Social Enterprise & Nonprofit

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The Importance of Understanding Bylaws and Operating Agreements

One of the most common questions coming from start up companies revolves around what corporate governance documents are needed upon formation. Whether you are incorporating as a limited liability company (an “LLC”) or a Corporation, you need to take the time to put together and understand the initial corporate governance for your company, to ensure …

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Salesforce.com relinquishes Trademark application for “Social Enterprise”; What you Can Do to Protect a Phrase that Defines a Movement.

Salesforce is a global company worth billions. They have a large share of their target market and their signs of growth don’t show signs of slowing. As they continue to expand their services and as more integration solutions for systems like HubSpot are released (Click Here to find out more about this), their grasp on …

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Professional Practice Buyouts for New Practitioners – Have Patience.

(Recently Apex Law has been working more and more with professional service providers seeking to sell their practices and/or transition into retirement.  Here is the second in a series of posts passing along some of the knowledge that we have obtained in that process) As we covered in our first post regarding professional practice buyouts, …

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With Practice Transitions – Think Like a Lender

(Recently Apex Law has been working more and more with professional service providers seeking to sell their practices and/or transition into retirement.  Here is the first in a series of posts passing along some of the knowledge that we have obtained in that process) As more and more dental and other professionals reach retirement age …

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Social Entrepreneurship Articles and an Event for the Week of Sept. 9, 2012

  I’ve recently come across a couple of interesting articles that I felt were worth sharing with the community.  Also, there’s an event on the SPC this week that some of you may consider attending: 1. The Truth about Ben and Jerry’s Widely used as the impetus for the benefit corporation, there was more going on …

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Nonprofit vs. Tax-Exempt – Examining the Differences

A lot of clients and prospective clients come into meet with us here at Apex Law, and express some confusion over the difference between being a not-for-profit corporation, and a tax-exempt organization. There is a perception out there that the two concepts are one in the same, when in fact they are much different. If …

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Capital and Control: The final two considerations for determining legal structure for your Social Enterprise.

You want to make a change with your new business venture and you’re ready to file the necessary paper work to form a legal structure, but what type of legal structure should you form? Because your idea combines for-profit considerations and nonprofit motives, you’re a little confused about whether you should form a nonprofit, a …

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Why My Washington Bar Colleagues Should Consider District Court for Litigation in Washington State: “Tastes Great. . . Less Filing!”

Last Tuesday at the King County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm monthly meeting, I was reminded about the benefits of litigating civil disputes at Washington State’s District Court.  District court is an underutilized and lesser-known court of limited jurisdiction.  But after hearing what the guest presenters had to say about the district court processes, I’ve …

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The Latest on Washington State’s Social Purpose Corporation – Is Seattle the Capital for Social Entrepreneurship?

Over the course of my routine internet reading this past week, I came across a large number of blogs and stories regarding the Social Purpose Corporation and some creative ways to use the legal structure.  So I thought I would share. Seattle Social Purpose Corporation Meetup First, I should note that there’s a meetup in …

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The Difference Between a Benefit Corporation and a (certified) B-Corp

I’m often asked:  What’s the difference between a benefit corporation and a B-Corp, are they the same thing? No, these are not the same thing.  The benefit corporation is a legal structure available for incorporation in several states,[1] whereas a B-Corp is a certification granted by B-Labs, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.  Think of benefit corporations …

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