Special thank you to Cody Borke for co-authoring this article! Cody is a 2019 graduate of Western Michigan University who is spending his gap year working at Fausone Bohn. Cody plans to go to law school in 2020 and specialize in corporate and business law. According to a recent Capital Access Report authored by the … Continue reading The More You Know: 5 Uncommon Sources of Capital for Metro Detroit Entrepreneurs
Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I am the #Trilawyer (basically, a lawyer whose hobby is doing triathlons). The cycling leg just happens to be my favorite, I love going to spin class at the gym, and I am also a big fan of watching pro cycling on TV. Anyone else … Continue reading Don’t Spin Out: 5 Lessons for Every Business Owner From the Peloton Copyright Lawsuit.
Whether you are a one-man computer whiz coding the next blockbuster iPhone app, or a five-employee manufacturer making parts for a Tier 1 auto supplier, you need basic corporate forms to protect your assets and investments. A limited liability company (or LLC) is the preferred way to organize and obtain this protection. Plus, if you … Continue reading 4 Must Have Legal Documents for New Business Owners
In 2018, Michigan citizens overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1 to legalize recreational marijuana. While medicinal marijuana has been legal in Michigan for several years now, the recreational marijuana law will certainly expand the availability of the drug across the state. But what does that mean for the Michigan business community? Legalization will impact your business, even … Continue reading Smoke ’em if You Got ’em: 4 Questions to Ask When Selling Commercial Real Estate in the Marijuana Era
Do you remember Matthew Lesko, the "FREE MONEY" guy who touted his books on late-night infomercials and wore a loud suit with question marks? Of course, as we all know, something like "free money" is too good to be true. And that is why Mr. Lesko got in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission. But … Continue reading What Can Brown (-fields) Do For You? 9 Essential Questions and Answers About Brownfield Incentives
No matter what industry you are in, you have probably encountered non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In Michigan, standard pre-employment paperwork often contains obligations for the employee not to compete with the employer (non-compete) and not to solicit the employers existing customers or other employees (non-solicitation). Although these obligations may be same boilerplate paragraph of the … Continue reading Non-Compete vs. Non-Solicitation: Key Differences that Every Employer Must Know
It is a classic horror movie plot line. The good guy finally killed off that scary monster/evil janitor/gremlin. Hooray! Triumphant, the hero turns his back to celebrate with fellow survivors when SUDDENLY the monster/evil janitor/gremlin rises from the dead to take down that one final victim! In the business world, if you do not take … Continue reading Terror From Beyond the Grave: 5 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Terminating Your Company
What do you associate most with the start of a new year? I personally think of resolutions and how the gym gets crowded with all those who resolve to get in shape. So for many, the New Year is about a new start, a chance to set goals, and a chance to catch up on … Continue reading Happy 2019! ‘Tis the Season for (Corporate) Resolutions!
Every business owner needs to incorporate. Forget about sole proprietorships or a partnership -- running your business without formally organizing is like driving without insurance: You will be OK so long as you don't get into an accident. But when someone rear-ends you, you will be in dire financial straits regardless of who caused the … Continue reading Starting a Business? Choose Your Organizational Structure!
As a new and growing business owner, you read my articles on incorporation and essential corporate documents, and took my advice to heart. You retained an attorney and accountant, drafted and filed the basic forms, and Small Business LLC is up-and-running. However, you are not done -- there are important steps to take for you … Continue reading Don’t Pierce My Corporate Veil, Bro: Avoid Losing Your Corporate Protection
What are the biggest trends and challenges facing Metro Detroit business owners in the new year? I attended the dBusiness Economic Forecast Forum at the beautiful Gem Theater downtown Detroit to find out. Trend - Michigan is a Middle Market Business Hotbed. Michigan (and especially Metro Detroit) is a national hotbed for attracting middle market … Continue reading Metro Detroit Economic Forecast 2019 – Two Biggest Trends and Challenges Facing Business Owners
You finally got that phone call from the California venture capital firm that wants to buy your start-up for a couple of million dollars. You are eager to sell and use that money to pursue other projects and passions. The attorneys and accountants have been retained, and the Asset Purchase Agreement has been drafted. But … Continue reading 5 Often-Overlooked Essentials When Selling Your Business