Items of Value-What can a brewery give to a retailer?

*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. The information for this blog is found on Brewer Advisory: Legislature Passes ABC […]

Trademark and Ownership

*The information for this blog can be found at: https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/uspto-videos/trademarks/tm-newsflash-15-assignments-and-ownership-changes What happens when the ownership of your trademark changes? This is a common occurrence caused by a business changing its name, selling your business, or assigning your trademark rights to another individual and/or company. Three common types of ownership changes are (1) change in name, […]

Ways to Start a Business, Enter into a Business, or Buy a Franchise

*This information is taken from the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). To read the entire packet, click here. *We also have a blog post on how to finance your business. Buying an Existing Business Always evaluate the business by reviewing its history and its operations. Learn the business’s marketing strategies, how […]

Financing your Business

*This information is taken from the North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship Development System and the NC Department of Commerce Business ServiCenter. The packet is entitled “Fueling Your Business in North Carolina: A Guide to Financing for Small Businesses” and can be viewed here. How do you Plan on Financing your Business?   Many people use the […]

4 Tips on Human Resources

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina.   Important tips to practice: Know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Always have a written agreement for independent contractors that details his or her service. Keep records of your employees. Employee records should have the […]

Business Structure

The information for this blog post can be viewed here. This information pertains to North Carolina. Some Dos & Don’ts of Businesses: Do NOT sell stock, membership interests, bonds, etc. without consulting an attorney. Stock, membership interests, bonds, etc. may be considered securities and regulated at the state and federal level. You do not want […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is a Private Placement Memo?

How do I sell private equity in my brewery? Do I need to present anything to investors? If you have these questions then keep reading! Any private equity or debt for sale is a . The Securities Act of 1933 created the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Securities fall under the Securities Act of 1933 […]

Transporting Alcohol: Now that I have the booze how do I transport it?

Much like everything with alcohol it’s complicated. The ABC (specifically North Carolina General Statute §18-B-303 & §18B-400) details the exact rules, amounts, and volume of alcohol you can transport without getting a permit. I’ve divided alcohol into three categories: (1) beer, (2) unfortified wine, and (3) spirituous liquor & fortified wine. You do NOT need […]

NC Recycling Requirements for the ABC

When you apply for your NC ABC permits you need to submit a Recycling Compliance form. We know that recycling is not the sexist or most titillating of reads, but hopefully some of you will find this information helpful.  The information for this blog can be found here. Why do I have to recycle? All […]

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