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Business owners face numerous critical decisions to start and grow a healthy, vibrant and profitable business.  Entrepreneurs should assemble a team of professional advisers that can help provide answers to ongoing legal questions in their business.  In this series, entrepreneurs will uncover a multitude of legal issues that can affect the future success or failure of any business.

How to Legally Protect Your Assets >> Each section contains key Action Items located within the downloadable Action Guide >> Click to Download Action Guide.

1.0           Introduction

1.1               Begin with the end in mind – what does that mean?

1.2               Should you treat your business as a DIY project?

1.3               How do you find and develop an advisory team?

1.4               What are the gaps — staffing or otherwise – that you need to fill?

1.5               What’s so important about business ethics and corporate culture?

2.0           Getting Started – Your Form of Business and Ownership Team

2.1               Is a sole proprietorship or partnership the right form for your business?

2.2               Is a corporation the right form for your business?

2.3               Is a limited liability company the right form for your business?

2.4               Will you have active business partners working with you?

2.5               Are you seeking investment capital?

3.0           Your implementation team/Employees and Independent Contractors

3.1               Why outsource?  Differences between employees and contractors

3.2               How can you effectively screen independent contractors?

3.3               What steps can you take in preparing to hire employees?

3.4               Do you know how to manage employees so that they work efficiently?

3.5               Can you fire employees without getting sucked into lawsuits?

4.0           The Art and Science of Contracts

4.1               Is a contract valid if it’s not in writing?

4.2               Can you download and use contracts you find on the Internet?

4.3               What should you look for in office leases and personal guaranties?

4.4               What kinds of terms could you include in your vendor contracts?

4.5               What kinds of terms could you include in your client contracts?

5.0           Protecting your intellectual property

5.1               What are different forms of intellectual property & how do you protect them?

5.2               In what kinds of scenarios could your IP run into trouble?

5.3               Why are “restrictive covenants” important?

5.4               When do you need confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements?

5.5               What legal issues may affect you on the Internet?

6.0           Resources

6.1               Now what?

6.2               Potential Advisors and Assistance

6.3               Other USCFE Lessons

6.4               Books, White papers, Teleseminars, etc.