How to "fire" a potential business partner that people like in a small town?

I'm starting a new photo/design business (in addition to an IT consultancy). I was trying to partner up with a guy that a lot of people really like in our small town (he had a bunch of photo equipment that I wanted to utilize and a lot of free time to take pictures). Today we had an appointment to meet and sign our partnership agreement and then we had a very important call to make with a potential client. He flaked. I called him multiple times, but he never responded. I went to his house (where we were supposed to meet), and I could see he was home, but he wasn't answering his door - I suspect he was still asleep. I decided this was totally unprofessional and something I don't ever want to deal with again. I called the client and put together the deal on my own. I'll do the work myself. I'm concerned about public back-lash. It could be bad if potential clients to hear I handled him poorly. How would you suggest I break it to this potential partner that I'm cutting him out?

Asked By: - 8/9/2007
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Ah you've reached the reality check already!!!! Thank god you did it before you incorporate... More
Answered By: jodartha - 8/9/2007
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it doesn't sound like you've done anything publicly negative yet. He wasn't there to sign partnership agreement, he must not be very interested. You just need to talk to him and find out what's going on. I would hold that client you signed out of the 50-50 deal or whatever, since he didn't show for the appt. - any... More
Answered By: Dr. Deth - 8/9/2007
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