Events

Below are my upcoming presentations.

Greater Phoenix SCORE – HOW TO START A BUSINESS

May 12th | 3-4:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

There are few things as exciting as starting your own business, but is Arizona the place to do it?

Fast Company has previously ranked Arizona #1 in the nation for entrepreneurial activity.(1) Our state ranks fifth for projected job growth according to Kiplinger.(2) In a study recently conducted by a labor-analytics firm Emsi, Maricopa County was recently ranked the top county in the country for attracting and retaining workers.(3) And Chief Executive included Arizona on its Top 10 States for Business list.(4)

Topics for this webinar include:

  • Creating a business plan (i.e., how do you make money?)
  • Protecting your personal assets by forming a company
  • Selecting the right form of entity and creating a company Start-up funding
  • What it means to have partners and how to bring them in
  • Basic agreements every new business should have
  • Developing and protecting your brand
  • Building your advisory team

(1) https://www.fastcompany.com/3007772/united-states-innovation-ranking-states-and-district-innovation

(2) https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/t019-s010-states-with-the-fastest-rates-of-job-growth- 2020/index.html

(3) https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/jobs/2020/12/09/emsi-ranks-maricopa-county-no-1-us- attracting-retaining-jobs/3856667001/

(4) https://chiefexecutive.net/2020-best-worst-for-states-business/


Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Bootcamp – HOW TO MOTIVATE AND INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYEES

May 18th | 9-10 am | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

It’s not easy being an employee these days. The COVID-era has brought layoffs, salary cuts, and benefit reductions to virtually every industry. Even those who have not been personally affected must contend with an uncertain economic future, and the fear and stress that such uncertainty breeds. Little wonder that employee morale is at an all-time low.

Business owners may know that low employee morale translates into deteriorating productivity and, ultimately, reduced revenue. But what can today’s cash-strapped owner do to re-energize his or her team while protecting the company’s long-term value? And how can those businesses looking to hire attract and motivate new talent?

Topics for this webinar include:

  • Cost-effective ways to improve life at the office 
  • Benefits that improve quality of life
  • Creating job security with employment agreements 
  • Use of performance and liquidity bonuses
  • Giving employees “ownership” without giving up equity 
  • Making employees owners – stock options and grants
  • Ownership without the tax bill – the LLC profits interest 
  • Dispute resolution

HOW TO AVOID THE TOP 10 LEGAL MISTAKES THAT CAN DESTROY YOUR BUSINESS

May 18th | 5-6:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

When a business owner is attempting to grow his company, legal issues are often put on the back burner. The natural focus is on hiring talented employees, securing customers and generating revenue.

Unfortunately, failing to do some basic legal planning can result in costly mistakes, impaired growth, and even the untimely collapse of the company.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will include, among others:

  • Protecting your corporate shield and your personal assets
  • Why you must have a shareholders or “buy/sell” agreement
  • Raising capital…legally
  • Protecting your valuable intellectual property
  • Managing key employee issues
  • Reducing the risk of litigation

Greater Phoenix SCORE – HOW TO STRUCTURE SUPPLY/MANUFACTURING AGREEMENTS

May 26th | 3-4:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

To ensure a good outcome, a well-structured manufacturing agreement is critical.

In today’s market, product-based companies are increasingly looking to outsource the production of their products. Rather than building costly manufacturing plants and dealing with the related operational challenges, businesses are turning to both domestic and foreign specialty product manufacturers.

While that approach preserves capital and outsources the daily headaches associated with the production process, it is not without risk. A business is literally placing its future in the hands of its chosen manufacturing partner.

Topics for this webinar include:

  • Basic manufacturing terms
  • Pricing and protection against price increases
  • Ways to ensure products are manufactured in accordance with specifications and delivered on time 
  • Term and termination
  • Volume and capacity issues
  • Warranties, quality control and recalls
  • Intellectual property ownership

Vantage – HOW TO RAISE CAPITAL…LEGALLY

June 1st | 8-9:30 am | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

To start or expand a business, you need capital. Raising capital, however, is one of the most difficult challenges that a company can undertake. In the current economy, investors at all levels have become increasingly risk averse, resulting in even greater competition for their limited investment dollars. And heightened regulatory scrutiny by the SEC means that compliance with securities laws has never been more important.

So, what must an entrepreneur or business owner do to successfully navigate the process?

Topics for this seminar will include:

  • Determining a company’s capital requirements
  • Identifying those who can satisfy those requirements
  • Defining the terms of the equity offering
  • Understanding what it means to have investors
  • Complying with federal and state securities laws
  • Avoiding common pitfalls
  • Strategies for increasing a company’s chance of success

S&W Emerging Business Seminar – HOW (AND WHY) TO PREPARE A CORPORATE SUCCESSION PLAN

June 2nd | 8-9:30 am | VIRTUAL [Click Here to Register]

Business owners spend countless hours attempting to grow and maximize the value of their companies. Few, however, create a plan to extract that value in an orderly and predictable process.

Failure to create a comprehensive succession plan can, at best, ensure that money is left on the table when the business is sold or otherwise transitioned. At worst, the absence of a plan may result in the untimely death of the company.

Snell & Wilmer invites you to the next virtual program in the Emerging Business Seminar Series, where partner Brian J. Burt will discuss the creation of corporate succession plans.

Topics for this complimentary webinar will include:

  • Why business owners need a succession plan
  • The two types of succession plans and why both may be needed
  • Considerations when preparing a plan
  • Documenting the plan
  • Plan implementation and adjustment
  • Diversification

Greater Phoenix SCORE – HOW TO STRUCTURE JOINT VENTURES AND STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

June 9th | 3-4:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

For those businesses that have weathered the initial impact of the COVID-19 storm, many find themselves in a difficult position.

Some companies have identified new opportunities and want to quickly capitalize on them but are unable to secure the debt or equity capital they need to do so. Others have the cash but are seeing their historic business model put at risk by the rapidly evolving marketplace.

Enter the joint venture. This approach to partnering can provide both types of companies with the knowledge, resources, and market access they need to take their businesses to the next level.

Topics for this seminar include:

  • Reasons to form a joint venture
  • Joint ventures versus strategic alliances
  • Identifying the joint venture’s purpose
  • Selecting the form of entity
  • Implications for existing operations
  • Capitalizing the joint venture
  • Management issues
  • Economic and tax issues
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Dispute resolution

HOW TO STRUCTURE CONSULTING RELATIONSHIPS

June 15th | 5-6:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

In these uncertain economic times, companies are looking for ways to cut expenses and conserve cash. One increasingly popular way to do so is to outsource work to independent contractors instead of hiring additional employees.

Structured properly, these consulting relationships can add tremendous value to your business. Structured improperly, these relationships can bring about disastrous results. One common mistake – treating someone as an independent contractor when they should have been an employee under federal and state law – can lead to significant liability for both you and your company.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will include, among others:

  • Structuring and drafting the consulting agreement
  • The business deal
  • Representations and warranties
  • Authority to act for your company
  • Ownership of intellectual property
  • Confidentiality
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation covenants
  • Indemnification

Greater Phoenix SCORE – HOW TO RAISE CAPITAL…LEGALLY

June 23th | 3-4:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

To start or expand a business, you need capital. Raising capital, however, is one of the most difficult challenges that a company can undertake. In the current economy, investors at all levels have become increasingly risk averse, resulting in even greater competition for their limited investment dollars. And heightened regulatory scrutiny by the SEC means that compliance with securities laws has never been more important.

So, what must an entrepreneur or business owner do to successfully navigate the process?

Topics for this seminar will include:

  • Determining a company’s capital requirements
  • Identifying those who can satisfy those requirements
  • Defining the terms of the equity offering
  • Understanding what it means to have investors
  • Complying with federal and state securities laws
  • Avoiding common pitfalls
  • Strategies for increasing a company’s chance of success

HOW TO START A NEW BUSINESS

July 20th | 5-6:30 pm | VIRTUAL   [Click Here to Register]

There are few things as exciting as starting your own business, but is Arizona the place to do it?

Fast Company has previously ranked Arizona #1 in the nation for entrepreneurial activity.  Our state ranks fifth for projected job growth according to Kiplinger. In a study recently conducted by a labor-analytics firm Emsi, Maricopa County was recently ranked the top county in the country for attracting and retaining workers. And Chief Executive included Arizona on its Top 10 States for Business list.

Topics for this webinar include:

  • Creating a business plan (i.e., how do you make money?)
  • Protecting your personal assets by forming a company
  • Selecting the right form of entity and creating a company Start-up funding
  • What it means to have partners and how to bring them in
  • Basic agreements every new business should have
  • Developing and protecting your brand
  • Building your advisory team