BusinessGateway Series is a professional development program presented
by leading law and business faculty and business practitioners to help
companies make informed business decisions and pursue sound strategic
This program is made possible by a collaboration between the Monte Ahuja College of Business, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and the Shaker LaunchHouse.
The BusinessGateway Series is open to the entire Northeast Ohio business and legal community. Programs are designed to assist and inform small and medium sized enterprises to grow in a global economy. Programs feature leading CSU business and law faculty as well as guest speakers from the business, venture capital, and banking world.
February 22, 2013
Legal Issues for Start-ups: Five Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Address When Launching a Company
Panel discussion led by Mark Sundahl, Associate Dean and Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Launching a successful company requires the alignment of the stars – a good product, a market need, a viable business plan, and the human and financial capital to make it work. When bringing all of these pieces together, the entrepreneur sometimes neglects to give proper attention to the legal issues that are integral to the long-term success of the company. This discussion will review the five legal issues that need to be addressed by every entrepreneur when launching operations in order to avoid unnecessary problems down the road.
March 22, 2013
What a Small Business Needs to Know about IP:
Insights into Patents, Trademarks,
Trade Secrets and Copyrights, for the U.S. and Beyond
Panel discussion with Tom Adams, Chris Jacobs, and Luis Carrion, attorneys, Renner Otto
Intellectual property may be your company’s most valuable asset. Are you sure you’re doing what is necessary to protect it? Three lawyers from the law firm of Renner Otto will provide an overview of IP law and then lead a discussion of what small businesses need to do to guard their intellectual property in the United States and when doing business abroad.
April 26, 2013
Going Global: How to Enter Foreign Markets, Minimize Risks, and Comply with the Law When Doing Business Abroad
Jon Yormick, Yormick & Associates and Nate Ward, Director, International Trade Assistance Center
Now that the world is flat, businesses of all sizes can go global by selling their products and services abroad. The National Export Initiative launched by the White House in 2010 further opened the door to international business by creating new opportunities for U.S. companies to export their goods. Businesses can significantly grow their customer base by penetrating foreign markets, but doing business abroad also poses certain risks and challenges that must be managed. Attorney Jon Yormick will join Nate Ward to describe how best to enter foreign markets and minimize the legal and business risks that may arise.
May 31, 2013
Crowd Funding/Traditional Lending
Mike Hawkins , Chief Technology Officer, SoMoLend
This dynamic presentation will give an overview of the current state of traditional lending and crowd funding for small business as well as the different types of funding available, how it works and small business success stories.
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Hts., Ohio 44120
The program fee is $15.00 in advance, $25 at the door. Program fee includes lunch, lecture, and parking. Pre-registration is required.
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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in the Monte Ahuja
College of Business at Cleveland State University is one of 41 funded
SBDCs throughout Ohio. Our center provides no-cost, confidential,
in-depth, one-on-one counseling for businesses that will or currently
employ under 500 employees. Additional services include training,
e-counseling, quality-based assessments, technical assistance, loan packaging guidance, and information on federal, state, and local re gulations and programs.For more information or to make an appointment with a business adviser, contact Jim Kraft at email@example.com or call 216-359-0220.
The Small Business Development Center Program of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development.