'Something Wicked This Way Comes'

Being cooped up in the house in New England this time of year isn't fun. To live up here, one must have a rich interior life. If you don't have a Netflix subscription, books become really important to maintaining a positive state of mind.

Each winter, I try to pick a reading theme. Last year's was murder mysteries set in ancient Rome (books ...Read more

Ding In Your Business


Deregulation for Small Businesses? Don't Hold Your Breath

The White House recently issued an executive order designed to reduce government regulation of small businesses (for the full text of the order, visit the White House website).

The purpose of the order is simple: reduce the number of regulations federal government...Read more

4 Easy Rules That Will Keep Your Delaware Corporation Alive

"Some friends and I started a high-tech business a couple of years ago and formed a Delaware corporation to run the business. We live and work in another state but were told that Delaware was the place to be for tech startups (it may have been one of your columns, actually).

"We formed the corporation online to save money, and it seemed like ...Read more

Battling The Big-Box Retailers: Part 2 of 2

As I said last week, nothing frightens a small business owner more than hearing that one of the big-box retail chains, such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Lowes, Home Depot and the like, is moving to town.

In last week's column, I gave you an overview of what you have to do to beat Goliath. Here are some specific tips that have worked for many of my ...Read more

Battling the Big-Box Retailers: Part 1 of 2

Nothing -- and I mean nothing -- frightens a small business owner more than hearing that one of the big-box retail chains, such as Wal-Mart, Costco, Lowes and Home Depot, is moving into town.

There are two reasons it has never been easy for a small retailer to compete with the big chains:

--Big chain stores buy merchandise in massive ...Read more

How Serious Is That Lawsuit Threat?

"I started a business selling on a couple of years ago. Most of our merchandise we acquire through established liquidation firms and other very reputable sources.

"Last week I received a letter from a law firm located halfway across the country ordering me to stop selling one of our most profitable products. The letter says the ...Read more

Getting Your Franchise to Approve a Resale

Editor's Note from ArcaMax: Today's edition is being re-sent because the earlier one did not have the article. Sorry about that!

"I bought a well-known franchise 12 years ago and have built my territory into a multi million dollar business.

"I decided last year to retire and sell my franchise but the franchise has thrown a number of ...Read more

Your New Year's Resolutions for 2017: Part 2 of 2

Here are more New Year's resolutions for business owners.

Is Your Business Crowdfundable? New regulations passed in May 2016 allow many small businesses to raise money from their social media followers and others on crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo. If you have a craft brewery, a specialty foods restaurant, a historic bed-and-breakfast or ...Read more

Your New Year's Resolutions for 2017: Part 1 of 2

New Year's resolutions are all about habits -- breaking bad ones (smoking, drinking excessively, binging on fast food, etc.) and starting new ones (working out, eating more Brussels sprouts, etc.).

Businesses, like individuals, develop bad habits over time that need correction, while success in business over the long run usually means ...Read more

Will You Be Able to Serve the Millennial Generation?

"I am an accountant who has been working with small businesses for over 30 years. I don't consider myself an 'old person,' and am actually quite fluent in today's digital technology (at least my kids tell me I am).

"As my clients retire and pass their businesses on to their own children, though, I find myself having more and more trouble with...Read more

Using LinkedIn In Your Social Media Marketing Program

When developing your social media marketing strategy, it's important to make sure you're putting your time where it counts. Social media can be a time vampire, and not all platforms perform well for every business.

If your business is consumer-oriented, or B2C, you probably spend a lot of time on Facebook. If your business is image-driven, ...Read more

Year-End Tax Planning for 2016

As most of us prepare for a joyous holiday season, lawyers, accountants, tax planners and financial planners prepare for the dreaded year-end crunch, when virtually all of their clients try to cram deals through the pipeline before the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

As a young lawyer, I frequently pulled 100-hour weeks between ...Read more


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