Businesses, like individuals, develop bad habits over time that need correction, while success in […]

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