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Summer Updates from Meyer Law

We’ve been working hard to help
build our clients’  businesses. Check out our upcoming educational events, articles and more. 

Meyer Law In the News: Summer 2014 Highlights

Interns and the Law

As summer interns joined the ranks of many businesses this June, the legal requirements of paid and unpaid internships became a hot news topic once again. Two reporters spoke to Tricia Meyer, our founder and managing attorney, about how business owners can hire interns and comply with the law.

Read the articles here:
The Internship Mistake Small Businesses Can No Longer Afford to Make (OPEN Forum)
Startup internships: The challenges and rewards (Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation)

BYOD Trends

In the next two years, U.S. employees will be using over 100 million #BYOD devices. Cisco estimates BYOD can save employers over $3,000 per employee. Tricia Meyer addresses how you should “Prepare Your Business For the BYOD Trend With a Strong Policy” for Business2Community.

Advice for Entrepreneurs

Tricia shared lessons learned from her entrepreneurial experiences with a piece for Brazen Careerist, “6 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Know.” She also discussed Meyer Law in an interview with Vlad Moldavskiy of MeetAdvisors, and was featured as a top 50 Chicagoan to watch by AdRevenu. Tricia also made a cameo appearance in the first episode of Jill Salzman’s “Entrepreneur Tips.”

Denver Startup Weekend 6

Meyer Law sponsored Denver Startup Weekend from June 27 to 29 at Galvanize, and is excited to work with the winning team, Flash Music.

Click here for a complete list of Meyer Law’s press.

Quick Legal Tips

When starting a company, you have to make decisions and choose the appropriate legal entity up front to avoid complications later. A corporation has more formalities than an LLC, and must comply with stricter guidelines for record-keeping. Learn more here.

Familiarize yourself with the differences between registered and unregistered trademarks. “TM” (trademark) and “SM” (service mark) can be used to assert rights to an unregistered trademark, while “®” designates a registered trademark. How Can I Protect My Brand and What Are the Benefits of Trademarks?

Register Now for The Founding Moms Conference

On October 6, The Founding Moms will host a full-day program of interactive training in marketing, sales, branding, negotiation, customer service, social media, time management and accountability, all tailored to mom entrepreneurs. Register now to save $200 on a full conference pass.

Congratulations to Our Client, Nutphrees!

Nutphrees, a bakery specializing in nut-free cupcakes and cakes, is now in 26 Mariano’s locations, 5 Sunset Foods locations, Plum Market in Old Town and Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg. We are so proud of Nutphrees! If you haven’t tried their delicious cupcakes and cakes you’re missing out! Learn more at

Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

Have a legal question? Meyer Law has a column on Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, where we answer one entrepreneur’s legal question each month. Check it out and email your questions to

Recent columns:

What to Look For in a Startup Lawyer

Illinois Non-Compete Agreements: Can I require my employees to sign a non-compete agreement?

What should I consider from a legal perspective before seeking investment?

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Upcoming Events

“The Lawyer’s Guide to Preparing for Startup Success”
6 pm – 8 pm
July 29, 2014
Ms. Tech, Chicago, IL

“5 Costly Startup Mistakes” workshop for 1871 members
9:30 am – 11 am
August 6, 2014
1871, Chicago, IL

MeetAdvisors eGuru interviews
August 8, 2014
Denver, CO

Entrepreneurs Unpluggd Brown Bag Lunch
12 pm – 1 pm
August 12, 2014
Chicago, IL

Office Hours for 1871 members
1 pm – 3:30 pm
August 13, 2014
1871, Chicago, IL

SBAC Pitch Event
5:30 pm
August 13, 2014
Chicago, IL

Colorado Innovation Network Summit (COIN) 
August 26-27, 2014
Denver, CO

How to Avoid Common Mistakes That Cause Businesses to Fail!
The Founding Moms’ Exchange
September 9, 2014
Chicago, IL

Denver Startup Week
September 15-20, 2014

Visit our website’s Events Page to stay up-to-date on Meyer Law’s upcoming events.

We’ve Been Helping:

A startup client negotiate a pilot white label agreement with an international online retailer.

A scaling technology company to draft a Phantom Equity Plan to incentivize their team.

A fast-growing client become a certified B Corporation.

See What Our Clients Are Up To

Navy Pier has partnered with our client Crowdfynd to simplify the attraction’s lost-and-found system. Read more at Blue Sky Innovation.

Our client ReaLync launched, and has been accepted into Elmspring, a Chicago accelerator. RealLync enables live real estate property tours through a mobile app and online.