Best of… week of July 23

Okey dokey… here’s my wrap up of what’s happening and “things you should know” from this past week in Small Business and the Craft Beer Business: Small Business Love this: “(Q) How many lawyer jokes are there? (A) Three – the rest are true stories.” I’ve been following Nina Kaufman the last couple of weeks…

Best of… week of July 16

  It’s that time again! It has been a busier week than I had realized, there’s a lot to cover, so get ready. Here’s my summary of the best articles in (small) Business and (craft) Beer   Small Business   This year has some special issues going on for personal and corporate/business taxes. Here’s a…

Can a Brewery be a Non-Profit?

Wait, no. I mean intentionally a non-profit organization? I’m sure there are plenty of brewer/owners out there that would readily admit that their business is currently a “non-profit.” I mean, in the legal, tax-status sense. And the answer is: maybe. Maybe Classic lawyer-speak, “maybe.” What I really mean is that maybe you could, but I…

Starting a Business: Inc v LLC

PC, PA, LLC, LLP, Inc, LLLP, huh? There are so many acronyms and they’re thrown around all willy-nilly. What’s an aspiring entrepreneur to do? So, here’s the thing. Each of these denotes a form of business, how a business is structured and who the “owner” is. Each is also relates to two special topics: (1)…

Best of… for the week of June 18, 2012

Ok, so here’s the round up for this past week. I’m going to try and separate by topic area, but there’s a lot to cover, so buckle in! Small Business Beware the Paralyzing “Whac-A-Mole” Trademark Mentality Trademark: develop a trademark strategy. First, don’t run after a trademark after someone else has started using it. Then…

Not Too Big, but Too Many?

I’ve been thinking about the craft beer market lately. I work with several craft breweries and folks who want to get into the craft beer and beverage industry and I’ve been reading a lot about new breweries opening, new beers out there, and what the latest and greatest “extreme” beer to come down the pike.…

Best of… for the week of June 11, 2012

I thought I’d try something new on the blog this week… I’ve been posting some interesting articles that I’ve found on other blogs, websites, etc. that I think are particularly relevant to small businesses (especially breweries, which are near and dear to my heart). So, today, I thought I’d recap the “best of” for this…

Why the Hell Would You Open a Brewery?

Quick note: This week’s entry is a guest post from Chris Creech at Fortnight Brewing in Raleigh/Durham. Chris and his team are a great group of people and blazing a path toward opening the newest brewery in the area. They’re focused on English inspired beers and are constantly out in the community working toward their…

Beer People Give Back

OK, here’s a free bonus post! It’s been a week+ since then, but I have to tell you about a recent event I attended. It’s really just an example of many events and something that I really LOVE about the Craft Beer Culture. I attended Casks for a Cure at Rockfish Grill in Durham, NC…

A little diversion…

Ok. So I said I’d talk about starting a business in NC, but I’m going to insert this brief post in between. In short, I’m excited because of the recent announcements involving one of my favorite subjects: North Carolina Beer! You may have seen the recent story in the News & Observer talking about the…