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Recent Legal and Regulatory Updates: What Michigan Business Owners Need to Know

  • November 22, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

It’s said that the only constant in life is change, and that applies to the business world as well. The last several years have kept Michigan business owners constantly on their toes, with rapidly evolving changes to the economy, the way businesses have been run […]

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Limit Your Risks When Personally Guaranteeing Your Company’s Debts

  • October 6, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

It’s not possible for most capital-intensive businesses to simply “bootstrap” their way to success. It’s often necessary for them to borrow as a means of expanding—or just stay afloat. And when a business does borrow, it’s typically not just the business, itself, that’s on the […]

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7 Provisions Michigan Business Owners Should be Wary of When Negotiating a Commercial Lease

  • September 19, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

Many of us, and even us lawyers, go through life giving little thought to many contracts we enter into. The cellular service company’s terms of service, the car rental agreement, the waiver form from a youth sports organization—even if we take the time to read […]

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Dos, Don’ts, and 7 Common Sources of Funding for Small Businesses in Michigan

  • July 13, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

As inflation soars and economic growth slows, more Michigan small businesses may be looking to secure outside funding to keep their business operations humming. The process of identifying and securing funding, however, can be intimidating and costly if mistakes are made. There are many funding […]

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Who Owns Your Small Business’ Intellectual Property? The Answer May (unpleasantly) Surprise You

  • June 22, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

Almost every small business, no matter how small, has some form of intellectual property to protect. It might be a trademark (e.g., a logo), a copyright (e.g., a user manual), a patent or other form of IP it owns. Or, at least, thinks it owns. […]

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The Potential Benefits of Treating Your Companies as a “Controlled Group” Come with Legal Risks

  • April 18, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

In general, for a company that offers its employees health insurance benefits, the more employees there, the lower the premium costs are per employee. So if a business owner owns more than one business, it might be tempting to try to bundle all the people […]

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5 Scenarios Where it’s Critical to Call Your Business Attorney

  • March 21, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

We may not always like it, but us business attorneys know that you business owners are often out there wheelin’ and dealin’ with handshakes and a hope for the best, and in many cases that works out okay. We would like you to more frequently […]

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Limit Your Liability by Dissolving Your Inactive Michigan LLC

  • February 14, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

There’s a reason the term “serial entrepreneur” is so common: certain people love starting multiple business ventures—sometimes juggling multiple businesses at once. Owning more than one business can have benefits, such as diversifying an entrepreneur’s income streams and better utilizing certain fixed overhead costs, such […]

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Practical Ideas for Business Succession Planning in Michigan

  • January 24, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

A business succession plan, like an estate plan for an individual, is something that requires clear-eyed, strategic thinking. It’s not something to put off until it becomes an urgent necessity. In fact, thinking through an exit strategy earlier than a business owner may think it’s […]

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Non-Compete Agreements are Still Enforceable in Michigan, But Businesses Should Prepare for a Day When They Aren’t

  • November 11, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

In an article titled “The Great Acceleration,” McKinsey asserts that, “The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends.” From remote work to digitization, we’ve seen a number of workplace trends gain steam since March 2020. Another is the movement, among courts and lawmakers, to limit the […]

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The business and employment attorneys of Dalton & Tomich take your business just as seriously as you do. Attorneys Zana Tomich and Noel Sterett are trusted by closely held family businesses and others across Michigan and Northern Illinois as invaluable partners and counselors. We guarantee all your calls and emails will be returned within one business day so you can focus on what you do best: running your business.