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Protect Your Confidential Business Information

I often see cases involving the theft of confidential business information by former employees. Attorney Eric Roth has some helpful tips in a recent blog post on how to deal with the problem. The main take away reminder in my opinion is to take action to protect your trade secrets BEFORE it becomes a problem. … Continue Reading

Roles of Shareholders, Directors and Officers in Closely Held Businesses

I came across this blog post from the Family Business Advocates Blog and thought it was worth sharing. The post describes the various roles of shareholders, directors and officers in closely held family businesses. It’s good information on a topic that is often misunderstood by small business owners. Read the post here.… Continue Reading

Iowa Governor Branstad to Cut $7.7 Million from Judiciary Budget

Governor Branstad announced his proposed budget yesterday with $110 million in cuts. This includes $7.7 million in budget cuts for the judiciary. The budget cuts in the judiciary are alarming. Today, Chief Justice Mark Cady will give his state of the judiciary address. It will be interesting to hear his comments based upon the fact … Continue Reading

Best Lawyers in America® Recognition for Brick Gentry Lawyers

Several Brick Gentry lawyers were recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for 2016-2017. See the full article here. Rush Nigut was named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in three categories including: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (Firm receiving a Tier I rating); Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law Franchise Law … Continue Reading

Square One DSM Startup Stories to Feature iEmergent

Laird Hedlund Nossuli, CEO, and Bernard Nossuli, COO will join Mike Colwell for the September edition of Square One DSM Startup Stories to share the tale of a vision conceived and brought to life by company founder and Laird’s late father Dennis Hedlund. I have had the good fortune of working with this company and … Continue Reading

Coaches Beware! Lawsuits to Become New Norm?

It was reported that Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly and ISU have been sued by former player Nikki Moody. Fennelly is known as a “passionate” and “demanding” coach. In other words, he isn’t afraid to “get after” players in order to motivate them. Moody obviously took exception to his techniques and has alleged … Continue Reading

Individual Liability for Employer Wage and Hour Violations? Be Careful in California

I read an article this past weekend indicating that INDIVIDUALS in California may have liability for wage and hour violations of employers. A scary thought for employee managers indeed. “…Enterprising members of the plaintiffs’ bar have recently sought to read the new law as authorizing a private right of action against individual managers. These lawyers … Continue Reading

Investigate Franchises Carefully Before Investing or Buying

In the Des Moines Register today there is an article about a food truck franchiser that allegedly got cross-wise with investors and franchisees. The article shows just how critical it is to perform due diligence when it relates to franchises (or any other business opportunity). I have a number of posts available I have written … Continue Reading

How Do Presidential Candidates Stack Up on Small Business Issues?

I normally try to avoid political issues and discussion because really it does me no good. I am sure to tick someone off because I have clients who are on both sides of the aisle and some that are not political at all. But since the Iowa Caucuses enjoy first-in-the-nation status, I’ve decided to join … Continue Reading

Should Non-Compete Agreements Be Enforceable in Iowa?

People often mistakenly believe that non-compete agreements are not enforceable in Iowa. Sometimes people think that because Iowa is a “right to work” state that means non-competes are not valid or other times people may have “heard” non-competes aren’t valid. Neither is correct. Non-competes in Iowa are enforceable in Iowa under appropriate circumstances. But recently I … Continue Reading

2016 Brings 10th Anniversary of Rush on Business

This coming year will be the 10th anniversary of Rush on Business. When I first started the blog I wrote articles 5-6 times per week, worried about my search rankings constantly and did everything I could to get my articles linked with other blogs. I have been one of the fortunate ones in the blogging … Continue Reading

Justice Department Delays Web Accessibility Regulations While Plaintiffs Step Up Claims Against Businesses

If you own a business and a website you need to be aware of a substantial increase in claims by disabled plaintiffs and their attorneys regarding website accessibility.  The plaintiffs argue that businesses which offer goods and services to the public through websites are public accommodations that must comply with the general accessibility mandate of … Continue Reading

Square One DSM Luncheon Features Mike Colwell

Typically you will find the Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives for the Greater Des Moines Partnership asking the questions at entrepreneur luncheons.  But this time Mike Colwell will be the one on the hot seat. This will be a great luncheon discussion as Mike will be interviewed by Tej Dhawan (an accomplished entrepreneur and community leader in … Continue Reading

Successful Franchises Continue to Evolve

I found this article from Entrepreneur Magazine interesting regarding several franchises that are now offering delivery (some franchise on this list and others do not). The most successful franchises are continually evolving and adapting their concepts to meet consumer demands. What about your franchisor? Are they evolving and adapting?… Continue Reading

Women-Owned Business Grants

I am often asked about business grants for women and minorities. In my experience these grants can be difficult to come by but they do exist. Here is an article from Entrepreneur discussing grants for women-owned businesses and also a link to the Targeted Small Business site with the Iowa Department of Economic Development.… Continue Reading

Franchiseless in Seattle?

I had to share an excellent blog post on Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage: Not Unconstitutionally Discriminatory? by Shannon McCarthy of the ZorBlog. My tongue-in-cheek title unfortunately rings some truth. If you read Shannon’s post you will see that the Seattle mayor and city council members are, shall we say, less than welcoming to franchisors and … Continue Reading

BIZ Luncheon Features Casey Niemann of AgriSync

If you are fresh off your spring break and looking for a great networking event I recommend attending the BIZ Luncheon this Wednesday, March 25th at the Ruan II Building, 601 Locust, Conference Room 101 in Downtown Des Moines. Casey will share the tale of his leap from the corporate world with Microsoft to the … Continue Reading

Agricultural Lawyers Join Brick Gentry Law Firm

The Brick Gentry Law Firm is pleased to announce that three distinguished agricultural attorneys have joined the law firm effective February 2, 2015. Those attorneys include (click for bios): Eldon McAfee Erin Herbold-Swalwell Julia Vyskocil All three bring a breadth of experience particularly in Ag law including trials and business work.  We are very excited … Continue Reading

Business Owners: Don’t Neglect Succession Planning

All too often business owners neglect succession planning. In fact, according to a recent Inc Magazine article and Deloitte survey on the topic, 90 percent of business leaders recognize the success of their company depends on effective leadership succession but only 13 percent are confident about the succession plans they have made. And those are business … Continue Reading
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