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September 15th, 2021 – Legal Structure and Contract Negotiation for Small Businesses Webinar

Selecting the right legal structure for your business is one of the first and most important decisions entrepreneurs must make. The legal entity an entrepreneur selects will impact many critical aspects of the business such as its ability to raise capital, how the company will be managed, its tax treatment, and liability protection for its managers. 

This webinar will cover forming and changing a legal entity and the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures, including when it makes sense to incorporate a business as a sole proprietor. The webinar will also cover the meaning and purpose of many commonly used contract terms to help entrepreneurs better understand how written terms affect legal rights and contract negotiations.

September 22nd, 2021 – Fiscal Sponsorship Webinar for Nonprofits

What are the benefits of fiscal sponsorship? And what are the risks with fiscal sponsorship? Attend this session to learn what fiscal sponsorship is and why coalitions and collaborations can benefit from them. Attorneys with Chapman & Cutler will describe the IRS requirements of fiscal sponsors, how those requirements frame the relationship with the sponsored agency, and the components that can be included in a fiscal sponsor agreement, including control and decision-making, insurance, employees and compensation, and financial reporting. Finally, gain insight into practical considerations for establishing a healthy relationship with a fiscal sponsor, and when it is time to incorporate and apply for income tax exemption. 

If you are interested in learning more about the collaboration aspects of fiscal sponsorships and back office services generally, check out Mission Sustainability Initiative at Forefront’s webinar on September 30th.

This is the second webinar in our training series, Advocacy By The Book, geared towards local grassroots organizations navigating thorny legal questions. Our first webinar, Legal and Compliance Issues for Grassroots Groups that Engage in Organizing or Policy Advocacy, was held on July 28 and you can view the recording here. As mentioned in the webinar, the Chicago Lobbying Ordinance is currently delayed indefinitely, and you can click here to read our Lobbying Registration FAQs. 

October 22 & 29, 2021 – Breakin’ It Down Conference

2021 Breakin’ It Down Conference
October 22 & 29, 2021

About the Conference:
The 2021 Breakin’ It Down Conference will be held virtually.  This year, we take up the question of going beyond “back to normal.” Join us in exploring the theme “Resilience and Re-Imagining Tomorrow.” Together with nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising industry and community leaders, we will examine how we can use this moment to re-imagine current practices and build resilience with intention.

Who Should Attend?
The Breakin’ It Down Conference is designed for diverse seasoned and emerging nonprofit, philanthropy, and fundraising professionals serving under-represented communities in the Chicago area. The conference is also of interest to community activists and students.

BID Conference Scholarship Available.