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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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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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How to Remove an LLC Member in Michigan

  • September 14, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

You’ve probably heard this analogy before: Going into business with a partner is very much like getting married. In a best case scenario, partners build a thriving business that brings them personal satisfaction and financial success. However, just as in marriage, irreconcilable differences can arise […]

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Zana Tomich Named a “Go-To” Business Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • January 4, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466 Detroit—December 30, 2020—Zana Tomich, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Business by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are leaders […]

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Business Opportunities for Alternative Education Providers and the Legal Issues They Will Face

  • August 3, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

America is on the verge of a pandemic-induced revolution in education. The increase in demand for private education alternatives is creating a golden opportunity for those willing and able to meet it. But along with the new and emerging opportunities, parents, teachers, private schools and […]

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Why Starting A Business Venture Now Might Make Sense

  • July 15, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

Yes, it may sound a bit crazy. And yes, it comes with risk. But so does everything worth doing. And then there’s this fact to consider: Some of the most successful companies in the U.S. started in the Great Depression or other recessions, including Disney […]

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Starting a Restaurant in Detroit : Legal & Administrative Restaurant Startup Checklist

  • September 26, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last year, I wrote about the top six legal considerations for opening and running a restaurant in Detroit. Those considerations still remain relevant today. In addition to the legal considerations I previously blogged about, there is a laundry list of administrative items that one must consider and […]

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Top 5 Legal Considerations Facing Food Trucks

  • July 18, 2016
  • by Admin

There’s no question about it: the food truck industry is booming. While food trucks are certainly a popular choice for burgeoning entrepreneurs, they also involve many unique legal considerations. Below is a summary of some of the most common legal issues facing food truck owners. Choosing […]

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Raising Capital in the Restaurant Industry

  • April 11, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Clients often come to us with a great restaurant, or business, concept, ready to form their company, but with only a small percentage of the money needed to bring their idea to fruition. The first of many questions is often, how do we get funding? […]

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Does Big Data apply to the Small Business?

  • January 26, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Big data, or data collection, are buzz words we read or hear about on a daily basis. Some of the world’s largest and most profitable companies, known for their cutting edge technology, search engines, software, and high-demand products are really in the business of collecting, […]

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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.