May 15th, 2016

June Startup Series: Fitness, Exercise, & Health Industry Businesses 101

Are You the Owner of an Exercise, Athletics, Health, or Dance-Based Business? Or do you want to open one? If so, our June Startup Series program is for you!

Many Dance, Pilates, Yoga Teachers & Fitness Trainers don't have the barest legal coverage for their businesses. Without this protection, the possibility of lawsuits and losing your assets becomes greater and greater, even if you've been in business for many years.

From liability waivers to special precautions for home-based exercise businesses, ABL lawyer Galia Aharoni will walk you through all of the legal considerations and measures you should take to protect yourself, your business, and your assets.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Doors open at 5:30p; discussion begins at 6:00p.
The Port Workspaces 
101 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
Someone will be at the door to check you in.

May 3rd, 2016

May Startup Series: How to Comply with LLC and Corporate Formalities

Starting and running a business comes with piles of paperwork to get and stay compliant. With all the rules governing LLCs and corporations, sometimes business owners can go years before realizing they accidentally missed something, or have been violating the law the entire time!

Join ABL lawyer Galia Aharoni to learn more about the legal requirements for starting and running a corporation or LLC, including statements of information, holding meetings, keeping minutes, and maintaining proper corporate records. We'll also be talking about what could happen to you and your business if you don't comply, so bring those questions and concerns on down!


Tuesday, May 24,  2016
Doors open at 5:30p; discussion begins at 6:00p.
The Port Workspaces 
101 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
Someone will be at the door to check you in.

April 19th, 2016

Startup Series: Social Purpose Businesses

Do you own or want to start a business with a social purpose like benefiting the environment or furthering education? Come learn about the different types of social benefit entities and which one is best for you.

Stay tuned for ticket info, or join the Meetup group for the most up to date information: http://www.meetup.com/Startup-Series-for-Small-Businesses-Launch-Grow-Excel/

March 15th, 2016

Startup Series: Food and Beverage 101

Do you own or want to open a restaurant, bar, cafe?  Are you launching a food service app? Do you know the legalities of setting up and running a food- or beverage-based business?  "Food & Beverage Industry 101" will cover the basics on what you need to know to start a food and beverage company, plus legal tips on managing this type of business. Guest speakers include a wine seller and an insurance broker, so bring your questions about liquor licenses, liability, and any other concerns!

Note that this particular program will be held at the Port Workspaces at Kaiser Mall on 20th Street, not the usual Broadway Street location. 

Purchase your Advance Ticket today and save $5! Tickets and info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-series-food-beverage-industry-101-tickets-21067296852.

March 4th, 2016

POSTPONED! Oakland Finish Up Weekend

Oakland Finish Up will bring in mentors that are CTOs, engineers, designers, lawyers, marketers, etc whose advice comes from experience in getting projects off the ground. ABL lawyer Galia Aharoni will be back for the second time as a mentor!

Bring your stuck, incomplete, unfinished project. You know, that lump of obligation and distress, that pile of unaddressed work, be it a marketing plan, design document, coding a feature, or writing that article or book.

Mix it up a bit- come be inspired and motivated by people sharing that one common goal -- get over the finish line, run the final ten, the last lap -- and FINISH it.

Get tickets early; it will definitely sell out. Info and tickets at: http://oaklandfup.com/


TEMPORARILY POSTPONED! Stay tuned for new dates.


February 23rd, 2016

Startup Series: Did You Pick The Right Business Entity?

If you got audited, would your business be at risk? Is your business getting the best tax rates possible? Did you fill out all your paperwork correctly? If someone sued your business, could they go after your house, car, savings? And does that paperwork you did through LegalZoom really protect you?

On February 23rd, bring your concerns and questions to this Startup Series! Business attorney Galia Aharoni will be speaking about the many different business types available to California businesses, which will help you determine whether you picked the right one for your business. The night will include a discussion on the variety of business entities like LLCs, corporations, and nonprofits, how to pick which one is best for your needs, and how to fill out the paperwork correctly. 

January 19th, 2016

Startup Series: The Pros and Cons of Legal Zoom -- When To Call A Lawyer

Online legal services like LegalZoom, Legal Shield, and Rocket Lawyer have made legal services accessible like never before. But without the help of an expert, sometimes these services can do more harm than good.
Come share your positive experiences and your horror stories as business lawyer Galia Aharoni discusses:
  • The best ways to use online legal tools,
  • Common pitfalls to watch out for, and
  • When it's time to call a lawyer.

Tickets and more information here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-series-the-pros-and-cons-of-legalzoom-when-to-call-a-lawyer-tickets-19501370123

November 3rd, 2015

QuickBooks Connect Conference: Mentor

Back by popular demand, this fast-paced mentoring session is returning to QuickBooks Connect. You’ll be able to sign-up for three 20-minute conversations on topics of your choice, and we’ll match you with individual mentors who are experts in their field. You’ll receive customized feedback on your most pressing business questions from experts speaking on a range of topics such as Hiring and managing, Legal topics in starting or running a business, and B2C/B2B marketing.


October 27th, 2015

Startup Series: Working With Interns and Volunteers

Working with volunteers and interns can be a great way to grow your business and help people get valuable work experience. But the law is murky and it's easy to break the rules without even realizing it.

Come join business lawyer Galia Aharoni for a discussion on:
  • the pros and cons, risks and rewards of working with interns and volunteers
  • how to structure the relationship to minimize risk
  • and when you should -- and shouldn't -- take the plunge and add them to the team

Info and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-series-working-with-interns-and-volunteers-tickets-18923761480

September 22nd, 2015

Startup Series: Business Taxes Toolkit

Small businesses have tight enough budgets as it is. Are you giving the government more money than you have to?

Join business attorney Galia Aharoni and estate planning and tax attorney David Oh, to get answers to these questions and more:
  • What entity should your business be to maximize tax benefits (or minimize unnecessary tax burdens)?
  • Are you taking all the business tax deductions available? How to write off travel expenses, meals, entertainment, home offices, etc.
  • When should you go to an expert? What can you do yourself?
  • Other tips and tricks so you can stop wasting your business's valuable profit.


Tickets and more information at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-series-business-taxes-toolkit-tickets-18445890154