Intellectual Property and Your Brand Strategy – What to Consider When You Expand Your Brand to the U.S. Market

Intellectual Property (IP), like real property, has value. Your brand strategy, the emotional aspect of marketing, often seen as the “intangible feeling”, contains tangible property. The question is – how do you protect your global brand strategy  in another country? After you have decided the optimum position for your brand outside of your domestic market, … Read More

Business Planning Is Important…So Is Legal Planning – Are You Doing it for Your Business?

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Business planning is essential to developing any business. Whether it be 20 pages or on a napkin, it is understood and accepted that it is an imperative tool in business development. Business planning is not only essential from moving a  business idea… Read More

Mr-Bubo, LiveCities, and Parkd – Startups Who Are Making New Year’s Resolutions…Four Years From Now

How do you make your city a better place? How do you engage urban citizens? How do you change their responsibilities and their liabilities? While people around the world were making new years resolutions, there are startups that were making resolutions four years from now. These startups are setting goals and establishing objectives where citizens… Read More

Strengthening the Global Startup Community – How the Startup Grind Barcelona – San Francisco Summit Played a Part in the Ongoing Development of the Global Startup Ecosystem.

  By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Where can startups find advice and connect with investors, other startups and other interested “stakeholders” in the startup ecosystem? If I was asked this question on October 8th, I would have known exactly where to direct inquirers – the 1st annual… Read More

Linking Your Company to the U.S. – Overview of the L-visas

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis For foreign companies that either have or are seeking to establish a parent company, a branch, a subsidiary, or an affiliate in the U.S.; and want to send a foreign employee who is either an executive, a manager, or an employee with specialized… Read More

June 27th, 2017 – The First International Day of Micro-, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Today, June 27th, 2017, is the first International Day of Micro-, Small, and Medium-Seized Enterprises as designated by the UN General Assembly on April 6th, 2017 through UN resolution A/RES/71/279.  In celebrating this day, I dedicate this article to the entrepreneurs of… Read More

Immigrant Investor Regional Centers: What Prospective EB-5 Petitioners Should Know Before Investing

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis EB-5 petitioners who are seeking this visa classification have two options for investing in the U.S.  – direct investment, where their qualified investment results in the direct creation or preservation of at least 10 permanent full time jobs for U.S. workers; or… Read More

“Oh What Talent You Have!” U.S. O-visas Options for Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities or Achievement

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Do you possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics? Do you have a demonstrated record of achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements? If you fall into… Read More

Why Startups Who Want to Scale to the U.S. Should Consider Participating in U.S. Startup Accelerator Programs

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis What are Startup Accelerators and what can they do for early-stage Startups? The term “startup accelerators” is often used as a catchall phrase to describe startup support programs, such as, incubators and angel investor programs, but not all of these programs are… Read More