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In this blog, the Zana Tomich, Noel Sterrett and the business attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC weigh in on matters of importance to small and closely held business and nonprofit leaders in the Detroit area, Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and beyond. We hope the information here is helpful to you.

A Legal Guide For Startups

Do you have a great business idea and are ready to take the next step to get the business up and running? Here are 5 important legal considerations all entrepreneurs should think about when starting a business. Choosing a Legal Entity An important first step […]

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Transitions in Family Business

With the economy rebounding, property and business valuations increasing, some closely held business owners finally have an eye toward moving on. It may be the right time to sell outright, to exercise a buyout provision of a Shareholder agreement, or establish a succession plan. With […]

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Michigan’s Cottage Food Law: What Food Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Do you have a great food business idea but want to test the waters before fully committing to the business? The Michigan Cottage Food Law could be a great opportunity for you to test the market, perfect your idea, and gain some business experience without […]

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FMLA Expands Definition of “Spouse” to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

In February, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an important new rule that revises the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the updated definition, the term “spouse” now includes employees who are in legal same-sex marriages, regardless of […]

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Tips for a Smart Business Website

The past few weeks, our blogs have been focused on tips for starting a new business, including posts on funding, leases, and zoning issues. Something else that is essential for new businesses is an attractive and functional website. This post, while by no means exhaustive, […]

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Top 6 Legal Considerations for Opening and Running a Restaurant

With the independent food industry rapidly developing in Detroit, we thought we would touch on some legal considerations that restaurant and food industry clients should be aware of as they tap in to the metro Detroit market. 1.  Get Organizational Documents in Order. Choose a […]

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5 Ways to Fund Your Business

Over the last couple weeks, we’ve shared important initial considerations for businesses, including tips for negotiating their lease and zoning considerations for businesses seeking to open in Detroit. In keeping with this theme, today we share with you 5 common methods that business owners can […]

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5 Things to Know When Negotiating a Lease

Last week, with much fan-fare, the John Varvatos retail store opened its first location in Michigan in the historic Wright-Kay building, on storied Woodward Avenue, in Detroit. The excitement of new retailers, large and small, continues to attract Tenants to Detroit that previously had not […]

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Food and Franchising

With the independent food industry rapidly developing in Detroit, we thought we would revisit one method of ownership that is often the gateway into the restaurant industry. There are various approaches to restaurant ownership, i.e. passive investment, owner/operator, but as business attorneys we are often […]

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2014 in Review

Here at Dalton & Tomich we are very happy to welcome in 2015. We are very excited for the possibilities ahead of us this year. With the future in mind, this post is a look back at some of the Dalton & Tomich highlights of […]

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