Michigan business owners know that expanding operations can be a good and necessary step to maintain their position in the marketplace and even grow. Conducting an expansion can be a bit of a gamble: The rewards can be big, but an expansion can also be harmful if the timing or execution isn't right. One area business seems to have had this kind of experience.
Michigan business owners take pride in their work in building a successful business. However, sometimes, certain measures must be taken in order to prevent a company from falling under. Bankruptcy is one such measure that many business owners choose to take in order to restructure their businesses and keep the company alive. With bankruptcy, there are many laws involved and business owners often have a number of options available to them.
As some business owners can likely attest to, staying afloat can be challenging, especially in today's uncertain economy. In order to survive, companies must always be turning a profit. One bad business deal or mismanagement of finances can cause a company's profits to crash. When this happens, business bankruptcy may be the best option.
In order to be successful, businesses need to turn a profit. In some cases, businesses are profitable because they fill a void in a specific niche market. For these businesses, they thrive because they are doing something that no other businesses has been capable of doing. However, when other businesses move into the niche, it can be harder for the original business to compete.
In our last Wayne County bankruptcy law blog post, we made a reference to the term "debtor in possession." Let's take a little closer look at the meaning of debtor in possession according to the U.S. Courts website. The following is intended not as specific legal advice, but simply as general information.
Last week our Wayne County bankruptcy law blog looked at a major filing by Trump Entertainment Resorts. The company sought Chapter 11 protection, although there was some concern over whether the judge might convert the filing to Chapter 7 given challenges involving the repayment plan. If this seemed somewhat far removed from Michigan, let's look this week at a commercial bankruptcy case closer to home.
Sometimes a bankruptcy case involves a small business struggling to keep the lights on. Other cases involve a major business bankruptcy with much more complex business bankruptcy issues to address. In either case, however, there are some underlying fundamental issues that Wayne County residents should understand, no matter what point they are at in their businesses.
This blog has discussed commercial bankruptcy in a number of recent posts on. In particular, in a post from two weeks ago, we highlighted how the automatic stay associated with Chapter 11 bankruptcy helped one business owner renegotiate some debts that he might not have been able to otherwise. Chapter 11 is often referred to as a reorganization bankruptcy, but our Wayne County readers may have some questions about what exactly this means for them. Following is some general information regarding that question, which should not be interpreted as specific legal advice.
For Wayne County business owners, the idea of filing for bankruptcy may seem antithetical to the very entrepreneurial spirit that drives them. One wants to hold on, keep fighting even in the face of overwhelming debt. However, for many, business bankruptcy is just the opposite of giving up the fight: it's a last-minute tactic that can turn the game around, sometimes even faster than expected.
The cupcake craze of recent years swept Michigan just like every other part of the country. For one little East Coast bakery that first opened its doors in 2003, the national sweet tooth opened up opportunities to expand the business, even going public less than 10 years later. Crumbs was famous for its calorie-packed cupcakes, which sold for around three or four dollars apiece.