Craft Brewers Conference 2019 Government Affairs Recap

Craft Brewers Conference 2019 Government Affairs Recap

If you can believe it, the time is fast approaching to begin planning for CBC 2020! Below is a recap of what we learned from this year’s CBC’s Government Affairs session. Whether you attended or not, find out some of the most important updates throughout this past year and everything you need to know for your own brewery. Franchise Law …

Road Booze: When and How Food Trucks Can Serve Alcohol

Road Booze: When and How Food Trucks Can Serve Alcohol

Food trucks have become dining destinations in most major cities, including Nashville. However, in Tennessee food trucks are not permitted to serve alcohol at all times and places that they are permitted to serve food. Below is a guide for all mobile food vendors describing when, where and how they are permitted to serve alcohol including what, if any, types …

Next Steps After Receiving Your Hemp Grower/Processor License

Next Steps After Receiving Your Hemp Grower/Processor License

Congratulations on successfully navigating the TN Department of Agriculture hemp grower/processer license application process. You are ready to hit the ground running! By now you have started cultivating your land and purchasing seeds and/or equipment for processing.  All of these are great next steps, but there are certain legal considerations you need to take into account before operating as a …

How to get a license to grow and/or sell hemp in TN

How to get a license to grow and/or sell hemp in TN

The hemp market in Tennessee is growing rapidly, with more opportunities every day for entrepreneurs to get involved. As of 2019, Tennessee is one of the top producers of hemp in the country, and the state is poised to reap the benefits of its efforts. By 2022, the national industry is projected to more than double to a value of …

Top 10 Elements of Operating Agreements for LLCs

Top 10 Elements of Operating Agreements for LLCs

Congratulations!  You have formed a limited liability company (LLC) through the Secretary of State. “That seemed so easy! My business partner(s) and I have got this – we don’t need to hire that exceptionally sassy attorney who told us that we HAD to hire her to get our LLC formed,  AND there was nothing on the State’s website about that …

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Schaffer Law Firm welcomes new Associate Attorney

Originally published in the Nashville Post On the Move: November 13, 2018. Nashville-based Schaffer Law Firm has added Landon Breazeale, a former intern at the firm who has been hired on as an Associate Attorney. Breazeale most recently held positions as an attorney with the State of Tennessee and a business manager for TBI Airport Management in Macon, Georgia. In …

Food Truck Blog Nashville Law

Starting and Running a Food Truck Business

Originally published in the October/November 2018 issue of the Nashville Bar Association Journal Author: Rachel Schaffer Lawson Introduction It seems anywhere you go in Nashville these days you will happen across a food truck or two loitering at a local business or parked downtown.  Indeed, almost any local Nashville event has a gaggle of mobile food options as the primary …

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 …