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Episode 6: Written Agreements

When starting a business, the rosy feelings of a handshake deal or oral agreement can make a written contract seem unnecessary and restrictive. In this podcast, Peter and Alexander discuss the importance of memorializing handshake deals in written agreements despite this upfront inconvenience. Whether you’re entering into a new business as a partnership or as …

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Episode 5: 501(c)(3) Taxation

Ever wonder how nonprofits do their taxes? In today’s podcast, Peter shares his expertise in 501(c)(3) taxation to discuss when nonprofits do and don’t have to pay taxes and how they can use that knowledge to their advantage. He briefly highlights the two things nonprofits need to achieve tax-exempt status: 1) being organized for charitable …

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Episode 4: Nonprofit Bylaws with Judy Andrews

Peter hosts special guest Judy Andrews as they discuss liability and protections in nonprofit bylaws. Judy, an attorney with exceptional leadership roles and professional recognition in her nonprofit work, begins the podcast by naming what she views as the top five most important provisions to include in bylaws to protect your organization. She and Peter …

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Episode 3: Trademarks

Peter and Alexander delve into the intellectual property side of corporate governance with a discussion of trademarks. What is a trademark? How do I get one? What can and can’t be a mark?  They explain what it means to have “the exclusive right to use a particular identifier,” why your business might want that exclusive …

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Episode 2: Social Purpose Entities

Want to start a business that makes a profit and gives back? In this episode, Peter and Alexander explain social purpose entities, why you should consider being one, and how you can start your own. Peter, with an extensive history of working with social purpose entities, and Alexander, a seasoned corporate attorney, provide insight into …

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Episode 1: Types of Business Entities

You’re starting a business, but what form your business should take? A Limited Liability Company (“LLC”)? A Corporation? A Partnership? In this episode, Alexander and Peter walk you through business types and entity forms. Join us for a discussion of how your entity or business gives you limited liability for the risks you take on, …

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Equity Crowdfunding (almost) Available in Washington State!

By Peter J. Smith On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law.  Among other provisions, the JOBS Act aimed to permit unaccredited investors (think the average Joe) an opportunity to invest a limited amount of capital in businesses.  Without the JOBS Act, it is nearly impossible to raise money from average …

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Patagonia Launches In House Fund

There is lots of movement in the social impact investment space lately it seems.  Yesterday on Businessweek.com there was an interesting piece on Patagonia, California’s first Benefit Corporation, and its announcement of the creation of an in house venture fund aimed at startups looking to make a positive social impact in these distinct areas:  clothing, …

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