In-Person Live Seminar
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

8:55 AM - 4:30 PM   |   Check-In:  8:30 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Advising a Start-Up Business in Minnesota

A Practical, In-Depth Review of the Business Formation Process

Receive Expert Advice On:

  • Choice of Entity and Business Formation
  • Hiring Employees and Contractors
  • Capital Raise & Financing Options (including Kickstarter)
  • Drafting Owner Agreements
  • IP Considerations
  • Privacy and Data Security

Bonus Materials!
Each attendee will receive a FREE Summary Guide™ Comparing Minnesota Business Entities!

Schedule times below are for the live seminar. Please refer to DATES & LOCATIONS for individual replay start times.

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introduction
– Jennie A. Clarke, Course Co-Chair; Rubric Legal, LLC; Minneapolis
– Michael H. Frasier, Course Co-Chair; Rubric Legal, LLC; Minneapolis

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Choice of Entity and Business Formation 101 
Should your client start their business as an LLC? A corporation? A partnership? Learn the important distinctions between entities, and practical tips for helping your client decide what entity-type to choose.
– Inti Martínez-Alemán; Ceiba Forte Law Firm; Saint Paul

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Hiring Employees and Contractors
A practical analysis of employment issues for new businesses: employment classifications; the hiring process; employment agreements including restrictive covenants; compensation and guaranteed payments; ownership, profit interests, and options including Section 83(b) elections; employee benefits; employee handbooks; applicable employment laws; and other issues.
– Adrianna Shannon; Shannon Law, LLC; Minneapolis

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Capital Raise and Finance Options (Including Kickstarter)
A comprehensive review of funding options for start-ups, including newer “social” funding platforms and other important considerations in raising capital or obtaining other financing.
– Jon L. Farnsworth; Spencer Fane LLP; Minneapolis
– Elizabeth G. Roetker; Felhaber Larson; Minneapolis

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Owner Agreements and other Governance Agreements
This session will address drafting issues that commonly arise in owners’ agreements, including those terms or contracts related to startup issues, buy-sell, exit issues, and more. Sample clauses and form language to adapt in the future will be provided.
– Jennie A. Clarke, Course Co-Chair; Rubric Legal, LLC; Minneapolis
– Michael H. Frasier, Course Co-Chair; Rubric Legal, LLC; Minneapolis

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Intellectual Property Considerations for the Start-Up Business
A discussion of trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret considerations for start-up businesses, and strategies for balancing IP risks and costs.
– Boyd Black; Kinney & Lange; Minneapolis

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Data Privacy and Security Priorities and Principles for Small Businesses: How to Balance Risk and Resources
This session will provide practical insights for small businesses looking to make informed and adequate decisions to assess risk and allocate resources for privacy and data security related compliance.
– Heidi J.K. Fessler; Innova Law Group PLLC; Hugo

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Insurance for the Start-Up Business
So your client is starting a business- can a piece of paper save them? It may, if it’s an insurance policy. From CGL to worker’s compensation, we’ll discuss the question of what every start up needs to protect their assets.
– John Badgley; Key Insurance, Inc.; Minnetonka

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Ask the Experts: Q&A Panel

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Schedule times for replays may differ from those for the live program. Start times are as indicated below. Please register at least one week in advance to secure your copy of the course materials on the day of the seminar.

Minneapolis – 8/12/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minneapolis – 8/28/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center

Detroit Lakes – 12/19/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Becker County Courthouse
915 Lake Avenue

Duluth – 11/1/19 (Check-In 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Pier B Resort
800 West Railroad St., Pilot House Boardroom

Moorhead – 10/8/19 (Check-In 9:00; Replay 9:15)
Moorhead Public Library
118 Fifth Street South

Saint Cloud – 9/26/19 (Check-In 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Rinke Noonan Law Firm
1015 West Saint Germain Street

In-Person Live:  $245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 standard rate
In-Person Replay:  $225 MSBA members / $225 paralegals / $275 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Needs-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. Most scholarships awarded are 50% off the seminar price. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 standard CLE credits. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 6.0 credits.

Included in registration fee.

Can't attend? The course materials are available for $75 (plus tax and handling). To order, call Minnesota CLE at 651-227-8266 or 800-759-8840. Available in hard copy. Orders will be filled after the live seminar.