The New Trusts: Democratic Ownership Beyond the ESOP

This webinar on emerging explorations on trust structures—their promise and their problems features Nathan Schneider (University of Colorado Boulder), Christopher Michael (Christopher Michael P.C.), Camille Kerr (Upside Down Consulting), Derek Razo (Purpose Ventures), Sara Stephens (Sustainable Economies Law Center), and our very own Jason Wiener (Jason Wiener | p.c.). A new generation of lawyers, investors, …

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The Race to the Top

It’s an exciting time for shared ownership. Today in Colorado, Governor Polis signed an executive order creating the Commission on Employee Ownership. Our team is obviously thrilled about what this could mean for shared ownership and unlocking its power to address economic inequality and stagnant wages. In recognition of the moves being made in Colorado, …

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Private Placement Exemptions: The Basics

Looking to raise capital? Developing a compliance strategy with federal and state securities laws is a complex and important part of raising money. A quick intro for those of you unfamiliar with securities laws – under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Act”) any offering of securities is subject to registration requirements and anti-fraud provisions.  …

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Business Plan Outline

Overview/Executive Summary: can be one paragraph or more extensive as needed. Description of the Business: purpose, goals, objectives. Products/Services: What will the business be providing to its members and/or to the public? Consider whether this is different in the short term versus the long term. The Market: Who are the potential customers, including, demographics (type …

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Do I need a business plan?

Here at Jason Wiener PC, we get asked all the time about the process for starting a new business or converting to a different form of business.  One of the first questions we ask any client is “Do you have a business plan?” I would estimate that six or seven times out of 10, the …

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2018 Public Benefit Report

It’s a wonderful thing to step back and reflect on the previous year.  Take a pause from our busy lives and ask “how’d we do?”  That’s exactly what we did recently as we compiled our 2018 Public Benefit Report.   This report is a requirement of being a “public benefit corporation,” like we are.  Writing the …

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Colorado’s Digital Token Act Solidifies its Commitment to Innovative Business

Cryptocurrency, blockchain, tokens, consensus mechanisms, hashes, digital signatures, decentralized marketplaces – there is a whole new taxonomy being developed to govern emerging digital marketplaces and Colorado has decided that its regulatory framework needs an upgrade to match. The newly passed Colorado Digital Token Act, which Governor Polis is expected to sign, aims to clarify the …

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Contract Drafting: More Art than Science

I’ve been practicing law for more than 13-years.  By some measurements, I’m still in the adolescent phase of my career.  Nevertheless, in that time, I have reviewed and drafted thousands of contracts, ranging from the commonplace – NDAs, LOIs, Purchase and Sale Agreements, Consulting Services Agreements, Contractor Agreements – to the more complex – cooperative …

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