3 Things You Didn’t Know About Selling Gift Certificates

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Retail Industry | No Comments
3 Things You  Didn’t Know About Selling Gift Certificates

Black Friday is a few weeks away and if you’re a small business, you’re thinking about ways to give your customers what they want this season. Customers love gift certificates and store gift cards. You should love them too. Selling gift certificates is a great way to keep people coming back to your store year-round. If […]

Lisa R. Carter presents Hack the Law: 5 Big Legal Questions (and Answers) for Startups

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Live Events | No Comments

Join attorney Lisa Carter to discuss five of the big legal questions for those running startups, working for startups, or thinking about launching startups: 1. Unpaid Interns: Can You Do It or Not? 2. Employees vs. Independent Contractors 3. Use Contracts, Not Handshakes: Why A Handshake Means Nothing 4. Non-disclosure Agreements And What They Mean […]

Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean You Should Do It

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in News & Articles | No Comments
Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean You Should Do It

Ashburn’s Ice Cream had been a community staple for several decades and the community held fond memories of the institution. Larry Robertson decided to revive the shop he’d enjoyed in his childhood to unexpected protests from the community.  An article by Sandra Baker in the Star-Telegram details the scenario. The ice cream shop went out […]

American Entrepreneur: How One Woman Made the World’s Drink Uniquely American

American Entrepreneur: How One Woman Made the World’s Drink Uniquely American

  Many people are familiar with the creamy spiced drink that tastes like fall and smells like a very happy place. We call it chai.  In the United States, we identify that with a very specific drink when in fact “chai” is just the word for tea in India. And in most parts of the […]

What Your Esthetician Can Teach You About Business Planning

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Starting a Business | No Comments
What Your Esthetician Can Teach You About Business Planning

Showing up to your lawyer’s office without a business plan is like not doing a trim before going in for a bikini wax.  You can still get the wax, but it will be harder for everyone involved. I always try to stress the importance of business planning, in part, because there is no substitute for […]

Website Terms of Service: Will Anyone Ever Read It? Yes… But Not Who You Think

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Contracts | No Comments
Website Terms of Service:  Will Anyone Ever Read It? Yes… But Not Who You Think

Raise your hand if you’ve ever read a website terms of service agreement from start to finish?  … Anyone?  (People who do this for a living cannot participate in the survey) I’ll admit, I’ve never read one from start to finish in my personal use.  And sometimes I feel a little guilty about simply scrolling […]

Crowdfunding: Yes. That’s a Contract!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Contracts | No Comments
Crowdfunding:  Yes. That’s a Contract!

One of the more recent and popular tools in the entrepreneur’s tool box is crowdfunding for business.  Projects and ideas whose funding used to be left up to the whims of a generous uncle can now be funded by people who are genuinely interested in the project. The way it works is that you post […]

Protecting Your Recipe Whoever Said Secrets Were Bad Wasn’t a Chef

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Food Industry | No Comments
<span class="entry-title-primary">Protecting Your Recipe</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Whoever Said Secrets Were Bad Wasn’t a Chef</span>

Chefs have a special gift in the way they transform simple ingredients into a masterful work of culinary art.  But how can they protect their art (i.e. protecting your recipes)? For many business owners who create a unique product, they have the benefit of some kind of protection. Photographers, painters, and musicians, for example, all […]

3 Non-Tax Reasons To Form A Business Entity

3 Non-Tax Reasons To Form A Business Entity

For most people, tax concerns are the main reason they discuss business formation with a lawyer. Tax considerations are important, but other issues should also be at the forefront of a new business owner’s mind. Protecting your personal assets, understanding your contributions to the business and your authority within the business, and the specific rules […]

Starting a Food Business in Illinois

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Food Industry | No Comments
Starting a Food Business in Illinois

Who doesn’t like food?  Studies have shown that people generate more pleasure from food than other activities such as sex.  Whoa! Here in the U.S., we are approaching a groundswell in the consumption and production of food and food products.  According to Pew research, grocery/organic/healthy foods are expected to increase in sales by 50% by […]