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What’s in YOUR Nondisclosure Agreement?

A Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) has become one of the basic standard documents in every company’s wallet. Between the rising swell of Baby Boomer owners entertaining exit planning, and greater caution surrounding the legal issues of strategic partnering, an NDA is … Continue reading

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  1. Jim marshall says:

    In some areas an NDA requirement preventing hiring any your employees have been found not legal because of is effect on freedom to find new employment for the employee. EG where there are limited opportunities for certain skill sets in the geographic area.

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Choosing Not to Maximize Profits

The other day, a client asked me to review some questions from an MBA student studying business ownership. One of the questions was “Are you doing everything possible to maximize profits?” I’ve seen the same question asked in a number … Continue reading

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  1. Ed Pratesi says:

    John,

    I agree with your premise, what the question should be is “Are you maximizing value?”

    The very choices made by business owners include many of the above that lead not to short term profits but “hopefully” sustainable value.

  2. Frank Arnold says:

    John,

    Well said and of course there is the issue of reinvesting in the business for sustaining and growing profits, but over the long haul.

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What Should A Small Business Insure?

Every business carries insurance. Some is required by law, such as unemployment insurance or coverage on vehicles. Most is optional, but there is “common sense” coverage and more esoteric policies intended to help you recover from company-threatening events. I’ll spend the … Continue reading

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  1. Richard Hummel says:

    Great reminders. Falls under the category of continuity planning which is vital for most family businesses…at least mine.

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The New Information Direction: Push Over Pull

Ever since we started using computers in virtually every business, we’ve been putting data into them. Unfortunately, the issue has been getting information back out. In the middle 1980’s I ran a manufacturing company together with a couple of Australians. They thought … Continue reading

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  1. Mike Wright says:

    We built a company around this in the 90’S. What we need now is for the computer to tell the recipient of the information what they should do with it. Then we will have actionable information. Very Interesting!

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Help Your Friends, Not Your Competitors’

I hear it all too often. “A customer just called us for a quote. They have always done business with our competitor. We’re going to give them our best deal, and see if we can take their business.” Before you … Continue reading

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