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How TNLG Supports Small Business Owners in Northern Michigan

Running a small business is an exciting endeavor filled with passion, dedication, and countless decisions.  We know, because we are a small business ourselves!

Yet, amidst the exhilaration of entrepreneurship, many business owners can find themselves tangled in legal complexities they never anticipated. As a trusted attorney in Northern Michigan specializing in supporting small businesses, our mission is to guide and assist local entrepreneurs through the maze of legal challenges they may encounter.

We support small business owners in Northern Michigan with:

1. Entity Formation and Structure

Choosing the right legal structure for your business is a crucial decision that impacts liability, taxes, and governance.  Whether you're considering a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation, each structure has its own implications.  We help business owners understand the nuances of each option and navigate the process of entity formation, ensuring compliance with state laws and regulations.

2. Contracts and Agreements

Contracts are the lifeblood of any business, outlining expectations, responsibilities, and protections for all involved parties.  From client agreements and vendor contracts to employment documents, having solid legal contracts in place is essential.  Our firm specializes in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, safeguarding our clients' interests and minimizing potential disputes.

3. Employment Law Compliance

Navigating the complexities of employment law is critical for business owners.  From hiring practices and employee handbooks to wage and hour compliance, ensuring adherence to federal and state regulations is paramount.  We work closely with small business owners to develop comprehensive employment policies that foster a healthy work environment while mitigating legal risks.

4. Intellectual Property Protection

Protecting your brand, products, and creative works is crucial in today's competitive landscape.  Whether it's trademarks, copyrights, or patents, safeguarding your intellectual property rights is vital.  True North Legal Group assists small businesses in securing and defending their intellectual property, providing guidance on registration, enforcement, and licensing strategies.

5. Regulatory Compliance

Staying compliant with industry-specific regulations and local ordinances can be overwhelming.  Our team stays abreast of evolving regulatory landscapes and helps small business owners navigate the intricate web of compliance requirements, ensuring that their operations meet all legal standards.

6. Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Despite precautionary measures, disputes may arise.  Whether it's a contract dispute, employment issue, or other legal conflicts, our firm provides adept representation and strategic counsel.  We aim to resolve disputes efficiently through negotiation or mediation, but if litigation becomes necessary, we vigorously advocate for our clients' interests in court.

Our Unique Approach to Small Business Advisement

Our unique legal program allows us to serve as “fractional general counsel” for entrepreneurs in the region.  We provide legal services to business owners through a subscription-based payment plan.  Depending on the size, revenue, and legal needs of your company, we have three different pricing models.  Our "Startup Guide" model allows us to act as your trusted counsel from idea to launch.  Our "Small Business Advisor" program is built for growing business needing legal support every few weeks.  And finally, our "Out of House Counsel" model is designed for mature businesses seeking legal help multiple times a month.  You can learn more about our “Small Business Advisor” subscription-based services by clicking on “Small Business Startup & Development” above.

Ultimately, our approach to helping small businesses is centered on collaboration and personalized attention.  We take the time to understand each client's unique business needs, providing tailored legal solutions that align with their goals.  From proactive legal guidance to swift resolution of issues, our firm is dedicated to being a trusted partner for small business owners in Northern Michigan.

Additionally, we prioritize clear communication and transparency.  We strive to demystify legal jargon, ensuring that our clients comprehend the implications of legal decisions. By empowering business owners with knowledge and guidance, we aim to foster long-term relationships built on trust and reliability.


Running a small business is a labor of love, but it doesn't have to be a legal labyrinth.  Our firm is committed to supporting Northern Michigan’s entrepreneurs by offering comprehensive legal services that address their diverse needs in an affordable way.  From entity formation to ongoing compliance and dispute resolution, we're here to provide the legal backbone that allows businesses to thrive.

If you're a small business owner seeking guidance or facing legal challenges, don't hesitate to reach out.  Let us be your legal ally on the journey toward success.