Thursday October 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM CDT
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320 N. Damen Avenue
First floor
Chicago, IL 60612

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Natalie Shmulik 

Food Business Legal Basics

A proper legal framework and smart decision-making in legal situations are foundations for food business success. In this introductory seminar, designed specifically for The Hatchery, you will learn the basics of selecting an entity for a food business, the meaning of various legal terms and their application in food businesses, and protection of intellectual property and the role of non-disclosure and non-competition agreements. Each attendee will be entitled to receive a free business formation review and analysis (including review of operating or shareholder agreements) from an Illinois licensed attorney. 


About the Speakers:

Elaine Vorberg. Partner

Elaine’s passion and commitment to growing food businesses started at an early age, behind the counter at her family’s candy and ice cream store on the South Side of Chicago.  She brings her clients over 20 years’ experience in representing businesses — from start-up to buyout — advising them on business structure, helping them navigate day-to-day legal issues, minimizing disruptions to their business, negotiating major contracts and representing them in court.

Maria Bazakos, Associate 

 Since 2014, Maria Bazakos has focused her legal practice on all aspects of running a small to mid-size business. From the first steps of forming an entity all the way to seeing through the sale of a business, Maria is a devoted advisor to her clients. Maria hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she helped her mother develop her own small food product business.  A self-proclaimed “foodie”, Maria loves perusing grocery store aisles for new food products and experimenting in the kitchen

This seminar is produced by The Hatchery, a collaboration between ICNC and Accion Chicago to bring education, capital, and support to the Chicagoland food entrepreneur community. Food entrepreneurship programming is funded in part by: