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March 2017 Newsletter: Doing Business With Uncle Sam Part II: Negotiations

Last month we discussed some basics of government contracts, including contract types. This month we will explore the topic further looking specifically at negotiating contracts with the government (federal and state). Like large commercial entities, the government definitely appears to have the upper hand. For many small businesses that translates into a reluctance to fully [..]

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February 2017 Newsletter: Doing Business With Uncle Sam

The Esquire’s Letter So you have a useful good or important service that the government – local, state, or federal – is buying and you want the government as a customer. And why wouldn’t you, the federal government spends over $400 billion a year with federal contractors; states like Maryland spend nearly $8 billion a [..]

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Celebrating Tax Day?

April is home to two important dates, my birthday, and tax day which traditionally falls on my birthday (4/15). While my birthday is a day of celebration, as a small business owner dealing with taxes is one of the most undesirable parts of business. Many of us come from a 9-to-5 where taxes are straightforward [..]

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“It’s Greek to Me!” 3 Steps to Reviewing Contracts

We’ve all heard the expression “It’s Greek to me!”-  the old saying that people use when they don’t have a full (and sometimes even partial) understanding of a certain concept or thing.   I often hear this sentiment when it comes to understanding the meanings of certain contract terms and phrases.  Like this one: “Upon such [..]

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Is Crowdfunding Right For Your Business

 The Esquire’s Letter Securing enough financing to start a business is often the main concern of many small business owners.  Banks are often unwilling to take the risk and lend to a new or relatively new small business.  For many small businesses and startups crowdfunding has filled the financing void.  Crowdfunding involves the solicitation of funds [..]

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It’s Party Time!

Summer is in full swing and if you’re anything like me you’ve attended your fair share of summer events–weddings, reunions, showers, fairs, and pool parties. As a small business owner, events are a great way to connect with clients, as well as forge new relationships because they show appreciation to current customers while attracting new [..]

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Back to School and Back to Business: Employee Training

September means more than just back to school for kids. For a small biz, this is the perfect time to get staff together to ramp up education and training for employees to ensure they have the tools necessary for a strong end-of-year finish. Of course, there are training courses particular to your industry, e.g., in [..]

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When Darkness Falls: Handling the Horrors of Small Business Ownership

There are some days—months even—when owing a small business can feel like taking a tour through the world’s scariest haunted house—dark and scary with the unknown lurking around every corner. In a haunted house those unknown horrors can send you screaming and running for cover (that’s if you’re anything like me in a haunted house). [..]

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