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Legal Foundations for Small Business 101

February 16 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Location: Online.

Delivered by one of the world’s leading trademark lawyers, this webinar will provide you with an overview of the legal foundations all small business owners and entrepreneurs should understand. You will learn about liability and its impact on business structure; contracts and why you might need to know how to write one effectively; the legal requirements one might face when borrowing money and navigating financing options; trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property considerations; and, finally, basic employment law and how it may impact you when hiring employees and/or independent contractors.

What you will learn:

  • What’s the difference between a sole proprietorship, partnership, and an incorporation? What should I choose and why?
  • What is the best way to protect my designs or unique aspects of my business? How do I decide if it’s worth it?
  • Will I need to write a contract for clients or employees as a small business owner? How do I do that correctly?
  • How might the law affect my search for funding? What should I be considering?
  • What are my legal responsibilities as an employer?
  • What’s the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?
  • The legal system is scary and complicated. What should I do if I have more questions?

Join us to learn all about the legal foundations to start and grow your own small business.

Speaker Bio:

Ashlee Froese is a branding & fashion lawyer and trademark agent. She has been practicing law since 2007. She is recognized by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Trademarks Law, and, since 2017, she is consistently listed in the World Trademark Review as one of the top 1000 trademark lawyers in the world.

In 2019, Ashlee was recognized with the Lexpert Zenith Award, giving her acclaim as a notable changemaker in law. Ashlee is currently a committee member at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Prior to launching Froese Law, Ashlee was a partner on Bay Street where she fast-tracked to partnership within 6 years.


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