“Social Entrepreneurs: How the Law Can Be Friend or Foe to Your Mission”
Thanks to everyone who turned out for this rousing talk on a rainy Monday night.
I started by providing context around social entrepreneurship – what it means and what it doesn’t. Then, Tichelle Sorensen and Martin Medeiros from Swider Medeiros Haver LLP led an interactive presentation touching on enterprise forms, enterprise risks and enteprise risks that are particular to social ventures. The entrepreneur has to carefully consider their legal options every step of the way, and it is rarely (never?) black and white. But one of my favorite points was that we have to take some risks or we wouldn’t ever leave the house. Entrepreneurs know about risk.
I don’t think the phrase “knowledge is power” could be any more true than in law. No one wants to imagine losing their trademark, getting kicked out of their venture or losing their mission, but understanding how to guard against these things in advance is empowering.
Martin and Tichelle did a great job of providing real examples. The group had great questions, and it was a meaty and extremely useful discussion.
Thank you to Swider Medeiros Haver LLP for sponsoring the event and MercyCorps Northwest for hosting.
– Cindy Cooper
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