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Iowa LLC and Incorporation Fast Track Filing Services

I am excited to announce that I have been a part of a pilot project through the Iowa Secretary of State’s office which now enables our law firm to offer online fast track limited liability company (LLC) and incorporation filing services. Now it is more convenient than ever to get the legal assistance you need … Continue Reading

Michigan State $500 Million Settlement Should be a Wake Up Call for Business and Organizational Leaders

On our new Brick Gentry Trial Team Blog I write about how the $500,000,000 settlement Michigan State is paying to the young women sexually abused by Larry Nassar sends a strong message to business and organizational leaders. DO THE RIGHT THING! I know it is a really simple message. But organizations consistently minimize, hide or … Continue Reading

Changes in Sexual Harassment Laws Coming?

I saw an interesting blog post from Brian McGinnis of Fox Rothchild that Minnesota is considering a sweeping change in its sexual harassment laws. The proposed change states, An intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment … does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive. McGinnis does a nice job of explaining just what … Continue Reading

Franchise Attorneys Discuss Buying a Franchise

I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Joel Libava (aka “The Franchise King”) for his exclusive article on buying a franchise. It was a fascinating article for me as well because Joel interviewed fellow franchise lawyers Charles Internacola and Josh Brown. They really had some great insights you won’t want to miss. If you … Continue Reading

What if Franchisors Did Not Terminate Franchisees for Poor Performance?

I recently saw an interesting TED talk on how to be a great leader from Simon Sinek. In the talk he told a story about a business owner who refuses to fire any employees for poor performance. Instead, the company coaches their employees to perform better. Imagine if franchise operations followed the same philosophy and … Continue Reading

Assault on Iowa Courts Should Worry Everyone

A year ago I joked that I didn’t know the governor (Branstad at the time) and the legislature could cut another $7.7 million from our judiciary. While my comment was tongue-in-cheek, my worries were not. Our Iowa judiciary is facing challenges like we have never seen before. And it’s showing.  The US Institute for Legal Reform … Continue Reading

Starting a Business in Iowa: Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

You want to start a business in Iowa.  Do you really need a lawyer? My answer may surprise you. Absolutely not! Every day, many entrepreneurs do exactly that by using online incorporation kits.  There is definitely a segment of the market these incorporation companies serve. The most obvious motivating factor for setting up a corporation … Continue Reading

Thinking of Starting a Restaurant in Des Moines? Look at the Market Trends

The restaurant business is a tough business. One of my friends was a banker. As a general rule, he would not loan to restaurants. Why? Because as a general rule the failure rate for restaurants is higher than most businesses. Recently there have been several restaurant closings in the Des Moines area that has spurred … Continue Reading

Iowa Secretary of State Increases Corporate Biennial Report Fees Beginning 2018

As my clients probably noticed this year, the Iowa Secretary of State increased the corporate biennial report fees for Iowa Corporations in 2018 from $30 for online filing to $45. Iowa LLCs will have the same increase in 2019. My understanding is that the increased fees is an effort to pay for business technology upgrades. … Continue Reading

KEY LESSONS OUT OF THE SHARK TANK WITH BARBARA CORCORAN

The #DSMUSA business community had the distinct opportunity to listen to Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank fame at their Annual Greater Des Moines Partnership Dinner. For me, the talk was extremely insightful and also confirmed many of the lessons I have tried to teach on this blog and to clients over the years. I have … Continue Reading

Franchise King Shares Top Franchise Trends and Predictions for 2018

For this week’s franchise post I thought I would share an interesting article from Joel Libava a/k/a “The Franchise King”. Joel recently wrote his Top Franchise Trends and Predictions for 2018. It is really an insightful look at the industry and a good read for franchisors and prospective franchisees alike. One of the more interesting … Continue Reading

Starting a Franchise Company? Have Systems and Investment Capital in Place

I have received a number of calls recently about starting a franchise operation. On the one hand, it is awesome because the interest in franchising among Iowa business owners definitely seems to be growing. But on the other hand, most of these business owners are not ready to begin the leap into franchising just yet. … Continue Reading

Sexual Harassment Claims will Continue to Climb in 2018

2017 was a watershed year for the publicity of sexual harassment claims. Time Magazine even named its “Person of the Year” as the Silence Breakers. Business owners should expect those claims to become even more prominent in 2018 as the masses, not just celebrities, begin to break their silence as well. Just yesterday, I saw … Continue Reading

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
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