Governor Reynolds announced on Saturday, March 21st that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding

The Brick Gentry Law Firm is here for you during these challenging times. We have temporarily moved to a virtual, technology-driven, remote work day for many of our attorneys and employees. Working with our IT team we have assured the security of our network and information exchange. We have also asked everyone to temporarily stop

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. Lots of people have inquired whether the Governor has the power to close certain businesses and other events. This announcement does a good job of outlining the various code sections under which the Governor is supporting her decisions. Some of the highlights:

The Iowa Secretary of State sent out a Tweet on March 18, 2020 concerning filings and the closing of its office lobby until March 27, 2020. Fastrack filing procedures are still in process so corporate filings may still be conducted. As I have indicated, I have access to Fastrack filing access so I am able

If you are looking for legal information involving a wide-range of issues relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, I encourage you to check out Coronavirus Legal Daily which is a Channel on the LexBlog Network. There are lawyers blogging on many topics from employment law to real estate lease agreements to insurance coverage issues and more.

This post continues in a series of posts I am writing on franchise investing. The series of posts initiated with an article I read outlining what private equity investors like about franchising. Today, I want to touch on the  fourth “ingredient” of the Secret Sauce which is whether the franchise has sufficiently long operating

This post continues in a series of posts I am writing on franchise investing. The series of posts initiated with an article I read outlining what private equity investors like about franchising. Today, I want to touch on the  third “ingredient” of the Secret Sauce which is whether the product or service has universal

This post continues in a series of posts I am writing on franchise investing. The series of posts initiated with an article I read outlining what private equity investors like about franchising. Today, I want to touch on the second “ingredient” of the Secret Sauce which is whether the product or service is “on

For over twenty-five years now I have been reviewing franchise opportunities in one form or another. Unlike a lot of franchise lawyers, I represent both sides of the fence. I have helped business people start franchises and I have helped hundreds of franchisees review FDDs before buying franchise opportunities. Many years ago it seemed as

I read an excellent article from the Franchise King, Joel Libava, that he wrote for the SBA website on what it takes to franchise your business. His article highlights various points including:

  • Validating the idea
  • Duplication
  • Creating a system
  • Legalities
  • Marketing and sales

We also had some Twitter discussion regarding the fees and royalties that