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Lease Negotiation Tip: Don’t Overlook the Letter of Intent

  • November 13, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

The number one lease negotiation issue Detroit-based business attorney Zana Tomich sees clients run into is the lease letter of intent or LOI. It can be just as important as the lease itself and often dictates the terms of the lease. As Zana explains in […]

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Selling a Small Business: 7 Tips for a Successful Sale

  • November 13, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

 If you’re interested in selling a Detroit small business or a closely held operation based elsewhere in Michigan, you know that it’s not something you can do on the open market. Finding an interested buyer for your small business is half the battle. The […]

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Why is Succession Planning for the Family Business Important?

  • October 10, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

I represent dozens of small and family businesses and one of the things that I see family businesses overlook is a succession plan.  That is how can the company prepare for the future and live beyond the current generation. What happens when someone retires? What if […]

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First Batch of Redevelopment Zone Detroit Liquor Licenses Approved

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Kurt Nagl wrote in May about about the City of Detroit seeking approval for 20 new liquor licenses through the Redevelopment Area Liquor Licenses that were made available through the State of Michigan. Though the matter was on the agenda for […]

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More liquor licenses could be coming to Detroit, but getting one may still be complicated

  • May 23, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

A total of 63 new Detroit liquor licenses could be issued, according to a recent article by Crain’s Detroit Business. I had the pleasure of chatting with reporter Kurt Nagl about the development. While this is good news for bars and restaurants hoping to attain […]

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What to Know Before Signing a Letter of Intent for a Lease

  • May 21, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

You’ve spent hours upon hours researching property listings. You’ve spent untold weekends looking at spaces. Finally, you’ve found the perfect place to rent for your business. Congratulations! At this point, you may be tempted to dive right in. But before you take the first official […]

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Succession Planning: Estate Planning for Your Business

  • March 6, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

Succession planning is a process all small business leaders should undertake.  Similar to estate plans for individuals, succession plans are used to address situations where there is a death, disability, or retirement of key individuals in the company. When a company is owned by just […]

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City of Detroit issues guidance on how to start a food truck business

  • September 1, 2017
  • by Admin

There’s no question about it: the food truck industry is booming, especially in Detroit. Despite the industry’s rapid growth and evolution, many municipalities still offer no clear guidance on how to legally operate a food truck. This lack of guidance is understandably nerve-wracking for new […]

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How to Obtain a Liquor License in Detroit

  • August 29, 2017
  • by Admin

In this video, attorney Zana Tomich of Dalton & Tomich, PLC helps restaurant and bar owners understand the steps to getting a Class C on premises liquor license in the City of Detroit, where such licenses are in short supply and high demand. She discusses […]

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Opening and Running a Detroit Restaurant: 6 Legal Considerations

  • August 18, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

Detroit attorney Zana Tomich of Dalton & Tomich, PLC shares tips for restaurant entrepreneurs and others looking to open food related business in Detroit. Topics include Getting Your House in Order, Secure Your Location, Licensing and Permits, Employment Issues and Trade Names and Branding. Read […]

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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.