Events

Below are my upcoming presentations.

EMERGING BUSINESS SEMINAR – How To Start A New Business

Wednesday, June 5th  / 7:30-9:30am / SkySong (Scottsdale & McDowell) / FREE  [Register]

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

Fast Company has historically ranked Arizona #1 in the nation for entrepreneurial activity. Our state leads the country in projected job growth according to Forbes. Maricopa County was just ranked the fastest growing county in the nation for the 3rd straight year by the U.S. Census Bureau. And Chief Executive put Arizona on its Top 10 States for Business list.

Snell & Wilmer invites you to the next program in the Emerging Business Seminar SeriesTM, where partner 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 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

 

HOW TO RAISE CAPITAL…LEGALLY

Tuesday, June 11th / 8:00-9:30am / Vantage (Desert Ridge) / FREE  [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.   Learn what an entrepreneur or business owner must 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
  • How the JOBS Act will change the rules of the game with crowdfunding
  • Strategies for increasing a company’s chance of success

 

HOW TO NEGOTIATE AND PREPARE CONTRACTS

Wednesday, June 19th / 6:00-7:30pm / Tempe Public Library / FREE  [Register]

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 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

 

HOW TO INVEST IN PRIVATE COMPANIES

Tuesday, July 9th / 8:00-9:30am / Vantage (Desert Ridge) / FREE   [Register]

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. During the Great Recession, many potential angels sat on the sidelines. With the U.S. economy coming back to life, however, those angels are looking to re-engage. This class 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.