A Once A Year Opportunity for Small Business Owners at the 10th Annual Entrepreneurs Law School - This Year's Focus "Knowing the Times"

Dr. Beth Hagan, who has organized the Entrepreneurs Law School for a decade says, “This is a not-to-be missed day-long event for small business owners who want to hone their knowledge of the legal issues pertaining to their businesses."

Fort Myers, FL, December 11, 2008 --(PR.com)-- An opportunity for small business owners to interact in hour-long sessions with local attorneys will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2009 during the 10th annual Entrepreneurs Law School.

Dr. Beth Hagan, who has organized the Entrepreneurs Law School for a decade says, “This is a not-to-be missed day-long event for small business owners who want to hone their knowledge of the legal issues pertaining to their businesses. It is of utmost importance that business owners and managers to be informed about the legalities of issues that become even more important during challenging economic times.”

Dr. Hagan has her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Education and is dedicated to helping business owners be the best they can be while running their businesses. She says this is an exciting year for the Entrepreneurs Law School; it marks a decade of education and information that has helped hundreds of local business owners succeed.

In its tenth year, the popular Entrepreneurs Law School is coordinated by the Small Business Development Center of Florida Gulf Coast University. The law firm of Roetzel & Andress, KeyBank and Briers CPA are sponsoring this year’s Law School for small business owners and managers.

Tim Cartwright, Managing Director of Compass Advisory Group and President of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum will present a Keynote Address: The Stress and Frustration of “Maybe” – Why is raising capital so difficult?

The hour-long sessions will be conducted by attorneys who are experts in the legal matters of small business.

Topics include:
Estate Planning for the Business Owner - Juan D. Bendeck, JD
Raising New Capital: Legal Aspects - Charles C. Cohen, JD
How to Determine That Your Legal Form Is Best For You - Henry C. Cohen, JD
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Kimberly A. Davis, J.D.
Commercial Condominiums in 2009: What to Know - Sean M. Ellis, J.D.
The Entrepreneur’s Legal Checklist - Aaron Farmer, J.D.
The Employment of Foreign Nationals: I-9 Compliance, Work Authorization and Employment Visas - Jon Fishbane, J.D.
Buying, Selling or Investing in a Business: Points to Consider - Donna Flammang, J.D.
Something to Lien On - Jim Fox, J.D.
Strategies for Preventing Employee Theft - Amy Garrard, J.D.
How Permits or Lack of Permits Can Affect Your Business - Beverly Grady, J.D.
The Basics of Intellectual Property Law - K’Shana Haynie, J.D.
Employee Handbooks: An Important Tool for the Smallest Business - Sylvia E. Heldreth, J.D.
Intellectual Property: A Competitive Advantage - Richard A. Hinson, J.D.
Temporary Injunctions – How to Get Quick Relief! - Marc A. Huling, J.D.
Estate Planning for Business Owners - G. Carson McEachem, J.D.
All Business is Personal….A Strategic Approach to Estate and Business Planning -
Danny Meek, J.D.
Negotiating and Enforcing Commercial Leases - Lori L. Moore, J.D.
Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws in the Small Business Workplace - Jenna D. Persons, J.D.
Purchase or Sale of a Business - Ray Schumann, J.D.
Breach of Contract – Seemingly Simple, Surprisingly Complex - Dana A. Snyderman, J.D.
Commercial Litigation From A Business Perspective - Andrew Solis, J.D.
Can I do business in the USA? - Tulio Suarez, J.D.
Employers Practices Liability - Brian Ussery, J.D.

Sessions will be held on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Union Building (Building #17 with large clock) 10501 FGCU Blvd, S., Fort Myers.

The Entrepreneur’s Law School tuition including Lunch with the Lawyers is $75 for the morning or afternoon sessions and $95 for the full day, if purchased in advance. At the door, half day tuition is $95 and full day is $105. Interested businesses or individuals may register online at: http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc, or call 239-745-3700 for more information.

This program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made.

Dr. B. Hagan
Sue Huff