Personalized Labels on Alcohol

The information for this blog can be read here. Reminder: COLA authorizes the bottling of wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages. What if you have a wedding or a special event coming up and want to include a commemorative date or someone’s initials or name on the alcohol bottle? Believe or not special rules apply. […]

Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina. Don’t disclose or reveal information that you want secret. Include trade secrets in non-disclosure agreements. Trade secrets are usually related to technology, such as formulas, methods, processes, or businesses with merger discussions. Trade secrets have commercial value […]

Quick Tips on Contracts

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina. Below are some general tips for business contracts: Make sure all parties’ names are correct with the correct titles. Number all of the pages. Contracts should be in writing for: Transfer of land, easements, mortgages, deeds of trust, leases, […]

COLAs and Approved Labels

*The information for this blog post can be viewed here. Information viewed here also supports this blog. Once your label receives TTB approval, you can change certain items on your label without submitting a new COLA label. Any changes you make to your label must be in compliance with federal regulations. You CAN: Delete non-mandatory […]

You may not want to play that music louder

Playing Music on Your Premise Information for the blog post can be viewed here. For more information regarding music licensing and managing your restaurant/taproom, please visit www.restaurant.org. The legality surrounding music licensing and playing music in your brewery/distillery is a hot topic. So hot, in fact, that CBC had a seminar on the topic (“Pulling […]

Small Business Guide: Refining Your Business Plan

Part 7 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 5 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out Part 1, Part […]

Small Business Guide: Management and Organization in Your Operational Plan

Part 6 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and the full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 5 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out […]

Small Business Guide: Production, Location, Legal Requirements, and Personnel Information in Your Operational Plan

Part 5 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 5 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out Part […]

Small Business Guide: Describing and Promoting Your Products

Part 4 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 4 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out Part […]

Small Business Guide: Who are your Customers and Who is your Competition?

Part 3 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 3 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out Part […]

Small Business Guide: Marketing Plan

Part 2 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 2 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. Check out Part […]

Small Business Guide: What’s in Your Business Plan?

Part 1 *This information is taken from the Small Business Center Network (SBCN), part of the North Carolina Community College System, and full packet, entitled “How to Develop a Business Plan” can be viewed here. *This blog is Part 1 of a series on small business guidance. Stay tuned for more blogs. First, what is […]

How Many Calories is That?

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state to find out specific information about this. *This information is provided by the NC Craft Brewers Guild. Read the original article here. Did you know that there are new FDA (Food and Drug Administration) labeling […]

Alcohol on Road Signs?!

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state to find out specific information about this. *This information is provided by the NC Craft Brewers Guild. Read the original article here. North Carolina now allows breweries and distilleries to be featured on highway road […]

Remember: Your “Premises” for Beer Sales May Not Extend to Your Parking Lot

*Please keep in mind that this is information is specific to North Carolina law. Contact an attorney in your state to find out specific information about this. *This information is provided by the NC Craft Brewers Guild. Read the original article here. As many of you know, if you have an On-Premise Malt Beverage permit […]

What Happens if My Trademark Contains a Name, Signature, or Portrait?

*The information for this blog can be found here.   If your mark includes a name, portrait, or signature that is of a living individual and you want to register the mark at the USPTO, you must provide the USPTO certain information regarding that individual. The USPTO requires: A statement that the name, portrait, or […]

Starting a Commercial Winery in NC

How to Start:   *the Internet hosts a plethora of valuable resources on starting a winery. Specifically, Cornell University has a detailed mock business plan guide that can be found here. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Science produced a basic outline of the pertinent steps to take if/when you want to open […]

Specimens in Statement of Use Applications

We receive SO many questions about specimens. When do I submit one? How do I submit one? What type of specimen? And even, what is a specimen? Have no fear! Let’s break it down. Taken from the USPTO website: a specimen is a sample of how you actually use the mark in commerce on your […]

USPTO: What does it do?

We get a lot, I mean A LOT, of questions about the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and trademark legal stuff in general. So, if reading blogs about trademarks is not your thing, then you might want to skip our next couple blogs. The USPTO only: Reviews trademark applications and determines if the […]

Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know

We have a HUGE announcement!  We are so proud to announce the arrival of John’s book, Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know After three years of dedicated hard work, it has finally hit the shelves! John’s book is available on Amazon and through our office. To buy the book through Beer Law Center contact […]

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