Selling Your Business? Engage A Business Broker
The coronavirus pause that shut down most New York businesses this spring inadvertently became an inflection point for business owners to take a contemplative time-out. Dealing with unprecedented down time and the real-life scenario of a pandemic forced many business owners to think about exit plans. For some, the pandemic even accelerated that desire. Some business owners have built-in successors – next generation family members or internal employee candidates. But if you ne
Pushing through COVID: How Four Leading Rockland Businesses Have Endured Through the Crisis
This article examines how four leading Rockland businesses have navigated through the COVID-19 crisis. I spoke with Larry Beckerle of Beckerle Lumber, Joseph Rand of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Michael Khekoian of Computuners, and Howard Hellman of All Bright Electric. I got to know each one of these leaders through my longstanding membership in the Rockland Business Association, whose mission is to advocate for and support Rockland businesses and who is now at the
Roll Back Eviction Moratorium
More than 50 percent of commercial tenants have not paid rent since mid-March. Some have skipped payments; others have sought rent abatement or deferrals. Due to the grave and unprecedented circumstances brought on by the coronavirus shutdown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo temporarily prohibited landlords from evicting tenants who were in arrears. No matter how well-intentioned the emergency measure seemed, the eviction ban has shifted the financial burden of the pandemic from tenants to
Are electronic signatures binding?
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses necessarily shifted to remote and digital work. In that shift, the use of handwritten or original signatures was largely shunted aside in favor of electronic signatures. In a prescient approach, New York State already had a long-standing statutory framework recognizing the validity of electronic signatures on most documents. In 2000, New York State adopted the Electronic Signatures and Records Act (ESRA). This Act give
Another danger of COVID-19: copyright troll infestation?
During the pandemic business owners have hurriedly shifted more of their marketing resources to digital outlets and social media. In this rush to boost business, entrepreneurs may unknowingly be using material that does not belong to them. While that’s been done innocently enough, business owners could find themselves paying for that mistake because a legion of “copyright trolls” or lawyers trolling for these errors, are out in force and looking for a pay day Read our full d