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Business of Art: How to Start a Business (CLE)

January 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Part One: How to Start a Business (CLE)

Entity Selection and Formation

(1.5 Continuing Legal Education Credits)
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2024
5 – 6:30 PM

Understanding your options when it comes to deciding on a business structure can be an overwhelming process, especially when you start to consider the legal implications surrounding different for-profit entities. “Getting Started: Entity Selection and Formation” will provide you with an overview of for-profit business structures and associated legal day-to-day considerations that entrepreneurs (specifically those in artistic fields) should know about. If you’ve ever wondered what is the difference between an LLC and a corporation, when to create an “operating agreement,” or how to pick a business name, this class is for you!

Topics Include:

1. Various types of corporate entities (and their similarities and differences)
2. Contractual issues in structuring a business
3. Tips on picking a business name and its impact

Instructor: Andrew Borsen, partner at Borsen Law and adjunct professor, teaching Business Law.

Note: This workshop is Part One of VLA’s Three-Part Workshop Series: “The Business of Art”. Part Two will build on some of the concepts covered in Part One and will discuss how financial practices are applied with different entities. Although not required, we strongly encourage participants to take all three workshops to get the most from this program. Those who purchase all three workshops receive a package discount.

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For members, please contact registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

$25 Full-Time Student (students must present proof of status after registering)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$150 Legal Professional VLA Member
$200 Legal Professional Non-Member
$130 YAM’s Current Members and Associate Board

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.

All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

To register for other individual workshops:

Part One: How to Start a Business (1.5 CLE) [Entity Selection and Formation]

Click here.

Part Two: ABCs of Business Finance [Accounting, Budgeting, & Cash]

Click here.

Part Three: Essential Contracts in Relationship Management

Click here.


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