Archive for June, 2016

Lessons of Grace Found at Mel Trotter Ministries.

mel-trotter-ministries-1122_20111229171415_320_240If you’re reading this post you may be aware that one of the “hats I wear” is Board Chair at Mel Trotter Ministries (“MTM”).

Yesterday I was at MTM for a “Meet the Mission Luncheon” – our board and staff extend regular invitations to business/community leaders, churches, and anyone interested in learning about what we do MTM on a daily basis.

A standing invitation from me – join me for lunch.

Thank you for those who have joined me over the years for these luncheons.

The greatest part of these luncheons isn’t hearing about the programs, or the way MTM is collaborating and partnering with other agencies and non-profits, or taking the tours (although if you haven’t toured MTM, you really should, especially our family shelter on the 3rd and 4th floor).

The greatest part about the luncheons is hearing the life stories from our guests. Our guest share their stories of struggle with homelessness, addiction, and hunger…and of life transformation.

Yesterday, a former guest of MTM shared her story. Her story included her battle with addiction. She openly shared about her experience at MTM. In particular, she had this to say:

I have been working on understanding grace and that I can turn to Him [God] in the midst of my flaws and brokenness. I never used to feel like that and it always kept me at an arm’s length from Him, because I’m never perfect.  I still struggle with that, but I’m getting closer to really understanding the reality of grace.

That is truth.

We all have flaws. We all are broken.

We all need grace.

I am thankful that people struggling with addiction, homelessness, hunger are finding God’s grace at Mel Trotter Ministries.



Business Law Update-   Corporate records must prove someone was a Corp officer? Court: Not so much.

Check out the this unpublished Court of Appeals decision here:

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West Michigan and its Thriving Culture of Social Entrepreneurship

June 14, 2016 6 comments

Today I read an article by MLIVE  titled “Michigan Companies could act like non-profits under proposed law” commenting on Michigan’s new Benefit Corporation Legislation – I posted about the new BCorp Legislation a week ago

Something caught my attention in this article:

in Michigan, the biggest concentration of the B-Corp businesses are in the Grand Rapids area, where there are 11 — twice as many as in Metro Detroit

this list  of “B Certified” companies includes Cascade Engineering, The Image Shoppe, & 616 Development, among others.  A real estate development that is socially minded – cool!

It isn’t surprising to me that Grand Rapids, one of the most philanthropic cities in the U.S. is a generator of social entrepreneurs.

With all the exciting development in Detroit, especially with events like Detroit Startup Week, I expect in time to see Detroit sky rocket in the number of bcorps and social entrepreneurs.


Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

Jimmy John’s Sued over Non-Competition Agreements

Happy Friday!

Today’s headline in the ABAJournal:  Illinois attorney general sues Jimmy John’s over noncompete clauses for low-wage workers


A few years ago I posted on this issue

According to the ABAJournal:

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan claims in a lawsuit that Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurants are violating state law by requiring low-wage workers to sign restrictive noncompete agreements.

Apparently, according to the lawsuit, Jimmy Johns had indicated it no longer required employees to sign the non-competes, but it later never implemented this plan.


In Michigan, Non-Competes are enforceable to protect legitimate business interests.

MCL 445.774a provides:

“1) An employer may obtain from an employee an agreement or covenant which protects an employer’s reasonable competitive business interests…”

As I stated in my prior post – even if Jimmy John’s non-competes were enforceable – to what end? Why have employees sign them?

I would hate to be the lawyer representing Jimmy John’s to enforce an injunction in Grand Rapids Circuit Court to enjoin an 18-year old from making sandwiches…


Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

Michigan Business Law Update: B-Corp Legislation Introduced On May 31st

June 1, 2016 3 comments

Just days ago I posted on B-Corps and the Rise of Social Entrepreneurship

Yesterday House Bill 5710 was introduced in the State House. The House Bill is tie barred with HB 5711 and HB 5712

As I’ve previously written,

B-Corps have a dual purpose –

  1. To create profit and
  2. “create a material positive impact on society and the environment”

This Michigan Bill would define a “general public benefit” as:


I have yet to review the legislation in any detail, but wanted to put those interested on notice of this latest bill.