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MANA is doing its part to remind representatives and principals that from the moment the partnership is formed and throughout the time sales activities are conducted, both parties are best served by focusing on a win-win relationship. Any time that win-win relationship tips out of balance it puts at risk the success and profitability of both parties.

Principals who perceive themselves as the dominant partner are probably not MANA members, so this message is not addressed to MANA manufacturer members. But MANA representative members will from time to time represent a manufacturer less enlightened than most MANA manufacturer members, and … Read the rest

Questions to Ask Your Lawyer When You Have a Bad Day

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Imagine you have represented a certain manufacturer and provided increasing product sales for a number of years, if not decades. Then one day, you unexpectedly receive a termination notice from the account along with a dictate from the principal as to how the relationship will be wound down. After reading your contract, you disagree with this dictate. Worse yet, you then discover that your key salesperson (who has recently resigned from your company) has been identified by the principal to be its new representative in the same territory! It’s been a bad day! You decide to seek legal advice.

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The Shareholder Agreement:
An Ounce of Prevention vs. a Pound of Cure

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It was Benjamin Franklin who once stated that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” He was telling us that it is better to try to avoid problems in the first place rather than try to fix them once they arise. For small entities serving as manufacturers’ representatives, an ounce of prevention may be found in a contract, often called a Shareholder Agreement, between its owners that specifies how the entity will be run and what happens when certain events occur. For entities with a small number of owners who are active in the daily business operations, Read the rest

Do’s and Don’ts for Sales Reps Engaging Legal Counsel

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photoAt some time during the course of your business as an independent sales representative, you are likely to be faced with the necessity of engaging an attorney to represent your interests. It is recommended that you interview at least two to three attorneys prior to retaining counsel. To facilitate this exercise and make it seem somewhat less daunting, there are some basic tenets that anyone conducting such engagement process should follow. Consider the following four exercises.

Experience

Do: Sales representatives should search for counsel experienced in the particular matter in hand. MANA is an ideal source for such experienced counsel. … Read the rest