You know your business like the back of your hand and you know where you want to go – but you have questions.  You are looking for effective answers. And you are looking for value.

Your business does not stand alone.  It has relationships with its customers, its employees, and its suppliers, and it needs those connections to thrive.  Your business should also have relationships with its advisors, an alliance that understands your business, its objectives and priorities, and what it needs to succeed and grow.

It is my job to listen and learn about your business: what you want to achieve, and where you want it to go.  Only then, as a partnership, can we explore the questions and answers you need to help your business succeed. As with any partnership, you need straight talk and honest answers about what tools you will need to make your business thrive, how to protect it, and how to protect yourself.  With a dual J.D./M.B.A. degree, I am uniquely qualified to provide the information you need to make informed decisions about your business choices from both the legal and business perspectives.

I can provide you assistance with:

  • Purchase, sales and service agreements;
  • Business formation, operating agreements, joint ventures and franchise agreements;
  • Selling a business or part of a business, merging with another business, and business reorganizations;
  • Loan and financing agreements;
  • Leases of real or personal property;
  • Employment contracts, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements;
  • Employee handbooks and employment law compliance.

On-line resources:

Small Business Administration: 
< https://www.sba.gov/>  – free advice and help with starting a small business, where to find resources for small businesses, and help with qualifying for government contracts.

S.C.O.R.E.:
< https://www.score.org/>  – formerly known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, it is a volunteer, non-profit organization that offers free mentoring services to small businesses by retired and active business executives.

Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation:
<http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/charter.html> – the Maryland SDAT is where you can form your business by filing the appropriate paperwork.  Forms for incorporation, forming limited liability companies, registering business names and a host of other necessary filings are available in PDF format for your use.

District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
– Business Licensing and Registration:

< http://dcra.dc.gov/page/business-licensing-corporate-registration > – the D.C. DCRA has an online corporate portal for registering your business prior to obtaining a business license.  The website allows uploads of your prepared documents.