If you need to register a trademark, know up front that the process may take some time, more than just a week or two. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the government office that handles the filing of trademarks and patents. The articles and timeline on the USPTO website about filing with an [...]

If you don’t already know, the rules for crowdfunding have changed! Now investment opportunities are open to all investors, not just accredited investors. This means that mom and pop, friends and family can now participate in a crowdfunding campaign and secure equity in the company! What this really means is the door is wide open [...]

  Forbes has a wonderful series “Last 10 Things I Bought” and you can get a peek at the last 10 things lawyer & Entrepreneur Susan Cartier Liebel purchased. We think you might be surprised at the list and how practical and moving it is! As an entrepreneur, you may assume that her purchases were for [...]

This article in Entrepreneur online by Geri Stengel looks at the challenges faced by any entity wanting to conduct an Equity Crowdfunding campaign. The cost of the Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) is given as an example of the high cost of disclosure documents – $35,000 to $100,000 – depending on the company and offer. With the passing of [...]

The Crowdfunding industry is waiting on pins and needles for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) vote that is taking place today. The historic vote will finally open the door for unaccredited investors to invest directly in companies – securing equity for their investment. The Crowdfunding industry has been waiting for three years for the [...]

Business Leaders in Michigan’s website makes note of Michigan’s ranking in a recent Entrepreneur Report, “10 Best States For Starting A Business.” The Entrepreneur article notes that states are promoting their mentorship programs and actively ‘pumping up’ their tech workforce to be attractive to entrepreneurs and new business. While Michigan is not in the top [...]

“The key thing about entrepreneurial people is not that they‘re bigger risk-takers, it’s that they have more comfort in uncertain situations.” Charley Moore founder Rocket Lawyer. We agree with Charley Moore, uncertainty is key with entrepreneurs. This article in Forbes penned by Adriana Gardella entitled, The Secret Of Lawyers-Turned-Entrepreneurs? shares the secrets of three very successful [...]

Having an attorney familiar with the inner workings of entrepreneurs has proven an asset for my start up and early stage clients. I always felt that the critical thinking taught in Law School helped me as an entrepreneur and as a counselor to other entrepreneurs. This article, How Thinking Like a Lawyer Made Me a [...]

I run. I run a lot. It helps me get in the ‘zone’ to be able to focus and think about things and to push myself – mentally and physically. But when my feet hurt it makes the purpose behind my running take a back seat. I was asked to try out Airia One shoes [...]

An  article in Crain’s Detroit Business is very informative for any small business. Our experience has been that small businesses don’t consult an attorney until there is a problem. Mark S. Lee’s interview with Detroit-based attorney Jehan Crump-Gibson offers insights for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Remember to consult your attorney when setting up your [...]