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2011 Entrepreneur?s Law School: For the Small Business Owner Who Wants to Know the Law!

Published: Jan 06, 2011 6:48 AM EST

The Entrepreneur’s Law School, a once-a-year opportunity for small business owners to interact in hour-long sessions with local attorneys, will take place from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The day-long event is designed to help small business owners better understand legal issues pertaining to their particular businesses. The hour long sessions, conducted in by local attorneys, will be eye opening and very enlightening. The presenters are from the community and are experts in small business legal matters.

This is the 12th consecutive year of the popular Entrepreneur’s Law School and is being coordinated by the Small Business Development Center of Florida Gulf Coast University (SBDC). Sponsoring this year’s event are the law firm of Alvarez, Sambol & Winthrop, P.A., and Key Bank. The Entrepreneur’s Law School provides an opportunity to ask the experts specific legal questions, without expensive legal fees.           

Topics and presenters include:

The Entrepreneur’s Legal Checklist, Aaron Farmer

Identifying and Protecting Your Intellectual Property, James Cardle

Considerations in Buying or Selling a Business, Donna M. Flammang

Business Planning for 2011, Jeff Janeiro

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Protecting and Profiting from Intellectual Property, Edward Livingston

How Worker’s Compensation Impacts Your Business, Kristen J. Longberry

Legal Advice: Where, When, How, and Why?, Rachael S. Loukonen

Strategies for Obtaining Financing in Today’s Market, Joseph Ariola

Time to Review Your Business Insurance Policies with the Florida Dept of Financial Services, Carol Porter

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Contracts, Mary Saunders

Health Care Reform and You – What Health Care Reform Means for Your Business, Jeffrey M. Thompson

Hiring and Firing: Starting and Ending the Employer/Employee Relationship, Paul Valenti

The Changing Landscape for Condo and HOA Boards and Associations, Jennifer K. Birmingham

This year’s event will also include a special three-hour track for community association board members who want to fulfill the State of Florida certification requirement to serve on a board.

Sessions will be held on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Union Building (Building #17 with large clock) 10501 FGCU Blvd, S., Fort Myers.

The Entrepreneur’s Law School tuition including Lunch with the Lawyers is $75 for the morning or afternoon sessions or $95 for the full day, if purchased in advance. At the door, half day tuition is $105 and full day is $125. Some 50% scholarships are available; call Dr. Beth Hagan at 239-947-8085 for more details. Interested businesses or individuals may register online at: www.sbdcseminars.org, or call 239-745-3700 for more information.

This program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made. 

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