Cost, Talent, and Incentives: Why Startups are Thriving in the Midwest

by Stuart Gutwein

Now, more than ever, startup organizations are popping up and even moving to the Heartland. But what is it about the Midwest that has these startups trading the opportunity to sit beachside for flatland and grass? In other words, how are cities like Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Madison luring new businesses to their respective states?

The Midwest is outgrowing the “Flyover Country” nickname, and it isn’t by accident. The lower costs, abundance of talent, and business-friendly policies found in the Midwest region all favor startup organizations. In fact, Forbes recently ranked the Best States for Business in 2016, and seven of the top fifteen are Midwest states. You read that right: half of the top fifteen states for business are located in the Midwest.

Our friends at M25 Group recently dug into this with their assessment of the best startup cities in the Midwest.

Still don’t believe it? Here are a few more reasons:

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9 Takeaways from Conscious Coaching: The Art & Science of Building Buy-In

by Stuart Gutwein

At Gutwein Law, we live by the idea of continuous learning and improvement. In fact, it's one of our five core criteria when evaluating potential employees to join our team. We feel it's not only beneficial to ourselves, but we hope it ultimately impacts our clients and others around us in a positive way. So, in addition to attending CLE's, volunteering for speaking engagements, mentoring, judging panels, and holding internal cross-training sessions, we read. A lot.

One of my latest and more valuable reads is a book by Brett Bartholomew called Conscious Coaching: The Art & Science of Building Buy-In. If you're not familiar with the title, Conscious Coaching provides insight on how to be a better leader, not only in sport, but in the workplace and in life in general. Although it was originally intended for strength and conditioning coaches, the principles and lessons throughout can be applied to leaders in any framework. The book details four components of the coaching compass: buy-in, relationships, social intelligence, and time. In a nutshell, Bartholomew brings a more balanced approach to coaching that involves science and art.

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My Summer of Experience and Involvement

by Sierra Murray

Think of a lawyer. What comes to mind? If you’re like some of America, you may not necessarily be thrilled with the image. But throw that idea out the window because I want to tell you about my experience working as a summer associate at Gutwein Law.                   

While wrapping up my last days here at the firm, I was asked to write a blog post about my experiences. The truth is, I could probably fill much more than a 500-word blog post about what I learned this summer, but I’ve done my best to keep it short. Here it goes:

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The Curious Case of Intellectual Property Ownership

by Shannon Middleton and Tyler Droste

Whether we -- as attorneys -- like to admit it or not, there are a few areas of law that are somewhat unclear, and ultimately, difficult to navigate. The world of intellectual property (IP) law is one of those areas that hasn’t yet fully been explored in various jurisdictions. But at Gutwein Law, we like facing challenges head-on – no matter how murky the situation.

Take ownership rights in intellectual property between the employer and employee, independent contractor, or consultant, for example:

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The 3 Reasons You Need a Sports Law Attorney

by Josh Schaub

Lawyers, in a sense, are like doctors. You might even compare them to car mechanics. Before you disagree, hear me out:

If you’re like most people, you have a general practitioner or “family doctor.” You see them regularly for checkups, in the same way you may go to your local car dealer for routine maintenance like an oil change. But what if you need something outside of the scope of work they cover? Say a hip replacement or a new paint job? You go to someone who focuses on your area of need, right?

You wouldn’t put trust in someone that doesn’t do work in those areas on a daily basis. And it should be the same when it comes to your attorney.

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