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Upcoming Events November 19, 2014
  • Small Business Legal Academy
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: November 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY, United States
    Description: Are you looking for legal help for your small business? Looking to start a nonprofit? Want to explore the resources that are available to strengthen your business or nonprofit?

    The Small Business Legal Academy is a one-day event bringing together corporate law firms, civil legal services organizations, financial services consultants, City and State agencies and other service providers to strengthen New York City’s vibrant and diverse small-business community. Join us for this exceptional opportunity to receive free consulting services, including free one-on-one legal consultations with attorney specialists in the areas of corporate law (e.g., legal entity structure and formation, contracts); real estate (e.g., commercial leasing); intellectual property (e.g., trademarks, copyrights, and patents); employment law; and tax (e.g. sales tax, filing taxes, non-profit tax-exemption). Nearly 100 lawyers from premier law firms will be available for one-on-one legal consultations throughout the day, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

    Workshop Schedule (Workshops will be presented in English, with translation available in Spanish.)
    9:00 - 9:15 - Doors open for registration
    9:30-11:00am - Legal Essentials for Small Businesses
    11:30-1:00pm - Not-for-Profit Governance and Fundraising
    1:15-2:45pm - Raising Capital for Small For-Profit Businesses

    To register for a workshop and/or a one-on-one consultation, click here: http://www.probono.net/sbla/. Advanced registration is recommended but not required.

    The Small Business Legal Academy is brought to you by the Association of Pro Bono Counsel in partnership with: Start Small Think Big • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A • The City Bar Justice Center • Lawyers Alliance for New York • The Legal Aid Society • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest • Pro Bono Net • Urban Justice Center • Volunteers of Legal Service • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts • Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE)
  • Legal Essentials for Small Business Owners & Non-Profits
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: November 19, 2014 - 11:00 am
    Location: Brooklyn Law School - 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
    Description: Legal Essentials for Small Business Owners & Not-Profits is one of three workshops that will be presented at the 2014 Small Business Legal Academy. It will include the following presentations:

    - Employment Law Essentials for Small Business Owners & Non-Profits - presented by Patrick Collins | Partner, McCarter & English, LLP

    - Commercial Leasing for Small Business Owners & Non-Profits - presented by Peter Batten | Of Counsel, Bingham McCutchen

    - Entity Selection & Tax Considerations for Small Businesses  - presented by Sam Warfield, Jeff Lieberman and Devin Heckman | Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    - Nonprofit Formation - presented by Linda S. Manley | Legal Director, Lawyers Alliance for New York

    This workshop will be presented in English, with translation available in Spanish.

    For more information, please contact Danielle Tully at danielle@startsmallthinkbig.org or (646) 723-4054. To register, visit: http://www.probono.net/sbla/workshops/.
  • Raising Capital for your Small Business - A Panel of Lenders
    Starts: 1:15 pm
    Ends: November 19, 2014 - 2:45 pm
    Location: Brooklyn Law School - 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
    Description: Need help navigating the small business financing landscape? Not sure what to expect when you apply for a small business loan? Join us for a FREE interactive panel discussion to learn about acquiring small business financing. Representatives include micro-lenders, a community bank, a credit union, and a crowd-sourced lending organization. Each panelist will briefly describe their role in the lending process and then we will open the floor to your questions. During the panel discussion, you can expect to learn about:

    ✓some available small business lending programs as well as alternative sources of small business financing,
    ✓some of the types of business loans that are available to small businesses,
    ✓common misconceptions that people have about the various types of lenders (micro-lenders, private banks, credit unions),
    ✓lender expectations (including what is necessary to qualify for funding), and
    ✓the importance of positive personal credit for small business owners.

    Raising Capital for Your Small Business is one of three workshops that will be presented at the 2014 Small Business Legal Academy. This workshop will be presented in English, with translation available in Spanish.

    Panelists include:
    - Angel Garcia, Business Development Specialist/Especialista en Desarrollo de Negocios | LES People’s Credit Union
    - Brian Blake, Vice President | Spring Bank
    - Nancy Carin, Executive Director | BOC Capital Corp.
    - Yanki Tshering, Executive Director | Business Center for New American
    - Katherine Lynch, New York Program Associate | Kiva Zip

    For more information, please contact Erica Coleman at Erica@startsmallthinkbig.org or (646) 723-4053. To register, visit: http://www.probono.net/sbla/workshops/.
  • Consumer Debt Legal Clinic
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: East Side House Settlement, 337 Alexander Ave, Bronx, NY, United States
    Description: The Consumer Debt Legal Clinic provides an opportunity to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss consumer debt legal issues, such as a default judgments or creditor harassment. Clinic attorneys can help with any of the following issues:

    o Frozen bank accounts and garnished wages
    o Identity theft
    o Consumer debt judgments
    o Credit reporting errors/disputes
    o Debt collection harassment/general problems with creditors
    o Student loans
    o Medical debt

    Appointments are available between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on November 19, 2014.

    For more information or to register, please contact Milly DuBouchet at milly@startsmallthinkbig.org or (646) 723-4053.

    The Consumer Debt Legal Clinic is made possible through partnerships with the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, CAMBA, Bronx Legal Services, and the East Side House Settlement.
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Upcoming Events November 20, 2014
  • Business Websites 101: Legal Essentials + DIY Business Website Design Clinic
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 20, 2014 - 8:30 pm
    Location: 555 Bergen Avenue (3rd Floor), Bronx, NY 10454
    Description: Part I - Legal Essentials for Doing Business Online (6:00pm - 7:00pm) - Executive Conference Room

    Doing business online is a great way to reach new markets, but it also presents some legal issues. This presentation will cover:
    - Website Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies, including whether and when you need to use them, what you should include, and what they mean;
    - How to avoid copyright infringement issues when adding textual and photographic content to your business website;
    - Sales tax rules in and out of NY State for online merchants; and
    - Social media's intersection with business and law, including website comments sections and employee privacy.

    To register for Part 1, click here: http://businesswebsites101-part-one-startsmallthinkbig.eventbrite.com



    Part II - Do-It-Yourself Business Website Design Clinic (7:00pm-8:30pm) - Computer Lab in Room # 506

    New and existing businesses will learn basics for building simple business websites using low-cost user-friendly drag-and-drop platforms (such as WIX or Squarespace). Following a 45-min presentation, Joe will be available for an additional 45 minutes to assist and answer questions as attendees attempt to practice what they've learned by creating their own business websites in the computer lab on-site.

    To register for Part 2, click here: http://businesswebsites101part-two-startsmallthinkbig.eventbrite.com.

    Business Websites 101 is presented by Start Small Think Big, SoBRO, Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE), and Joe Carano, Website Developer for Bronx Digital, Co-Founder of The Knowledge House, & Business Tech Specialist at Bronx Business Incubator (operated by BOC)
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