Business Services and Planning

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, small businesses (defined as having 500 or fewer employees) represent 99.7% of the 29.6 million businesses in the United States. Those small businesses have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past fifteen years, and employ over 50% of all private sector employees. Further, in 2008, approximately 627,200 employer-operated businesses began operations, and 595,600 closed operations.

As a small firm, we understand and keep apprised of the ever-changing needs and demands of small businesses. We are dedicated to assisting and advising small businesses on a variety of matters to resolve their legal needs. Our services are tailored to each client’s specific needs, and are comprehensive in nature, including:

  • Business Formation
    • Entity Selection: corporate entities, partnerships, and limited liability companies
    • Start-up Documents: articles of incorporation, operating agreements, employment agreements, and commercial lease agreements
    • Corporate structuring and governance
    • Guiding clients in the preparation of corporate policies and practices
    • Obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts, including non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements
  • Contract review, interpretation, and guidance regarding enforcement
  • Business and Asset Sales and Purchases
  • Business Dissolutions and Reorganizations
  • Voluntary and Involuntary resignation, withdrawal, or force-out of a shareholder or principal
  • 1031 Exchanges
  • Franchising: negotiation of agreements, analysis of rights and obligations, disengagement from franchise agreements

We also utilize a network of affiliated professional consultants such as accountants, appraisers, business consultants, and technology consultants to provide our clients with specialized counsel to meet each client’s specific goals, and address each client’s concerns.

More information on small businesses can be found on the following websites: