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Before You Fire an Employee, CYA

Ending relationships with employees can prove to be surprisingly expensive. If your business is in a position where it needs to cut the payroll in…

How to Troll for Trouble without Really Trying

Intellectual property laws are extremely complex and theses complexities are increasingly exploited by patent assertion entities, more commonly known to us as patent trolls. These patent trolls are not the stuff of fairy tales. They are quite real, and the bane of businesses small and large; businesses that may find themselves targeted without having done anything wrong.

How to Minimize Your Legal Bills

When hiring an attorney, cost is often the foremost concern. Because most attorneys bill on an hourly basis and hourly rates can run very high, it is challenging to correctly budget for legal expenses.

10 Social Media Dos and Don’ts

Can you dictate what employees can and cannot do on social media? You can—up to a point.

Does Your Business Need a Weather Risk Protection Plan?

If anyone doubts that snowfall is becoming more unpredictable, they need only look back over the past few seasons: record snowfall during the winter of 2010/2011, then a freak Halloween snowstorm in the fall of 2011, followed by practically no snow at all during the winter of 2011/2012.

Human Resources   view all articles

Low Cost Hiring Solutions

Free Employment and Training Programs A lot of businesses may not realize that in most communities, nonprofits are paid by the government to train job…

Healthy Growth: Nutricap Labs Founder Jason Provenzano

In less than 10 years, Nutricap Labs, a vitamin and supplement manufacturing company based in Farmingdale, Long Island, has grown to 350 employees, and to more than $75 million in sales.

What is Your Most Effective Interview Question?

This month, we asked our members the following: When interviewing a potential employee, what is your most effective interview question? Here are some highlights from the responses we received.

Gen Y Workers Get Mixed Reviews

A third of our survey respondents reported that, while the work of Generation Y employees (workers born between 1980 and 1995) has met expectations, these young employees have a disconcertingly strong sense of the rights and privileges due to them.

5 Steps to Building a Winning Internship Program

Interns. They’ll drain your time, make mistakes, and commit political errors—but they will also contribute fresh ideas and add much-needed manpower to complete projects. All in all, it’s usually a fair trade-off—your time for their labor.

Insurance   view all articles

Does Your Business Need a Weather Risk Protection Plan?

If anyone doubts that snowfall is becoming more unpredictable, they need only look back over the past few seasons: record snowfall during the winter of 2010/2011, then a freak Halloween snowstorm in the fall of 2011, followed by practically no snow at all during the winter of 2011/2012.

Insurance Coverage for Business Losses from Sandy

If you were among the many business owners in our region that were adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy, then you may have a claim under your Business Owner's Policy (BOP). A BOP policy contains a package of various types of coverages. I recently checked my policy and believe that I have three types of applicable coverages.

Has Your Insurance Broker Got You Covered?

An insurance broker is a risk management professional who should be able to save you money and be able to clearly explain what kind of insurance your business needs.

Don’t Lose the Claim Game

Good risk management is more than picking policies and paying premiums. It’s also about collecting on your legitimate claims — something that you can’t take for granted. Business owners are often caught off guard when, instead of simply dropping a check in the mail, an insurer stalls, makes a lowball offer, or threatens to deny payment altogether. They shouldn’t be surprised.

Unemployment Insurance Should Not Be for the Fraudster

The Department of Labor estimates that $4 billion in unemployment claim overpayments are handed out each year to individuals who are guilty of small scale unemployment tax fraud. The message here: Unemployment tax fraud is easier than it ought to be.

Attract and Retain Employees   view all articles

What is Your Most Effective Interview Question?

This month, we asked our members the following: When interviewing a potential employee, what is your most effective interview question? Here are some highlights from the responses we received.

5 Steps to Building a Winning Internship Program

Interns. They’ll drain your time, make mistakes, and commit political errors—but they will also contribute fresh ideas and add much-needed manpower to complete projects. All in all, it’s usually a fair trade-off—your time for their labor.

More Businesses Plan to Hire Temporary Workers than Full-Time Employees

A January 2012 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index poll found that less than 10 percent of the businesses surveyed planned on decreasing the overall number of positions at their company, the lowest number since January 2008.

Forget Customer Loyalty—Your Employees Matter More

If we think of leadership styles on the most basic of levels, a few obvious techniques come to mind. There is leadership modeled after imprinting. Think of employees as baby ducks blindly following the first thing they see when they open their eyes, usually a parent, without any independent thought whatsoever.

Fear of Losing Top Talent Becoming Prevalent

Should you be worried about losing your best workers? According to our survey, the majority of people are, at least a little bit. But that may be a natural concern. “I think companies should always be concerned about losing their top performers no matter what the economy is like,” says Barbara Kurka, senior vice president of human resources at Katz Media Group, Inc.

Culture, Hiring and Management   view all articles

Before You Fire an Employee, CYA

Ending relationships with employees can prove to be surprisingly expensive. If your business is in a position where it needs to cut the payroll in…

Low Cost Hiring Solutions

Free Employment and Training Programs A lot of businesses may not realize that in most communities, nonprofits are paid by the government to train job…

Culture Club: Get Your Staff to Love Their Jobs

When you walk into your business, are you greeted with smiling faces and the hum of busy, happy workers, or are you met with glum…

Human Resources Successes

Readers of this column and attendees at our events probably know how I feel about human resources: Your staff is one of the most important…

What is Your Most Effective Interview Question?

This month, we asked our members the following: When interviewing a potential employee, what is your most effective interview question? Here are some highlights from the responses we received.

Green and Social Entrepreneurship   view all articles

Give Back, Get Back

A group of New York City high school students are hanging out, eating pizza, and talking about Facebook. Nothing too out of the ordinary, right? Here’s the twist: the students are talking about Facebook with the CEO of a local CRM solutions provider, and his employees.

Building a Community

Renee Brown, president and CEO of C.W. Brown Inc., has taken her business from a two-person enterprise in the basement of her starter home to a $40 million plus company with more than 75 employees, including both office staff and field staff. Founded in 1984 by Brown and her husband, Charlie, C.W.

Sweet Charity

After a wild fourth quarter, many people are looking to make their gift giving dollars go further. And the year’s end also is a popular time to donate to charities and support causes. Not only does this time of year evoke a holiday spirit of generosity, but it’s the last chance to squeeze in another tax deduction if you’ve been a bit of a Scrooge in ’08.

Do Good to Do Well

Disrupting an established, old-school industry and helping out developing countries at the same time—who said you shouldn’t multitask? A condom company with a socially responsible business model, Sir Richard’s operates in the same vein as TOMs Shoes and Warby Parker.

5 Minutes with… Lauren Bush Lauren

Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO, creative director, and co-founder of FEED, a mission-driven company that creates and sells FEED-branded canvas bags, bears, T-shirts, and other accessories to benefit charities that help feed hungry children around the world. Bush Lauren was inspired to found the company in 2006, after working abroad with the United Nations World Food Programme.

Work Life Issues   view all articles

Why It’s Good to be a Millennial

I love being a millennial. I don’t know if it’s because I’m glad I grew up with the internet, or because I’m glad that the internet comes so easily to me.

Compassion as Strategy

I run my business based on practices that aren’t common for most business owners and CEOs. I have mentioned many different philosophies that I practice throughout my blogs, such as open book management. Another philosophy I hold dear to my heart, which many CEOs don’t feel necessary, is running my company by compassion.

A Healthier Entrepreneur

Do you pay more attention to your business than you do your body? There are a few ways you can eat healthier without investing a lot of time or thought.

Find Your “Off” Button to Stay Sane during Stressful Days

Are you “crazy busy?” If you are like most business owners who wear too many hats, you run around from task to task and react to the bombardment of demands during your day. At a recent speech I gave for small businesses, one CEO said: “Some days I think, ‘If I have to make one more decision I just want to hit the “eject” button!’”

Lean In, but Stay Vulnerable

Sheryl Sandberg has encountered much controversy with her philosophy of women needing to “lean in” to be successful in the business world, and in any world. I agree with Sheryl, and I believe a lot of my success is attributed to the fact that I lean in every day. But, there are more aspects to just leaning in and driving full force through the business world.