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Starter Company Plus - Digital Main Street - Legal Boot Camp Oct 24 (AM)

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Toronto City Hall

100 Queen St. West

2nd Floor, Committee Room 4

Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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Whether you want to start a retail business, or you’re already operating one, you’re bound to come across legal questions: Should I trademark my name? Are contracts really that important? How do I prepare proper invoices? What licenses and regulations apply to my business? How do I choose my suppliers? Educating yourself and knowing the answers to these questions is important to the operation of your business.

With this seminar, we will offer answers to many of these legal questions and more. Participants will gain a better understanding of general legal concepts as well as a strong ability to identify legal issues before they become real problems. We will review:

  • Business Structures: Choosing between incorporation, partnership, and sole proprietorship.
  • Contracts: Identifying key terms and provisions.
  • General Product Labelling: Ensuring you are following the guidelines laid out by the Competition Bureau
    • Sale pricing: Following regulations laid out in Competition Act, regarding Ordinary Pricing strategies
  • Music Licenses: Regulations regarding recorded music from SOCAN and when you need a license
  • Taxes: Depending on your location and the type of products or services being offered, federal, provincial and/or municipal business taxes may apply.
  • Shareholders Agreements: What they do and why your business may need one.
  • Invoicing: What you need to include to ensure your invoices are enforceable.
  • Intellectual Property: Using copyrights, trademarks, and patents to protect your brand and information.
  • Hiring Employees and Contractors: The critical differences between employees and contractors.
  • Small Claims Litigation: Where to go to enforce your contracts when necessary.
  • Entering into a Commercial Lease: The critical terms and provisions to consider before entering a lease.
  • Legal Resources: Helpful resources to learn more about legal issues for small businesses.

Once you have completed this seminar, we will have taken the mystery out of legal issues and will have provided practical solutions to directly implement towards your business.

Presenter's Bio:
Derek Hopfner and Shane Murphy are co-founders of Law Scout, an online legal marketplace that makes it easy for small businesses to hire experienced lawyers at upfront, fixed fees. Prior to Law Scout, Derek worked for over 6 years as a lawyer focused on business law and litigation at an Alberta-based mid-size law firm. Derek has helped numerous small businesses get launched and has advised them through their initial challenges. He received his law degree from the University of Alberta.

Before founding Law Scout, Shane worked as a litigation and class action lawyer at a Toronto-based boutique law firm. In the courts, Shane advocated for the rights of small business owners and came to understand the challenges of working with a lawyer while launching a business on a limited budget. He holds two law degrees from McGill University and a master's degree from the London School of Economics

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Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Canada

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