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Happy New Year! What Are You Creating for Your Small Business?

I’m creating a more visible strategic alignment with my dear friend and trusted colleague, Nina Kaufman. For nearly a decade, Nina and I have been collaborating on legal matters and discussing how to best serve other small businesses. Like many of you, we held everything in our businesses under our tight control and tried to “figure it all out” before we allowed anyone to see too far inside—especially where it might reveal our weaknesses or errors.

Over the years, we have developed deep understanding and experience of what we preach: you can’t grow (your business, yourself, or even your bank account) if you try to do it all alone. We also realized that one great way to serve you is to pool our resources. Between the two of us, we have more than 20 products to guide you through the process of:

  • Building, growing and scaling your business
  • Choosing a lawyer to advise or represent your business
  • Conducting legal audits, or “health checks”, and clearing your legal clutter
  • Forming a separate entity to insulate your personal assets from attachment
  • Getting your clients to pay you—in full and on time
  • Having the difficult discussions that many business owners avoid (until it’s too late)
  • Hiring support “staff” and properly classifying them as independent contractors or employees
  • Insuring your business against various losses and in compliance with all applicable laws
  • Memorializing your agreements in clear and effective writings or contracts
  • Resolving the inevitable conflicts that will arise

Combined, Nina and I also have 38 years of legal experience, 20 years in the business of law, 44 years in business leadership and strategy, 15 years in human resources, 23 years in conflict resolution, and 26 years in litigation. Plus, we have a team of collaborators in employment, intellectual property, real estate, tax, and other areas of law to fully serve your small business needs.

As we design new workflows, forms, kits, and offerings, we’d love to get your input and have launched a survey you can access through this link. If you’d like to discuss any of this one-on-one, or if you have an immediate need for a legal consultation, you can contact my assistant, Tyler, to arrange a call or meeting.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick, where she and her team of employees, vendors, and strategic partners deconstruct conflict and re-create it as opportunity, using a holistic, integrative approach. Nance resolves conflict and cultivates leaders, using her EEOC training, as well as her proprietary Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, which is described in more detail in her first book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist).

Nina Kaufman, Esq. is a small business champion—not just your ordinary business attorney. Forbes Magazine calls her “One of the 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship.”  The U.S. Small Business Administration named her their regional Women in Business Champion of the Year for her creative approaches to educating and advocating for small businesses.  In over 15 years in business, Kaufman has helped thousands of entrepreneurs in the generation of tens of millions of dollars by working diligently to help her clients save time, money and aggravation with business law issues. As a trusted thought leader, Kaufman reaches over 2 million readers each month on Entrepreneur.com.