Blog — Family Business

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

From a recent email from Lois Bahle of The Suttons Bay Area Chamber of Commerce concerning how House Bill 6644 could affect two Chamber members:

As we all know, doing business in today's economic climate is difficult at best. That's why I'm asking you to support two of our retail members by contacting your state representative, state senator and future state representative on behalf of two of our retail members.

As you may have read in Thursday's Leelanau Enterprise, House Bill No. 6644, which is supported by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers, would effectively eliminate the ability of retailers like the Silvertree Deli and Hansen Foods from shipping...

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Michigan's Wine ProductionThe below-referenced article from wikipedia.org projects that the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council set a goal of 10,000 acres of wine grape production and 3 million cases of Michigan-produced wines annually by 2024, which is about 10 times the current production. There will be several aspects of the service industry in the state that will be vital in supporting this growth, one of which is legal services.

In order to sustain proposed growth as reported above, wineries and...

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Friday, December 5, 2008

You've heard of Bud Bowl, right? Well, panels of wine tasters in Ann Arbor and Columbus recently gathered to judge over 60 selected consumer-selected wines from Michigan and Ohio. It was the first purely consumer-selected judging of wines in either state and also unique by being limited to wines from grapes exclusively from Ohio & Michigan wines. Ohio and Michigan share a centuries-old tradition of viticulture which was wrecked by Prohibition but has re-emerged in recent times. From the Ohio River...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How long will Michigan residents allow special interest groups and lobbyists to continue to glutton themselves while the state’s economy spirals downward with high jobless rates and businesses closing to move to better markets? Apparently, too long.

The latest example of our elected officials lunacy and lack of understanding of basic principles that create economic growth is a proposed law to ban all direct wine shipments by in- or out-of-state retailers to consumers. Making it more difficult for Michigan businesses engaged in retail wine sales is clearly contrary to Economics 101. What’s wrong with responding to a market and demand of a product and making it competitive with...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The gift card law as highlighted in the below article is a good effort by the state legislature to protect consumers in the state of Michigan. While the intent and content of the law is excellent, it does not protect against a situation where a consumer is holding a gift card for a bankrupt business or a business which is no longer operating. If a business discharges its liabilities in Chapter 7 and ceases to exist, the gift card will be of no value. The best practice for individuals receiving gift cards is to spend them as soon as possible.

- Dan Penning
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