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Monday, April 4, 2011

In Leelanau County The Penning Group will Sponsor 1st Business Forum of Industry Experts to Discuss Issues Relevant to Small Business Owners

The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will launch the 1st Annual Leelanau Peninsula Business Forum on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:00 am - 9:00 am at the Leelanau Sands Showroom.

The following presenters will each speak for approximately 15 minutes and all will be available after the forum to answer individual questions:

Legal & Entity Formation and Business Planning
--Dan A. Penning, The Penning Group

Lending Opportunities for Small Businesses
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Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year - New (Extended) Tax Laws

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. (The "Act")

After great speculation and debate, Congress has now passed and President Obama has signed a tax package which gives individuals and businesses some predictability for the next two years through December 31, 2012. The Act extends the Bush-era tax cuts, provides estate tax relief, an "AMT" patch, a reduction in employee paid payroll taxes and provides businesses with new incentives to make capital investments...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

 

Dan A. Penning Successfully Defends Appeal with Michigan Court of AppealsRecent oral arguments presented by attorney Dan A. Penning, before a Michigan Court of Appeals panel of judges, resulted in a unanimous 3-0 vote in which the Appeals judges upheld the trial court’s decision dismissing the case.

Penning argued in support of a Circuit Court’s decision dismissing a...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

The Perils of Internet Searches Using the Names of Job Applicants

Exposure to Liability
Many employers, in the interest of finding information about applicants or current employees, periodically or routinely conduct internet searches with the name of the person about whom the company desires more information. Many employers discover positive information about the applicant that was not evident on the applicant's resume and application; however, employers also happen upon other valuable information as well, that indicates an applicant's...

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

At the end of July, a federal court in New York issued a decision that put a high price on "open-source" or "free" software. Companies are looking more and more closely at ways to cut expenses, and using open-source software is one way to take advantage of software licensing without purchasing software. Open-source software, however, does not fall outside the bounds of copyright law. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not in the public domain.

CostThe software involved in the New York case is titled BusyBox. It is described as a series of small utility-type programs that...

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