MinneBar: Audit Your Own Business

What do business owners really need to know to avoid legal trouble? This is a speed session covering relevant, practical considerations for your business to avoid common startup mistakes. Register here.

Topics include:

  • starting a business
  • intellectual property
  • independent contractors
  • noncompete agreements
  • contracts with clients
  • employees
  • tax tips
  • topics raised in your questions

Get answers to common questions:

  • When do I need a business attorney and when don’t I?
  • How can I protect my intellectual property?
  • What is the difference between copyright, trademark, and patent?
  • What are the most common small business legal mistakes to avoid?
  • How do I decided between a partnership, LLC, or S corp?
  • Are noncompete agreements enforceable? When?
  • Are there really tax loopholes? How do I use them?

Everyone will receive access to download this document:

  • Audit Your Own Business: A Checklist to Avoid Common Legal Problems

Bring your business law questions!


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About the presenter

Aaron Hall

I am a business and technology attorney at the law firm of Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley in downtown Minneapolis.

I represent a large number of medium and small tech companies including SaaS, ecommerce, app development, design, and more traditional computer technologies.

How My Approach is Different

Too many business attorneys understand the law, but not what it takes to grow successful businesses. Successful companies need business attorneys who understand the mindset and priorities of a business owner.

While practicing law in other law firms, we observed that growing companies are struggling with many of the same types of problems: legal action from ex-employees, breach of contracts, business partner disputes, infringement of intellectual property, and legal compliance issues. We recognized that clients need more than a lawyer: they need an experienced business partner to solve these problems and prevent future legal problems.

By analyzing the most common problems of our business clients, we developed streamlined methods to achieve results in litigation and an efficient process to identify and prevent most business legal problems.

In short, we partner with company owners to solve complex problems and minimize legal risk. We are business minded. We are “hands on.” We give business owners what they need to avoid legal problems, minimize taxes, and focus on their passions and business growth.

About MinneBar

First held in 2006, MinneBar is an annual technology and software conference held in Minneapolis. MinneBar, like other BarCamps, is an (un)conference that is participant-ledand has a very loose structure. BarCamps are held around the world from Swaziland to Seattle; MinneBar is rumored to be the largest in North America. There are no keynote speakers or formal workshops (although we sometimes host minor web celebrities, and all sessions are led by people from the tech and business community. The event is free an open to anyone with an interest. (http://minnestar.org/minnebar/)