Tax Credits and Incentives for Businesses

If you are one of the 5.5 million businesses in the U.S., tax season is right around the corner for you (again!). The question is: are you paying too much or leaving money on the table?  We recently partnered with David Albrecht of Abundant Business Solutions to discuss business tax credits.  One of the most surprising things we learned is …

First Year Tax Deductions

First Year Tax Deductions

As business owners ourselves, we know how important it is to stay on top of taxes and to make the process as easy as possible to file accurately and on time. At Schaffer Law Firm, we complete a third quarter fiscal review with our accounts each year to understand where we stand with our taxes. Most importantly, this helps us …

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LAW & WORTDER: ADVERTISING LAW FOR CRAFT BEER

As with all things surrounding the world of alcohol, advertising and marketing for craft beer is highly regulated.  The first thing you need to know before embarking on a marketing or advertising campaign for your beer is the rules. First, you will want to check with the alphabet soup of federal agencies: the TTB, FTC and FDA.  Then you will …

BYOB like a B-O-S-S

Did you know you can bring your own booze to dinner or an event in Nashville? While it may sound as easy as packing a cooler for Live On The Green, bringing a bottle of wine to a restaurant, or having a cold one in hand while tailgate-hopping, there’s more to it than you might think. There are numerous regulations …

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Beer and liquor licensing is its own animal

Rachel Schaffer Lawson talks the legal business of alcohol Authors: Staff Reports – Originally published on NashvillePost.com (http://www.nashvillepost.com/business/people/article/20975831/beer-and-liquor-licensing-is-its-own-animal) Rachel Schaffer Lawson is owner of Schaffer Law Firm, which launched in March 2011. A triple major in marketing, entrepreneurship and music business at Northeastern University in Boston, Lawson would go on to attend Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, …

How to get a liquor license in Tennessee

How To Get A Liquor License in Tennessee

If you are starting a hospitality business and want to sell alcohol you are going to need to understand the ins and outs of getting a liquor license.  This article will focus on selling alcoholic beverages of 10.1% ABV or higher (i.e. wine and spirits, NOT beer). If you are wanting to sell beer (i.e. hard ciders, hard sodas and …

How To Get A Beer Permit In Nashville, Tennessee

How To Get A Beer Permit In Nashville, Tennessee

If you are starting a hospitality business and want to sell beer, you are going to need to understand the ins and outs of getting a beer permit. Getting a beer permit is complicated by the fact that the sale and distribution of beer is governed by beer boards organized by city and county governments.  In this article we’ll focus …

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Trademarks: What’s In A Name?

I’m sure it’s cheesy to start a blog with the phrase “what’s in a name?”, but I’m going to do it anyways. Not only is it a profound statement (seriously, ponder it for a moment), but it really sums up what this post is all about. The name and/or logo you choose for your business, products and services is critically …

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Schaffer Law Firm PLLC | Nashville’s SCORE on Business Feature

  Schaffer Law Firm PLLC featured on WTVF Nashville’s News Channel 5 SCORE on Business with Pete Hendrix, entrepreneur and SCORE volunteer.   Rachel remembers that first year as a business owner as the scariest, while at the same time, the most exciting year of her life. Within the first six months, the business was profitable, virtually unheard of, then …

5 years of Schaffer Law Firm

5 Lessons Learned In 5 Years of Business

Five years ago today, I “officially” started Schaffer Law Firm. I use quotations because, like most entrepreneurs, I had been thinking about it nonstop and preparing relentlessly for the day. I was a brand new baby lawyer at the time, having just been sworn into the Tennessee State bar only four months earlier, and I had just returned from New …