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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? … Continue Reading

Notifyworks: My Leap into the Startup World

For the past 17 years, I have been advising businesses of all shapes and sizes, whether small or large. I have always loved working with startups. It is exciting to hear the stories of these entrepreneurs and how they could solve a problem or discovered a new way of doing business. Now I am leaping into that startup … Continue Reading

Dream Big Grow Here Contest: Win $15,000 for New Tech Start Up

Do you have a new technology-based business idea? If you do, I encourage you to check out the Dream Big, Grow Here contest that is sponsored regionally by the Business Innovation Zone.  The winner of the regional business pitch contest will be awarded $5,000 and then move on for the opportunity to win another $10,000 in a state-wide … Continue Reading

Brick Gentry Webinar: Changes to Iowa Employment Law and Legislation

Matt Brick has a super webinar on our Brick Gentry Web site on the Changes to Iowa Employment Law and Legislation. Employment law is a constantly shifting area of the law that has serious consequences for employers, even when making a good faith mistake. Matt’s presentation covers important developments in employment law for both public and private employers … Continue Reading

Des Moines’ Entrepreneurial Community Gaining Momentum

Yesterday I spoke at the BIZ Raising Capital Seminar mentioned in my last blog post. I thoroughly enjoyed being on a panel with some excellent business advisors including: Paul Juffer of LWBJ Financial Adam Claypool of the DeWaay Investment Partners Chris Sackett and Joe Leto of the Brown Winick Law Firm Christian Renaud of StartUpCity Des Moines But … Continue Reading

The Use Of Independent Contractors and Immigration

I often received questions about whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor or employee. In fact a blog post on Employees v. Independent Contractors is still one of the most popular posts ever on my blog even though I wrote it over three years ago. In a couple of recent blog posts, Brick … Continue Reading

SBA Expands Emerging 200 Initiative in Des Moines

This post comes via Monica Dolezal of BIZSTARTS. The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced it will be continuing its successful Emerging 200 Initiative in Des Moines. For the last three years, Des Moines has been selected as one of a limited number of cities nationwide to participate in the SBA’s Emerging 200 Initiative (e200). … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Three Iowa Supreme Court Justices Ousted

In a historic vote last night, three Iowa Supreme Court justices were ousted as a result of a controversial decision made by the court last year in Varnum v. Brien.  The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously upheld that the statute defining marriage only as a union between a man and a woman violated the equal protection clause in the Iowa … Continue Reading

Iowa Intellectual Property Attorney Brian Laurenzo Joins Brick Gentry

Brick Gentry, P.C. is excited to announce that intellectual property attorney, Brian Laurenzo, has joined the firm as a shareholder effective June 1, 2010. Brian was most recently the head of the intellectual property practice group for the Des Moines office of Dorsey & Whitney. Brian brings a tremendous amount of experience in patent, trademark and copyright law. He has a broad transactional … Continue Reading

Reminder: Iowa Corporations and LLCs Biennial Reports Due by April 1, 2010

Just a reminder that the deadline for filing Iowa Secretary of State biennial reports for Iowa corporations and LLCs is April 1, 2010. The deadline for filing agricultural reports for companies owning an interest in Iowa agricultural land is March 31, 2010. Did you know? There are over 188,000 active businesses in the Iowa Secretary of State … Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to take the time to thank my clients that have made 2009 such a special year. I am very fortunate to work with some of the best people I know. A big thank you to the regular readers of this blog.  As I enter the 4th year for Rush on Business this coming March … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Brick Gentry Lawyers Win Highly Publicized Case in Union County, Iowa

A jury recently found a Union County Board of Supervisor, Mike King, not guilty of disorderly conduct after half hour of deliberation.  Brick Gentry’s Matt Brick and Doug Fulton defended King in the case.   For details on the case please read Matt’s blog post regarding the intersection of employment law and criminal law.… Continue Reading

Trial Law: Tiger’s Loss Offers Good Lesson

Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of his time. He was such a lock going into the weekend of the PGA Championship that an Irish bookmaker actually paid out the winnings on Tiger before the third round even started — oops! I’ll admit that I never could have imagined Y.E. Yang would actually pull it out for … Continue Reading

How Business Gets Done Hits Virtual Bookshelves

How Business Gets Done, Words of Wisdom from Central Iowa Experts has hit the virtual bookshelves at I am honored to be a contributing author with several respected peers in our business community. My chapter is on the Partnership Prenuptial where I discuss the importance of drafting a  buy-sell agreement from the beginning of … Continue Reading