Small Business Advice

When I conduct sexual harassment training for various clients, I tend to focus on two subjects that are management-related: culture and retaliation.  Cultivating an Office Culture Culture is something that the business owners and managers get to control. They get to determine the kind of culture that...

The month of April brings the end of the Maryland General Assembly Session. This year brought a couple of labor issues that small business owners need to be aware of.  The first is that Maryland has joined a growing number of jurisdictions who have passed a...

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I know what you're thinking: how could teenage drivers and small biz owners possibly have anything in common? When my teenage daughter was learning how to drive, I found myself saying "What did you do that?!" in a moment of panic. Over the years, I've...

Here is a problem that often troubles many clients, and it's often troubled me as a small business and law firm owner, as well. Many businesses struggle attracting and advertising to clients. For us at the law firm we rely heavily upon referrals and relationships,...

Remember when you were a kid (or maybe more recently for some of us) and you happened to be looking at someone and they asked in a rather hostile tone, “What are you looking at?”  The standard response, at least for me, was, “Nothing much.” ...

I grew up in a small brick rowhouse in a neighborhood about a half-mile outside of Baltimore City, Maryland.  My front yard was about the size of a postage stamp and the backyard was about the size of an envelope.  In order to avoid having...

While we often talk about the logistics of partnership agreements, you should be asking yourself why first. Simon Sinek asks us to think about why when it comes to leadership. I am asking people going into business together to ask a series of why questions....

I was going through policies that often appear in employee handbooks (you can make fun of my nerdiness later). We are approaching the season for two major violations for workplace policy.  If you look at your employee handbook, you’ll likely see a no-solicitation policy, which generally...

Most of us have heard the phrase “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” It references the notion of charity versus teaching or skill-building. We often think about the idea for basic...