Knowing When to Sell: Tips from a Naperville Business Attorney

There are many reasons that may lead a person to start a business. Some individuals feel that they are best suited to work for themselves rather than for someone else. Others have a passion for their particular field or industry and are happy to dedicate their professional—and often personal—lives to their craft. Still others are […]

Preserving Your Family Business for Future Generations

Estate planning poses unique challenges for family business owners. For one thing, business tax laws can be complex. For another thing, a family business involves family – passing on ownership to a succeeding generation can be emotional and contentious. Parents might have a favorite child, they might not be forthright about their business plans or […]

Resume Red Flags and Green Flags for Choosing the Right Employee

A well-crafted resume offers an employer a glimpse into the professional life of a potential new hire. A small business is only as good as the individuals it employs, and all small business owners must be careful to choose the right new employee. Our small business law attorneys at the The Gierach Law Firm have […]

New Small Business Administrator Appointed to United States Senate

Earlier this week the year-long search for a new Small Business Administration (“SBA”) leader ended with the appointment of Maria Contreras-Sweet. Contreras-Sweet was nominated by President Obama, and was confirmed this week by the U.S. Senate. Many believe that Contreras-Sweet’s appointment will breathe a breath of fresh air into the SBA, while also encouraging the […]

Religious Objections and the Provision of Contraception Under Employer-Based Insurance Programs

The Supreme Court of the United States has a very important case before it that could have a big impact on the obligations on an employer’s duty to deliver health insurance for its employees. The Supreme Court must determine whether for-profit corporations can refuse to provide contraception coverage, as required under the Affordable Care Act, […]

Starbuck Loses Trademark Lawsuit

In a legal case of David and Goliath, a small NH coffee shop has prevailed over a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against them by corporate giant Starbucks. Jim and Annie Clark own and operate the Black Bear Micro Roastery, located in Tuftonboro, NH. One of the coffee blends offered to their customers is called “Charbucks.” […]

The Debate Over LLC Filing Fees in Illinois

Within Illinois, limited liability corporations (“LLCs”) are a business structure used by many small business owners and entrepreneurs. The Illinois Secretary of State reported that in 2012 over 29,000 businesses in the state filed under LLC status, which was 2,000 more than the previous year. LLCs allow businesses to avoid corporate taxes, while also shielding personal […]

Inexpensive Marketing Techniques for Small Businesses

Small business owners in Illinois have it tough. The cost of operating in this state are high, and are more easily absorbed by large corporations. However, there are a few ways in which small businesses can facilitate progress without breaking the bank. In fact here at the Gierach Law Firm we have compiled a list […]

504 Loans Offer Alternative Sources of Financing for Illinois Businesses

New relief is coming to small business owners in Illinois who are looking for inexpensive, high-quality financing from lenders they can trust. This year the Regional Development Company (“RDC”), a highly respected regional community development organization, will be extending its reach into Illinois. What is the RDC? The RDC is a federally certified business development […]

Changes in the Tax Code For Businesses in 2014

The end of the year is always a time that business owners find themselves scrambling to make sure everything is in order. There are year-end bonuses to consider, new laws to plan for, and, of course, taxes to think about. 2013 was a big year for business owners when it came to tax considerations. One […]