CANCELED Entrepreneurs: Critical Considerations

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February 8, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Wouldn’t it be helpful to know the types of hurdles, challenges and critical considerations which are likely to emerge as you’re building your business?  

This workshop is intended to help entrepreneurs pad their own toolboxes in advance of encountering issues they’ll wish someone had warned them about.

Thursday, February 8 – at UEL — 1000 Westgate Drive St Paul 55114
2nd Floor Conference Room (courtesy of MN Lions Eye Bank)
7:30 – 11 a.m. 
$55 per person — FREE for UEL Tenants


Topics include: 

  • Establishing a board of advisers
  • Equity considerations
  • Taxes
  • Branding
  • Aligning IP decisions with your business plan
  • Agreements

Who Should Attend?

Managers tasked with adding value
Entrepreneurs considering starting a company
Committed employees 

7:30 a.m.    Registration & Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.    Program
10:30 a.m.  Final Q&A


Kevin Besikof 
Kevin specializes in serving entrepreneurs, innovators, athletes and high-net-worth individuals.
His passion is helping clients achieve business and personal success from start-up to succession and believes a team based approach is key to his clients’ success. Kevin is focused on supporting his clients and enjoys guiding them toward making the right decisions for their businesses.
Kevin began his career at a Big 4 accounting firm and later served as the CFO of a manufacturing company. He joined Lurie in 2003 and became Partner in 2009.  
Tax planning, compliance and profitability consulting for a number of growing advertising agencies 
Tax planning and compliance, consulting, and accounting outsourcing (YourBooks™) for family offices and professional athletes
Developed and implemented a Phantom Stock Plan for a manufacturing company
Valuations of minority interests in manufacturing, service, real estate and high tech companies for estate tax returns and gift tax planning
Income tax, sales and use, withholding, and unemployment audit representation 

Michael Lasky

Michael Lasky, the author of The Good Brand – How Companies
Create Valuable Brands, is a combined brand expert and brand attorney at Stoel Rives and Altera Law.  

His lectures on brand building have been seen in many venues internationally and Brand Boot Camp is recognized as a highly entertaining and energizing program to get your company’s brand on the path to being valuable.  

Michael also has extensive experience in copyright law, IP licensing, advertising and trademark law creation and clearance.

Jim Patterson

Jim Patterson is a founding partner of Patterson Thuente IP. In his 30-plus years of experience, Jim’s practice has encompassed all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, licensing, dispute mediation, and litigation. A recognized leader in the legal community, Jim provides companies with senior-level strategic counsel, ensuring that their patent dollars are spent wisely. His work for clients, both domestic and international includes:

  • IP Portfolio management
  • Competitive analysis
  • Offensive and defensive strategy development
  • Freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions
  • Clearance searches
  • Enforcement strategy and analysis
  • Clearance searches
  • Enforcement strategy and analysis
  • Global market-protection strategies
  • Inventor issue resolution

Jim imposes a client-first philosophy, emphasizing quality work, responsiveness and teamwork. 


February 8, 2018
7:30 am - 11:00 am
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