Lane Powell is pleased to launch its Startups & Emerging Companies Summer Series, an educational and engaging summer program where entrepreneurs, executives, and investors can come to learn, connect, and grow. Educational topics will range from entity formation all the way to preparing for an M&A exit with each of the three events geared towards startups, operating entities, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Whether you are already running a business, or are still in the early stages of building your startup, the Summer Series will be an informative networking event and will offer the opportunity for you to learn and discuss important topics that every business should be considering in a relaxed environment. Each event will kick off with a networking social, followed by a presentation and Q&A session, and will cap off with beverages on the patio and an additional opportunity to connect with others in the PNW startups & emerging companies space.
Feel free to share this invitation with your network. We hope you can join us!
THURSDAY, JUNE 22 – The Starting Line: Entity Formation, Organizational Documentation, and Issuing Equity
When you are starting a new business, there are many factors that need to be thoughtfully considered. In the first session of our Summer Series we will focus on topics relating to entity formation, organizational documentation, and issuing equity. One of Lane Powell’s tax experts, Eric Kodesch, will offer insight into the tax considerations when selecting an entity. Lane Powell corporate attorneys, Liz Davis, Brandon Mahrt, and Joe Cerne, will also provide additional insights into initial organizational documents, including articles, bylaws/operating agreements, IP assignments, and shareholder agreements. Early-stage financing documents such as SAFE’s and convertible notes will also be discussed.
THURSDAY, JULY 20 – Considerations When Hiring and Firing Your First Employee
In the second session of our Summer Series, members of Lane Powell’s Labor & Employment team, Courtney McFate and Brenna McLaughlin, will discuss the risks of misclassifying workers, and the difference between a volunteer, an independent contractor, an "intern," and an employee. They'll also provide some insight into Oregon's final paycheck law and the pitfalls of not paying your employees on time. Lane Powell corporate attorneys, Allison Jacobsen, Brandon Mahrt, and Joe Cerne, will supplement this discussion with a summary of key equity compensation topics to keep in mind when onboarding your team.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 – What Good Organization Looks Like: How to Maintain a Clean Corporate Record
One of the most daunting tasks of owning a business is keeping your business’ finances and other corporate records organized. In the final session of our Summer Series, we invite Brieanne Runsten from Pilot.com to join Lane Powell corporate attorneys, Brandon Mahrt and Joe Cerne, to discuss best practices relating to accounting, financial statements, and cap table management. Brandon and Joe will offer helpful insight into the due diligence process and what investors and acquirers look for when they evaluate a business.