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Business formation is the process of establishing a legal entity to carry out a particular entreprise.  The law provides several entity options, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Limited... more +
Business formation is the process of establishing a legal entity to carry out a particular entreprise.  The law provides several entity options, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Limited Liability Corporations (LLC), Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP), and S-Corporations are a few examples of available options. When forming a business, founders can choose whichever entity-type best aligns with their specific tax and liability needs and considerations. Other important aspects of forming a business include drafting a comprehensive business plan, choosing appropriate insurance, establishing personnel policies and protecting intellectual property.  less -

10 Steps to Brewery Start-Up: A Step-by-Step Guide to Start-Up A Brewery In Maryland – Step 2 Forming A Business Entity

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In this ten-part blog series, I will explore the ten steps that you should take to start-up a brewery of your own in Maryland. If you follow these ten simple steps, you will be able to start-up with a great foundation for...more

Fixed-fee packages can minimize legal fees for startups

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Q: What legal issues should new entrepreneurs be aware of when launching a business? A: Building a business with a solid foundation is vital to positioning a new business for future success. This includes checking all of...more

The Data Report Episode 10: Ideas Have Potential, Information Has Value

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Three: Small Businesses & Start-ups (Part I) This episode of The Data Report highlights strategies for protecting a small business's assets along every stage of its growth. Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses the...more

Legal Mechanics of Organizing Corporations

by WilmerHale on

The legal mechanics of organizing corporations encompass a variety of corporate, tax, securities and business considerations. By anticipating the special problems and situations which are likely to arise in the course of the...more

Until You're the Unicorn, Protect Yourself: Tips on Personal Guarantees

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this...more

How to Assemble a Board of Directors for a Startup

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A successful startup will likely see the structure and composition of its board of directors change significantly over time....more

What Startup Founders Should Consider When Choosing a Board of Directors

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The board of directors has tremendous significance to a startup company....more

Entity Selection Series | Part Two: The Benefits of a Corporation

In Part One of the entity selection series we discussed the benefits of a Limited Liability Company for organizing your business venture. In this edition, we will discuss the benefits of a standard corporation (a “Subchapter...more

The ReSET – Why Few Nail their Sthick

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Our last ReSET focused on the clarity and chaos of pitching to a panel of judges you’ve never met, all while facing a room of entrepreneurs who weren’t as lucky as you to get into the light… This all happened at TEDCO’s...more

The ReSET – The Curse of the Elevator Speech

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

TEDCO celebrates Maryland’s innovation economy with its Entrepreneurs’ Expo, a day-long series of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking and deal making among 700 of Maryland’s entrepreneurs. Originally published on...more

Legislation Creating Small Business Advocacy within the SEC Heading to the President’s Desk

On December 10, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act was approved by the Senate, clearing the way for signature by the President. The measure, which creates an advocacy office for the interests of small businesses within the...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

U.S. Immigration Proposes Solution for International Entrepreneurs

by Carlton Fields on

Current visa options limit the ability of foreign national entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in the United States. As a result, the United States is less able to attract the world’s very best and most innovative...more

The “Shark Tank Visa”: Proposed Rule Opens Door for Foreign Entrepreneurs

by Burr & Forman on

Last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other...more

Venture Capitalists and Immigration Proponents Likely Disappointed by USCIS Proposed Entrepreneurial Parolee Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS proposes a regulation to grant special “parole” entry to certain foreign entrepreneurs backed by venture capitalists and angel investors. The rule is long and complicated, while the benefit granted...more

Failing to Choose the Best Entity Structure for Your Business - Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later - Common Legal Mistakes Made by Small...

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip? #1?? - Failing to Choose the Best Entity Structure for Your Business...more

eMerge Welcomes Guests with Iconic Opening Reception

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Sunday night was a buzz at the opening reception for the 3rd annual eMerge conference located at the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road garage. The attendees enjoyed food, drinks and music, but the real discussion centered on the...more

7 Essential IP Law Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Ask any startup veteran: intellectual property can make or break a successful exit. Here are seven things every startup should know about intellectual property law....more

U.S. Work Visas for International Startup Entrepreneurs: Plan Well, Know Your Options

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The best way to ensure compliance with immigration regulations is to plan as far in advance as possible and to know when it is necessary to obtain a visa. ...more

Two Key Insurance Considerations For Startups

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Startups have numerous and different insurance needs and will face many challenges as new businesses, but by considering whether general liability and key person insurance are appropriate products they will likely be better...more

Nevada Corporate Law: What’s Wrong With Expedition?

by Allen Matkins on

As someone who has been writing about Nevada corporate law for over two decades, I’ve been somewhat amused by the recent “discovery” of the Silver State as an alternative to Delaware. Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Liz...more

When Should a Startup Hire a Lawyer?

When should a young company start to think about engaging legal counsel? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question – a startup should assess its status as an organization, its goals and future needs and its...more

Blog: Post-Incorporation Checklist: 10 Next Steps to Consider

by Cooley LLP on

You’ve taken the plunge and formed your business as a Delaware corporation. What do you need to do next? This post, along with the companion piece 8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment, is intended to help you identify...more

[Webinar] Formation Issues and Changes in Structure: Tax Considerations - Mar. 19, 12-1PM PST

Please join Sheppard Mullin for our monthly Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar Series educating entrepreneurs and emerging companies on the key legal issues they face during the growth of their companies. These...more

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