Rush on Business You Tube Channel on the Air!

I am pleased to announce that I now have a Rush on Business You Tube Channel where I'll post short videos on various aspects of business and franchise law. I have a few videos posted so far and I'll add content weekly.

New videos include:

Should You Include Your Spouse When Forming a Small Business LLC?

Where Should Iowa Residents Incorporate or Form an LLC for their Small Business?

If there is a topic you think would be interesting, please let me know!

Brick Gentry Lawyer Austin Kennedy Presents Immigration Webinar

Listen and watch the premiere Brick Gentry, P.C. webinar from immigration lawyer Austin Kennedy on our new Brick Gentry Web site. Austin's presentation is on Achieving Lawful Permanent Residency in the United States Through the Labor Certification Process.

We are currently in the process of developing presentations on franchise and LLC issues. Register for our Webinars and receive updates on when new webinars are completed. Let us know if there is a topic you are interested in and we'll consider a webinar for it.


Insight on Business Interview

I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Michael Libbie yesterday. We talked blogging, discrimination cases, franchising and other issues.

If you didn't catch it live you can watch the podcast here. (The interview begins at about the 30 minute mark).

If you haven't heard about Des Moines Local Live, you should check it out. It's an Internet radio station with 50 local radio hosts talking everything from business to sports.  A real testament to Des Moines' Internet-blogging presence.


Franchising in the Iowa Small Business Zone

Doug Mitchell interviews Steve Reese who is the owner of Fitness Together franchise in Clive, Iowa in his first podcast of the Iowa Small Business Zone.  Listen and you will find that Steve is an enthusiastic proponent of franchising.   I was also impressed with Steve's impression of the potential benefits of blogging from someone who is new to the medium.  He views it as a way to improve communication with existing clients first and foremost. 

Steve's key in choosing a franchise?  Make sure the franchise has a proven track record.

Doug is a natural in the interview process.  I look forward to more podcasts in the Iowa Small Business Zone.

Podcast on Employee Attendance Issues

I recommend employers listen to a podcast from Jason Storipan of Stark & Stark concerning Attendance Control Issues for employees.  Please remember that laws do vary from state to state but much of the information given in Jason's podcast is applicable to all employers even if you are not located in New Jersey.

If you are developing policies and procedures to deal with employee attendance issues be sure to contact your employment lawyer and keep in mind two important ideals:  Fairness and Consistency.

If you treat people fairly and in a consistent manner your liability risks from an employee lawsuit decrease dramatically.  May seem like common sense but as George Will said, "This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant." 

Des Moines Business Accelerator - Podcast No. 5 Interview with Mike Colwell

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Rush on Business Podcast No. 5 is an interview with Mike Colwell.  Mike is the Executive Director of the Business Innovation Zone of Central Iowa (BIZ).  BIZ is a new regional business accelerator through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  If you are an entrepreneur in Central Iowa you won't want to miss this podcast.

I encourage you to listen to the podcast to learn how BIZ is uniquely situated to help entrepreneurs in Central Iowa. BIZ will offer low cost mentoring and counseling to businesses of all varieties including advance manufacturing, bio and life sciences and high technology.  Mike's focus is on businesses that may have the potential to grow on a regional or national level.  To achieve this goal Mike will take entrepreneurs through a five-step process:

  1. Determining the Strategic Fit and Connecting with the Market.
  2. Business Planning.
  3. What talent is necessary to start-up and grow?
  4. What are the leadership needs?
  5. Finding Capital.

Mike also has some very interesting things to say about the Iowa business environment and the qualities that define an entrepreneur. 

If you want to reach Mike Colwell to find out more about BIZ please email him at or give him a call at 515-286-4915.

Listen to the podcast for free!

Des Moines Partnership Business Accelerator Podcast

Tomorrow I have a podcast interview with Mike Colwell on my BlogTalkRadio channel page.  Mike is the Executive Director of the Des Moines Partnership's new business accelerator, BIZ.  The live interview is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and will be also be available in podcast format on this blog.

Hope you will listen.  If you want to call in to ask a question the number is (646) 652-4878.  Mike has some exciting things to share about how BIZ can help build businesses in Des Moines and Central Iowa.

Buying a Franchise Basics: Podcast No. 4 Interview with Joe Cooney

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Rush on Business Podcast No. 4 is an interview with Joe Cooney of Frannet.  Joe is a franchise coach in the Iowa / Nebraska region.  Joe and I discussed several basics of buying a franchise including:

  1. What is the franchising model of business?
  2. What different types of franchises are available?
  3. What do franchises cost?
  4. What options are available for financing?
  5. How do you lay the groundwork for success?
  6. What to look for in a franchisor?
  7. How do you research franchises to find the right one for you?

Joe also provided information on a Web site service ( where prospective franchisees download reports with information on what actual franchisees say about their franchisors.  The site looks helpful but it is still no substitute for contacting franchisees on your own when performing due diligence.  I am sure Joe would agree!

For more information or if you have questions on franchise opportunities available through Frannet, Joe Cooney can be reached at (402) 330-7306.

To listen to the podcast, click below.  (It's free!)

Buying a Franchise Basics - BlogTalkRadio Podcast

Financing Entrepreneurial Endeavors: Podcast No. 3 Interview with Adam Steen

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Rush on Business Podcast No. 3 is an interview with Adam Steen of Transition Capital Management of West Des Moines, Iowa.  Transition Capital Management recently started the Society of Entrepreneurial Minded Executives (SEMEE) event in Des Moines.  I attended the last SEMEE event and believe it offers tremendous opportunities for growth companies to network with other business owners and potential investors right here in Iowa.

Listen to the podcast here. (It's free!)  Click on my BlogTalkRadio Host Channel Page.

In this podcast Adam discusses issues such as:

  1. The SEMEE event and its value for businesses and investors in Central Iowa;
  2. Debt v. Equity Financing;
  3. Growing an enterprise business rather than just buying a job;
  4. The considerations of venture capitalists when determining whether to invest;
  5. How equity investment can work for your business;
  6. Tips on how new business owners can start and grow their business;
  7. There is more money out there in the Midwest chasing good companies than there are good companies. 

For more information on SEMEE be sure to contact Adam by email ( or by telephone at 515-309-0142. 

Listen to the podcast here. (It's free!)  Click on my BlogTalkRadio Host Channel Page.

Preparing Your Business For Sale: Podcast No. 2 Interview with Matthew Ashburn

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Rush on Business Podcast No. 2 is an interview with Matthew Ashburn of Sunbelt Business Brokers with offices in Ankeny and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Matt is a professional business broker with Sunbelt.  He is 1 of only 2 brokers in Iowa designated by the International Business Brokers Association as a Certified Business Intermediary. 

Listen to this podcast by going directly to my BlogTalkRadio Host Channel Page.  (It's free!).

This podcast covers the importance of preparing your business for an eventual sale.  Matt says the key is not to wait too late.  Matt advises that business owners begin sale preparation at least 2 to 6 years before intending to sell the business.  This podcast covers issues such as:

  1. How to prepare the business for sale;
  2. Why is it important for an owner to consider personal motivations;
  3. What advisors should you talk with;
  4. The importance of continuing to run the business even though it is for sale;
  5. What aspects should an owner consider from a buyer's point-of-view;
  6. Valuation issues;
  7. Why you need to disclose the warts of your business.

Listen to this podcast by going directly to my BlogTalkRadio Host Channel Page.  (It's free!).

Electronic Discovery: Rush on Business Podcast No. 1 Interview with Brett Trout

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I have added podcasts to Rush on Business through BlogTalkRadio.  The first podcast is an interview with Iowa patent and information technology lawyer Brett Trout concerning the important federal rule changes regarding electronic discovery and how it impacts your business.  Brett is the author of Internet Laws Affecting Your Company.  As Brett says, bury your head in the sand regarding electronic discovery and you may pay a hefty price.  All companies, large and small, must familiarize themselves with the new rules and plan accordingly.  If you wait until you get sued, it's too late.

Listen to the electronic discovery podcast by going directly to my BlogTalkRadio Host Page.  The podcast is free.

Another upcoming podcast includes an interview with Matthew Ashburn from Sunbelt Business Brokers in Ankeny and Cedar Rapids.  Matt has a lot of interesting information regarding how to prepare your business for an eventual sale.  The key is good advance planning and it makes a big difference.

I hope you enjoy this new added feature to Rush on Business.