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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Forming partnerships the focus of next Lunch and Launch

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – Business leaders looking to form partnership entities are invited to learn tips and get insight on key considerations before entering into such agreements during the Macomb-OU INCubator's next Lunch and Launch event on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

     John Carter, principal member at Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC and leader of the Business Law and Commercial Transactions group, will show participants how to identify and address short-term issues such as creating capitalization strategies, implementing management structures, limiting risk and liability, and establishing compensation plans.

     The workshop will also focus on long-term considerations, such as death, permanent disability, third party sales, withdrawal and retirement and divorce. Last to be considered are the effects and proper use of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements to protect the partnership's intellectual property.

     Carter has practiced business and commercial law for 18 years and focuses on assisting Michigan entrepreneurs with business formation, commercial transactions, licensing and franchises, and business succession planning. He is an active member of the Business Law and Unincorporated Enterprises section of the Michigan Bar, and serves as a mentor and teacher with various Michigan entrepreneurial and small business organizations.

     The free lecture, set for noon to 1 p.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator, will include a question and answer period. Attendees should bring their own lunch, though beverages and dessert will be provided.

     The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending the lecture are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or e-mailing to

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing, energy and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at

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