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“The Field” Announces Kickoff Event for Food Entrepreneurs

  • August 4, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Food businesses are booming in Detroit, and Dalton & Tomich is happy to be planting the seeds of future success for local food entrepreneurs. We have been representing an increasing number of food-related businesses in the city, and as part of our effort to encourage […]

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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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Is a Recipe Intellectual Property?

  • July 6, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Imagine this: a restaurant hires a celebrity chef to give its business a boost with a headliner to draw new customers to the establishment. The celebrity chef creates new dishes while employed at the restaurant, and naturally, a following ensues that increases business. A few years […]

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Cooking up a Culinary Nonprofit

  • June 29, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Like so many of our friends and clients, we’re passionate about food. We’re also passionate about contributing to the continued revitalization of the City of Detroit. This summer we are bringing the two together by partnering with local chefs, restaurateurs and other business owners in creating […]

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Department of Labor Overtime Changes Bring New Wrinkle to Employers

  • May 18, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

As I talk to employers in various industries, one of the most common misconceptions that I hear time and time again is that as long as an employee is paid salary, there is no need to worry about paying overtime. This statement is not entirely […]

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Non-Solicitation Clauses Remain Relevant in Michigan

  • May 9, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Most companies are familiar with Non-Compete clauses and routinely consider including them in Employment Agreements with new employees. However, clients in certain industries – like the creative sector – often believe they are not customary, and unwilling to make them a part of their culture. […]

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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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Work For Hire: What it is and Why it Matters

  • March 14, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Work Made for Hire (or Work for Hire) is a long established doctrine that provides some exceptions to general Copyright law, which provide an author or creator of written work automatic copyright protection in his or her work. When an employee is hired for a […]

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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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Detroit restaurants get national press, but opening one not without its challenges

  • January 7, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

An article published this week by Mark Guarino of the Washington Post highlights the rapidly developing food scene in Detroit. Guarino says the city is “in the midst of a culinary transformation” on the way to “becoming a food mecca.” Those aren’t words to be […]

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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.