Farmer Veteran Coalition

Diane Vanderpot, Chief Operating Officer, Farmer Veteran Coalition and Kristen Ford, Program Manager, Farmer Veteran Coalition

Diane served for over 30 years in the U.S. Army. She held many leadership positions throughout her career and deployed to OIF from 2008 to 2009. After retirement, she accepted a gubernatorial appointment as the Undersecretary for Veterans Homes, California Department of Veterans Affairs and ran the state’s long-term care facilities for veterans. During her free time, Diane likes to travel, eat sushi, hike and get her hands dirty. Diane has been associated with the military her entire life; it is in her blood and she will never stop caring and helping veterans and their families.

The Mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition is Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America. We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems. We believe that agriculture offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits. Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America

Farmer Veteran Coalition 4614 2nd Street, Suite 4, Davis, CA 95618 Phone: (530) 756-1395

Now Is The Time to Develop Your Business from a Tax Perspective

IRS designed this workshop to help you, a new business owner, understand and meet your federal tax obligations. This workshop is constructed so that the first three lessons… What You Need to Know about Federal Taxes and Your New Business, What You Need to Know about Schedule C and Other Small Business Taxes and Tax Forms; And How to File and Pay Your Taxes Electronically are for everyone, no matter what kind of business you have or whether you have employees.

Contact: LaTanya Bacon Senior Stakeholder Liaison Stakeholder Liaison Field Office / Great Lakes Area (INDIANA / MICHIGAN / OHIO) Email: LaTanya is Senior Stakeholder Liaison in the Cleveland area. As a Tax Specialist, she partners with tax professionals, small business organizations, and other government agencies to develop and deliver educational products and services to the small business community. LaTanya has more than 29 years of IRS experience. LaTanya has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Central State University, emphasizing in business administration. This IRS website is to educate you on how to run Your business from a tax perspective.

Frequently Asked Questions on Starting a Business. Plachta, Murphy & Associates P.C.

Frequently Asked Questions on Starting a Business. Plachta, Murphy & Associates P.C. 124 E Fulton, Grand Rapids, 49503 and 42 East Lakewood Blvd, Holland MI 49424 Website: The goal of our Business Law Team is to protect and grow your business assets and your individual wealth. We can help you start a business, open an LLC, buy real estate, negotiate contracts, and plan for business succession. We also include a unique service, Professional Collection Solutions, wherein we shoulder the burden of collecting overdue accounts receivables for our business clients. Our business and commercial litigation attorneys handle a wide range of legal matters of importance to business owners and CEO’s. Our Litigation Team covers both civil and business litigation that focus on state as well as federal proceedings. We represent individual and business clients throughout West Michigan.

ACRE Ag Tech Webinar

ACRE AgTech, 12220 Fillmore Street, Room 260, West Olive, MI 49460, (616) 738-4852

Helping Inventors
We Provide Hands-On, Customized Services to Help Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Existing Businesses Commercialize, License, or Sell Their Ag-Technology Ideas and Inventions. Farmers are intuitive, can-do individuals who often solve farm problems with ingenious mechanical inventions.  These inventions, which can be as simple as a new farm tool or as elaborate as an entire machine or software system, can be the foundation for a thriving business.

The ACRE Ag-Tech Business Incubator (GLATBI) specializes in helping farmers and ag-related entrepreneurs commercialize, license, or sell their ag-technology inventions – whether its equipment, tools, machinery, software, or other specialized products.

Doing Business with the Veterans Health Administration

Mr. Pak Sa Dewhurst will educate prospective small business vendors on how the VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Network Contracting Office (NCO) does business that stems from a philosophy that “In order for the Government to do business with prospective businesses, they must know how WE do business first”.  The briefing covers various topics concerning day-to-day operations to include, but not limited to, agency’s mission and operating locations; defining contracting’s and other roles.


Over view of VetBizCentral services and VBOC program. Michael Golwitzer, Assistant Director, will be presenting. He is a disabled American Veteran, retired from the US Army after 21 years. He ran his own webpages company (Veteran Owned Small Business) and has now joined us to help veterans with their business goals.

With a Bachelor’s Degree and Computer Languages Certificate from the University of Michigan, he is experienced as a Computer Application Instructor. Mike also has been a Supervisor and Personnel Manager and is a member of Professional Education Services Group, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Street Shares

David Bann, Vice President, Sales at StreetShares, Washington D.C. Metro, StreetShares, Inc. will conduct the webinar about Street Shares and the services they provide. They will discuss the award rules, terms, and conditions for the grant mentioned below:

Our commitment to creating more opportunities for Veteran-owned small businesses is central to providing an awards program for those extraordinary business owners. By partnering with JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Foundation is able to boost veteran small businesses in a big way.
Veteran Small Business Award
Three awards will be given to winning applicants each month:
1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $3,000
3rd Place: $2,000

Veteran Small Business Award Eligibility
•Applicant must be a veteran, reserve or active duty member of any of the United States Armed Forces, OR a spouse of a military member or veteran
•Applicant must be a U.S. person and at least 21 years old
•Applicant’s business must be a legal entity (sole proprietorship or legally incorporated LLC, S-Corp, or C-Corp or formal partnership) under the laws of any U.S. jurisdiction
•Applicant must own at least 50 percent of the business
Veteran Small Business Award Selection Process
Applicants qualify and apply.

After applicants have been submitted for the month, the Foundation will choose 5-10 finalists. Based on five criteria below:
1.Business idea
2.Use of award funds and potential impact
3.Product-market fit
4.Team and company history
5.Influence of the business on the military and veterans community

Finalist profiles are then posted on the Foundation website for public vote to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards.

Veteran Small Business Award Deadlines
DEADLINES Our award program runs monthly. Deadline is the last day of each month. The Foundation will select the 5-10 finalists. The finalists will be presented on the Foundation website for a public vote mid-month. The winners will be announced a couple of days later.

David Bann, Vice President, Sales at StreetShares Washington D.C. Metro Area, Financial Services StreetShares, U.S. Marine Corps. Previous: Harvard Kennedy School / Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business, U.S. House of Representatives, US Joint Forces Command Education: Georgetown University. Master of Business Administration (MBA); Harvard University, Master of Public Administration (MPA). David Bann, VP, Sales & Business Development, David enjoys fostering StreetShares’ partnerships and helping small business owners get access to funding. David is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of the Iraq war. He previously served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and the Department of Defense. David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. When not developing relationships with small business and veteran organizations, David enjoys spending time with his family and staying active outdoors. His favorite American Main Street is Main Street, Annapolis, MD.

Marketing – Advice for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Frank Powers presenting. Account Executive at Krol Communications WRSR 103.9 The Fox “Classic Rock”

Sales and Marketing Director with 20 plus years of successful procurement and outstanding sales and marketing expertise in a variety of industries.

Long track record of product development and placement. Creative professional with a strong reputation for partnering with local and national businesses.

Strategic marketing architect, management,team leader and motivator. Successfully produce and managed all aspects of launching new product development including marketing research,launch,planning,advertising,product training sales support,Sales Director locally and Nationally.

Superior sales track record in a variety of marketplaces,media,retail,restaurant,non profit and radio.

Open to new career opportunities utilizing my creative marketing skills and expertise.

I have many skills in the branding world that has consisted of the appeal industry, building a novelty t-shirt line and taking it nationally in three years ” Dead Frog” , the hospitality Industry with food & beverage on locally and national level’s , media all aspects.

I believe I have the skills and experience to offer and can be an asset to someone in just about any position requiring maturity , reliability , creativity and dedication within many departments.

How To Buy or Sell a Business Webinar?

Richard A. Goodman – Owner / CFO, Equation Capital Group
Business Broker, Real Estate Investor, Equation Capital Group
They find solutions for your every small to mid-size business needs. From startups to those experiencing exponential growth, whether you are looking to downsize, or to take over the world, Equation Capital Group helps by guiding businesses through it.

Commercial Loans, Management, or Thinking About Selling Your Business?
Do It Faster, Smarter & Easier Using Equation Capital Group Technique. The technique that creates the most value for everyone: Learn methods that are capable of presenting your business for sale in the best possible light, or purchase a business with the best possible deal. Equation Capital Group is located in 3297 Orchard Lake Rd #207, Keego Harbor, MI 48320

Richard A. Goodman has a BA Research Psychology. He has worked as a Rehab & Construction Project Coordinated, Licensed Realtor, Digital Marketing, Management, NLP Sales Training, Loan Specialist and Business Consulting.

Veteran Franchise Centers

Veteran Franchise Centers

Jim DelVecchio, Certified Franchise Advisor
Veteran Franchise Centers provides free guidance to veterans and military families wanting to explore the franchise world in a safe and no pressure environment. Veteran Franchise Centers does not sell franchises, thus, you can be assured that there will be no catches, sales pitches or pressure tactics applied. You will never pay anything to us. Veteran Franchise Centers was founded in 2010, and is an affiliate company of RecruitMilitary, LLC with headquarters located in Loveland, Ohio Phone: 614-323-3013 Website:

There are many franchise opportunities out there—some great, some good, and some not so good. It can be quite difficult to weigh their pros and cons alone, no less understanding their franchise fees, estimated startup fees, and so on.
Based upon information supplied by you, we research franchise opportunities that are aligned with your profile and seek out those franchises that most closely match the characteristics you are looking for. In addition, we’ll also check for territory availability and make sure there are no unusual circumstances that would get in the way of your exploring these franchise opportunities.

Tips and Theory of Good Networking Webinar

You’re doing all the networking in the world, but you just aren’t getting the results you want than this is a webinar for you.

If you just want a little tweak to make your networking work just a little better this webinar is for you.

Our speaker/presenter is Mr. Greg Peters.

Greg built a thriving Web development business over the course of fifteen years using the networking skills he learned and refined during that time. A computer programmer by training, he was the original reluctant networker. Through study, practice, and lots of trial and error, he has been able to transform himself into a true networking professional — a transformation he would like to help all entrepreneurs make.

Greg Peters coaches individuals, trains staff, and presents to associations and other groups on how to get past their reluctance and start building better connections and stronger networks. He is the author of the audio program “Calm, Cool, and Connected at the Networking Event” and the acclaimed blog, “The Reluctant Networker”. He also contributes a weekly networking tip to local media outlets in the Ann Arbor area.
Going to a networking event expecting to walk out with a sale is like walking into a singles bar expecting to get a wedding ring. It ain’t gonna happen. Networking isn’t about handing out business cards, or trying to sell people on your product or service. It’s about building rewarding long-term relationships to find out what we can do together to succeed.
Networking is serious business. So serious that Greg Peters makes it his businesses to teach people how to network by building connections with confidence.

He has agreed to hold this webinar with VetBizCentral a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of the SBA and we are grateful to present this material.

Data-Driven: How Libraries Support Small Business

¨How librarians / libraries can help Small Business¨  ¨Where to find your research – Subscription database – Government & Free data sources – How to utilize your data” Trevor Winn, Librarian and Researcher

“Trevor is a great resource and helped us find 129,000 records of VOBs” by Keith King President National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)  A Nonprofit Corporation Serving Veterans

Trevor Winn is a motivated and forward-thinking researcher with broad instructional experience in diverse environments. As the business librarian, his primary focus and subject responsibilities include personal finance information, small business research, and career development assistance. He is a Business Center Librarian for a full-scale, stand-alone Business Resource Center.  The Robert T. Bolo, Jr. Business Center is a certified Business Resource Center providing -Financial Literacy -FINRA Investor Information -Business Counseling -Industry Research and Education.

Trevor Winn is graduate of Boston University M.T.S., Theology M.T.S., Theology 2010 – 2012 Activities and Societies: American Theological Library Association Boston University School of Theology Library Committee;  Indiana University Bloomington M.L.S., Library Science M.L.S., Library Science 2008 – 2010 and Olivet Nazarene University
B.A., History, Political Science B.A., History, Political Science 2004 – 2008

Starting A Business


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S Small Business Administration.
Topics and Subject Matter:
Essential Tips
Business Plans
Market Research
Handouts: Resource Guide, Check List, Startup Procedures and copy of Slide Presentation.

How to Get Published?

Webinar: How to Get Published is more than publishing a book or article, It’s telling your story. 
November 15, 2016 11:00—12:00 Est. 
Kimberly Suchek, Author, Freelance Writer, has published, and is partnering with VetBizCentral to bring to you a webinar on the value of writing for publication, magazines and articles.
Kim Suchek Spouse Who published Operation: Military Resources understands the challenges of getting your book published and writing articles for personal experience, creativity, business, and Informative, how-to articles.
She holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and is working on a teaching certificate along with a degree in creative writing. Kimberly is past president of Operation Homefront of Michigan, and has also held the positions of: Family Assistance Coordinator for The Army National Guard out of Joint Force HQ and Grand Ledge Armory; DEERS operator; patrol officer.
What Is Your Story?

Kimberly Suchek,
Military Spouse, Speaker, Consultant, Author and Freelance Writer
Weekly Column Writer for Stars & Stripes
Author Of: Operation Military Resources Vol 1 & II

Veteran Business Certification with the NVBDC Webinar

Matt Sherwood, Executive Director of the Veteran Business Outreach Center for Small Business Administration will present the Veteran Certification Program for The NVBDC. It’s the nation’s leading third party authority for certification of veteran owned businesses of all sizes and the corporations wanting to engage them. The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) has launched its National Certification Management Systems (NCMS). The NCMS provides Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB/VOBs) and Sponsors with an easy and intuitive web based interface to complete the certification process. The NCMS provides a fast, accurate, and reliable way for SDVOB/VOBs, sponsors and employers to process, review and share SDVOB/VOBs certifications.

Goal Setting for Success

This hour-long workshop focuses on:

• Why set goals?
• Types of goals
• Criteria for setting goals
• Overcoming obstacles
• Proven goal setting tools
• Formula for Success

Gregory A. Keeler is the owner operator of GMS Keeler (GMSK) Consulting Group, and he helps businesses hire veterans.

Greg has 21 years of honorable military service with a background in Leadership Training, Operational Planning, and Team Building. Along with his military training he has an extensive background in recruiting and corporate staffing. Greg firmly believes we cultivate leaders, and it is never too early in life to start the process.

Biography: In the summer of 1990 Greg joined the United States Marine Corps, where spent the next 21 years in service. During his time in the Marines, Greg served three years as an Embassy Guard, in Prague, Czech Republic and Abu Dhabi, UAE. He also served three years as a recruiter in central Minnesota. In 2003 and 2004, Greg participated in the liberation of Iraq. He was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Before leaving the Marine Corps in 2011, Greg earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Greg worked as a corporate recruiter with CompHealth before returning to Central Michigan University to earned his Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Leadership. Starting In 2012, Greg spent two years as State Representatives Brandon Dillon’s Policy Director. After leaving Representative Dillon’s office in 2014, Greg formed GMSK Consulting Group, LLC where he provides high-quality leadership consulting, coaching services and veteran assistant services.

Practical Business Education Opportunities for Small Businesses

Practical Business Education Opportunities for Small Businesses focused on growth, advising, and access to capital.

Presenter: David LeBoeuf, Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives associate, David’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Prior to joining ICIC, David worked as a divisional program manager at the Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency, where he provided strategic support to efforts related to regional economic redevelopment initiatives, public research investments, big data and talent development. He is involved in a variety of community development activities in the Worcester area, currently serving as the board president of the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation and the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central MA and as board vice-chair of the African Community Education program

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard College with a secondary in Spanish.

Cyber Security Webinar

Presenter: Ronald Kraus, Michigan Department of State Police

Mr. Kraus is Cyber Incident Response Specialist and was a founding member of the Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) when it was established in 2000. He was trained as a Digital Forensics Examiner and successfully completed an extensive training course to become a Certificed Computer Examiner (CFCE). Recently he has joined the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) as an Incient Response Specialist.

Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3): The MC3 is responsible for the coordination of combined efforts of cyber emergency response during critical cyber incidents in Michigan. Emphasis is placed upon prevention, response, and recovery from cyber incidents.

Computer Crimes Unit (CCU):  The CCU provides investigative support in the seizure, acquisition, and analysis of digital evidence including digital device forensic examinations for the law enforcement community.

Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force: The task force includes over 50 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who work together to investigate offenders who use the internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.

VA Credit Card

Dr. James N. Phillips Jr., PMP, CFCM, NCMA Fellow, Acquisition Chief

Dr. James N. Phillips Jr., PMP, CFCM, NCMA Fellow, Acquisition Chief will present a webinar on Department of Veterans Affairs September 2016 Government Purchase Card.  (VA Credit Card).  Learn about the General Services Administration SmartPay program’s current best practices for payment and charge cards.  The program currently serves some 350 agencies and organizations in managing payment cards for purchasing office supplies, travel accommodations and fleet transactions. Agencies spent approximately $26 billion in 2014 using cards, saving $1.7 billion compared to the cost of submitting paper purchase orders. 

Dr. Phillips, will explain the program and answer questions in this valuable webinar about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) financial policies and procedures regarding the Government Purchase Card Program. VA’s Purchase Card Program is part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) SmartPay Program and conforms to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). The objectives of the Purchase Card Program are to: Reduce paperwork and administrative costs for the acquisition of supplies and services within the existing FAR; Streamline payment procedures and improve cash management practices, such as consolidating payments and reducing imprest funds; and provide procedural checks and feedback to improve management control.  In addition the use of purchase cards allows for rapid response for commercially available items by the customer and access to the Government market for small businesses.  

Common Mistakes Businesses Make in Their HR Practices

Webinar with Kimberly A. Benjamin, SHRM-CP, PHR,CERP,CBSP a subject mater expert in all matters of HR.


Kimberly A. Benjamin, is the President of HR Strategies Plus LLC, a global consulting company that assists organizations, associations, and businesses with their current human resource needs. She is also the Executive Director of A Purposed Transition, a non-profit organization designed to assist people in discovering their purpose through career and entrepreneurship exploration. Kimberly is a licensed and certified professional as State of Michigan Personnel Agent, Certified Employee Retention Professional (CERP), Certified Business Solutions Professional (CBSP), Certified Fred Pryor & CareerTrack Workshop Instructor, and Certified Human Resource Professional (PHR and SHRM-CP).

Kimberly’s has over 25 years of human resource experience working for Fortune 500 Companies such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Wal-mart, and the University of Michigan. She taught classes at University of Michigan College of Business, Wayne County Community College, Concordia University, Oakland Community College, and State of Michigan Mound Correctional Facility. Ms. Kimberly Benjamin is also the Author of a job search book and workbook, Producer of a 70-Part Business CD/DVD Series, and Founder of The Online Business Training Institute™ where individuals from all across the world comes to receive up to 70 hours of training from the comfort of their home, office, or business. Click here to schedule a 20 minute call with Kimberly A. Benjamin.

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WBE Certification

You Will Learn
• What is involved in the WBENC certification process?
• How to complete the application package?
• How to become part of a national database of certified women business enterprises?
• If you will benefit from being certified?
• Other resources that are available for small business.

Deb Loeser is presenting webinar on certification for women-owned business enterprises from, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (Great Lakes WBC), Founded in 1984, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, as a champion for women, minority and small business owners and provides access to capital and corporate procurement opportunities, and small business educational support. Great Lakes WBC represents more than 1,000 WBENC-certified women’s business enterprises generating approximately $11.6 billion in annual revenue and employing 41,500 U.S. workers, as well as 88 corporate partners in a diverse range of industry sectors. For more information, visit

Deb Loeser, Women’s Business Center & Michigan Women’s Marketplace Manager, 734.695.1411 Direct Line
Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
33109 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150 734.677.1400 Main Office

How to Prepare for a Loan

Part I: Business Financing
We will review the importance of having a strategy for financing your start-up or expanding an existing business.

Part II: Financial Check-Up
The Financial Check-up will review some of the requirements that financial institution are looking for to qualify you as a loan candidate. Personal and business financial check-up are must when preparing for a loan. “Do you meet their test?”

Part III: Preparation for Start-ups and Existing Businesses
Preparing to finance a Start-up business requires different planning and strategizing than what would be used for an existing business. We will review some of various financial documents that may be required that will help you to prepare for your meeting with financial institutions.

Part IV: Resources
There are a variety of resources available for entrepreneurs and existing business owners. We will review a variety of resources that assist entrepreneurs with starting and managing a new business and existing business owners with managing and expanding existing businesses.

Abron Andrews, MBA, a service connected Disabled Veteran, proudly severed in the United States Navy from 1986-1998. He owned and operated his own business in San Diego, California. Abron joins us to proudly serve his fellow veterans after three years with Metro Community Development as a Loan Coordinator and Technical Assistant.
Having received a Master’s of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership from Ashford University in 2012 and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from National University in San Diego California in 2010.

Search Engine Optimization

Getting Found Online Workshop, Website and SEO Strategies for Your Small Veteran Owned Business.
1. What are Keywords
2. How to use Backlinks
3. Webpage design for Government Contracting

Presenter is Michael A. Golwitzer, He is a webpage developer and owner of his own webpages company, called Living Webpages, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Mike, a disabled American Veteran, retired from the US Army after 21 years. He works with VetBizCentral a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) to help veterans with their business goals.

Michael Golwitzer holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Computer Languages Certificate from the University of Michigan, he is experienced as a Computer Application Instructor. Mike also has been a Supervisor and Personnel Manager and is a member of Professional Education Services Group and life member of Disabled American Veterans.

Idea to Market

Presenter: Marty Sovis

Owner of Sovilok Manufacturing and current President of the Inventor’s Council of Mid-Michigan (ICMM), Marty Sovis will be presenting how to bring your idea to market. Contact Information: Marty Sovis, President ICMM 810-659-6741.
“Idea to Market” webinar will help you to face the many challenges of bringing your product to market. Ten valuable points will be presented with an opportunity to ask questions of Mr. Sovis.
The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization incorporated in Michigan to help inventors pursue their dreams of bringing new and innovative products to market. Our goal is to help fellow inventors succeed in the most efficient and least costly manner possible by providing education and business networking.  ICMM’s Meeting Location is Walli’s Restaurant & Banquet Center South at I-69 and Center Road (1341 S. Center Rd.) in Burton, Michigan. They meet at 7:00 PM on the second Thursday of each month, just as they have since 1997. ICMM works to help keep independent inventors from being scammed by corrupt invention companies which take advantage of inventors who don’t understand the patent and licensing process for new products.  The primary directive is to offer educational information to inventors and opportunities for networking with fellow inventors and small businesses!

How to protect your business idea, brand and information with patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.

Howard & Howard Legal Firm has developed one of the country’s premier intellectual property (IP) practices with an experienced team of engineers-turned-attorneys, who know a good idea when they hear it and know how to protect it.

Howard & Howard works to protect IP rights with patents, copyrights and trademarks that survive even the toughest legal challenges. They also assist clients in a broad array of IP related matters from protection, sale or licensing of IP to enforcing IP rights that are violated by others.  They also provide general business services from formation of a company and general business agreements to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

The following is an overview of the practice of Howard & Howard:
• Protection of IP with Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
• Licensing or sale of IP
• Non-disclosure agreements and protection of Trade Secrets
• Enforcement of IP rights including filing lawsuits alleging infringement, or defending against allegations of infringement by others
• Technology law audits
• General Business Law and Agreements
• Howard & Howard is law for business

B2B Services with Pure Michigan Business Connect and MEDC


Mr. Jacob Schroeder is Pure Michigan Business Connect Services Director. B2B Services with Pure Michigan Business Connect and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a multi-billion dollar public/private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) connecting buyers to suppliers of Michigan goods and services.

Michigan companies can sign up for free to access this premier Business-to-Business (B2B) network and be introduced to opportunities to expand their supply chain within the state and access Michigan service providers; including pro bono and discounted services such as legal, accounting, web development, logistics and human resource assistance.

Growing second-stage companies are also encouraged to attend the webinar to explore PMBC and the Economic Gardening® program which offers powerful resources to launch companies into the next stage of growth at no additional cost to those who qualify.

Have you considered Franchising?


Gearge G. Eldgridge, Manager of VetFran will answer questions and discuss franchising for the veteran and family member. VetFran® was founded in 1991 by the late Don Dwyer Sr. – founder of The Dwyer Group, to say “thank you” to our veterans returning from the first Gulf War. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the International Franchise Association (IFA) re-launched a campaign to assist U.S. veterans and their families during the difficult time. VetFran member companies have grown into a large network of over 650 franchise brands that voluntarily offer financial discounts, mentorship, and training for aspiring veteran franchisees and veterans seeking employment. VetFran’s most recent survey shows that over 203,000 veterans and military spouses found opportunities in the franchise industry as either employees or franchise owners. There are over 5,600 veterans that have become franchise business owners since 2011. The franchise business model provides comprehensive training opportunities, scalability, and the need for operational execution and excellence, offering an ideal career path to enable veterans to become productive participants in franchise opportunities through education on the franchise industry, financial assistance, and industry mentorship.