Events

Below are my upcoming presentations:

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

May 31st | 5:30-6:30 pm | LIVE at WBC [Click Here To Register]

When a business owner is attempting to grow his or her 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 program will include:

  • 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

Emerging Business Seminar – HOW TO STRUCTURE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS

June 1st | 7:30-9:30 am [Click Here To Register]

BACK LIVE AND IN PERSON at Skysong!

“Almost 50% of employees are looking for a new job or plan to soon…suggesting the pandemic-era phenomenon known as the Great Resignation is continuing into 2022.”1

That’s disturbing news for those business owners who hope to retain their valued employees.  And for those employers planning to leverage the anticipated exodus to upgrade their own personnel roster, success may turn on their willingness to make longer-term commitments to their new recruits.

Whether you are working to retain existing employees or attempting to attract new ones, a well-drafted employment agreement remains one of the best motivational tools.

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. invites you to the next program in the Emerging Business Seminar Series, where partner Brian J. Burt will discuss how to prepare an employment agreement.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will include, among others:
·         Understand the difference between at-will employment and employment agreements
·         Negotiating and drafting an employment agreement

1 Willis Towers Watson’s 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey


AZ MBDA – HOW TO STRUCTURE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS

June 14th | 9-10 am | VIRTUAL [Click Here To Register]

More than 50% of American workers plan to look for a new job in 2022!

That’s disturbing news for those business owners who hope to retain their valued employees. And for those employers planning to leverage the anticipated exodus to upgrade their own personnel roster, success may turn on their willingness to make longer-term commitments to their new recruits.

Whether you are working to retain existing employees or attempting to attract new ones, a well-drafted employment agreement remains one of the best motivational tools.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will include:

  • Understanding the difference between at-will employment and employment agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting an employment agreement
    • Title and duties
    • Compensation
    • Bonuses and incentives
    • Term and termination
    • Severance
    • Restrictive covenants – confidentiality,
      non-competition, non-solicitation


 

AZ Commerce Authority – HOW TO DO AVOID THE TOP 10 LEGAL MISTAKES THAT CAN DESTROY YOUR BUSINESS

June 21st | 9-10 am | VIRTUAL  [Registration Link To Come]

When a business owner is attempting to grow his or her 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 program will include:

  • 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


SCORE – HOW TO START A NEW BUSINESS

June 23rd | 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. 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.

Brian J. Burt will discuss issues related to starting a new business and share lessons learned from his own and his clients’ past entrepreneurial experiences.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will 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


Prestamos WBC – HOW TO START A BUSINESS

June 28th | 5:30-6:30 pm | LIVE at WBC [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.

Brian J. Burt will discuss issues related to starting a new business and share lessons learned from his own and his clients’ past entrepreneurial experiences.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will 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


Vantage – HOW TO INVEST IN PRIVATE COMPANIES

July 2nd | 8-9:30 am | VIRTUAL  [Registration Link To Come]

During the early stages of a private company’s lifecycle, the necessary capital comes from “angel investors” who are willing to bear high risk for potentially high rewards. As we hopefully emerge from the pandemic, those angels are looking to re-engage. This seminar presents topics including risks and rewards of private company investments; locating investment opportunities; analyzing prospective deals; negotiating favorable investment terms; protecting your investment, and the investor’s role post-closing.


AZ MBDA – HOW TO MOTIVATE AND INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYEES

July 12th | 9-10 am | VIRTUAL [Registration Link To Come]

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 complimentary seminar 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


Prestamos WBC – HOW TO STRUCTURE CONSULTING RELATIONSHIPS

July 26th | 5:30-6:30 pm | LIVE at WBC [Click Here To Register]

In these uncertain economic times, every company is 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:

  • 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


SCORE – HOW TO NEGOTIATE AND PREPARE CONTRACTS

July 28th | 3-4:30 pm | VIRTUAL [Registration Link To Come]

Contracts are a daily part of every business owner’s life. When economic times were good, many owners ignored contractual formalities and some even abandoned written agreements altogether. During the days of abundant (and seemingly unending) profits, “handshake deals” often became the norm.

In the current market, however, proliferating disputes and costly litigation have laid bare the perils of doing business without a well-drafted contract. So, how can companies best protect their interests through the contract negotiation and preparation process?

Topics for this complimentary seminar will include:

  • Challenges of doing business in today’s market
  • Best practices in contract negotiation
  • Capturing agreed upon business terms in the contract
  • Ensuring today’s deal remains tomorrow’s deal
  • Key areas of exposure and ways to limit liability
  • Ways to resolve disputes and help avoid them
  • Why “miscellaneous” provisions matter


Prestamos WBC – HOW TO STRUCTURE SUPPLIER/MANUFACTURING AGREEMENTS

September 27th | 5:30-6:30 pm | LIVE at WBC [Click Here To Register]

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

Topics for this complimentary webinar will 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


Prestamos WBC – HOW TO RAISE CAPITAL…LEGALLY

October 25th | 5:30-6:30 pm | LIVE at WBC [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 adverse, 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 complimentary 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


SCORE – HOW TO START A NEW BUSINESS IN ARIZONA

October 27th | 3-4:30 pm | VIRTUAL  [Registration Link To Come]

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.

Brian J. Burt will discuss issues related to starting a new business and share lessons learned from his own and his clients’ past entrepreneurial experiences.

Topics for this complimentary seminar will 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