Incorporate Your Independence?: An intro to the decision process

Incorporating your business is often one of the first step taken by entrepreneurs on the road to success. Roman Fichman, Esq. will help us understand why incorporation is important and the different types of corporate entities that are available, why incorporate in New York or Delaware, what basic legal documents are necessary and what to do if you have co-founders and/or partners.

The talk will cover:
-- Differences between Sole Proprietorships, S-Corps, C-Corps and LLCs
-- How these entities differ from a legal and personal liability standpoint
-- How to keep the corporate "veil" safe
-- How to codify the relationship of the founding and non-founding team(s)
-- Basic legal agreements and practices young startups should have in place
-- How to prepare for venture funding
-- What to ask when retaining a lawyer for your business

Our presenter, Roman Fichman, Esq., practices in the areas of business and technology law. With a background in electrical engineering and media, Roman represents foreign and domestic start-ups and new media companies as well as a variety of other enterprises.

Before becoming an attorney Roman worked for some of the leading television news channels and eventually managed a video production company. Roman's background in engineering, media and business management gives him a broad understanding of pertinent issues of business law and start-ups.

Roman is quite handy with a soldering iron and duct tape and has been known to use both in some of his endeavors. You can find more in his blog at

The format will be very informal and personal-- attendees will be called on to participate in the conversation and tell their stories, and Roman - our discussion leader - will include some lessons from his personal experiences and offer advice.

About - @runwayproject
Have you been laid off, or otherwise affected by the recession? This can be a great time to reevaluate what you want to do with yourself and get back on your feet better than ever. The Runway Project is a program which features regular events geared toward helping you figure out your next steps. And it's completely community-driven-- all the speakers and educators are members of a thriving community of independent workers in NYC.

About New Work City - @nwc
This event will be hosted by New Work City, a community coworking space in Manhattan. New Work City is a gathering spot for a community of like-minded individuals who need somewhere to work that’s both creative and social, and professional and conducive to working. Members use the workspace when they need it, and pay based on usage. That means you could just show up for a day and get to work!

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  • Artiatesia

    very informative

    June 12, 2009

  • Peter C.

    Access to an archive of Roman's excellent discussion can be found here:

    June 12, 2009

  • Lis H.

    Very Informative. I really enjoyed the informal atmosphere and that everyone shared their own experiences and ideas.

    June 12, 2009

  • Steve C.

    Good presentation. Good information. Addressed a lot of questions

    June 11, 2009

  • Kevin G.

    Cleared up a lot of questions about the topic. Also interesting to hear the different things people are doing. I expected everybody to be a "web developer". Only 70% or so were web developers!

    June 11, 2009

  • Chris P.

    Very knowledgeable help for the independent workforce. Thanks for your time, guys!

    June 11, 2009

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