IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship Staff Up!




Hiring for Start Ups

Saturday, May 14, 2011
9:30am to 3:30pm
University of Chicago Law School
1111 East 60th Street, Room V

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Join us for a free daylong conference for entrepreneurs looking to hire.  Learn basic elements of hiring strategy and employment law, and how to balance those on a tight budget.  You'll walk away with specific steps you can take to ensure a successful experience as a first time employer.

Free parking is available and breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Thanks to Edwardo's, Cedars, and Pop Chips for their generous donations!


9:30-10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00-10:30 Are You Ready to Hire?
10:30-11:15 Panel of Small Business Owners
11:15-11:25 Break
11:25-12:30 Employees vs. Independent Contractors
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:45 Legal Breakout sessions
1:50-2:20 Business Breakout sessions
2:20-2:30 Break
2:30-3:15 Health Care 101 for Small Business
3:15-3:30 Closing remarks

Session Details

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Are You Ready to Hire?

Session 1


You've managed to grow your business in the toughest of times, and now you feel you may be ready to take the next step--hiring outside help.  What are the costs and benefits of hiring?  What will your financial, legal, and managerial obligations be, and how can you satisfy those on a shoestring budget?

Presenter: Adam Robinson, founder of Hireology

Panel of Small Business Owners

Panel Discussion


Hiring can do more than grow your business.  You’re also providing valuable job opportunities to members of your community.  Hear from current and former IJ Clinic clients about their experiences hiring, and the transformative power that it had on them, their businesses, and their communities.

Featuring Shawn Smith of Shawnimals, Megan Marshall of Lango of the South Side, Tiffany Williams of Just Us Lawn Care, and Jennifer Goodman of Kingdom Heritage

Employees vs. Independent Contractors

Session 2


You’ve decided you want to hire, but you’re not sure what kind of workers will be best for your business.  In this workshop, the IJ Clinic’s able team of law students will walk you through the definitions and obligations, as well as the pros and cons, of both employees and independent contractors to help you understand the best solution for your business.

Presenters: Katherine Smith, Shawn Liu, and Louisa Zhou of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship

Legal Breakout Sessions

Session 3



Choose one of three options for this small-group session on more specialized topics:

*Drafting an Employee Handbook- Presented by Aaron Berlin and Julia Forbess of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship

*Non-compete Agreements and NDAs- Presented by Gabriel Mathless and Sam Delay of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship

*Interview Law- Presented by Jonny Spendlove and Caitlin Courtney of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship

Business Breakout Sessions

Session 4



Choose one of three options for this small-group session on more specialized topics:

*Screening Personalities in Interviews- Presented by Erich Kurschat, Behavior Coach, Harmony Insights

Health Care 101 for Small Business

Session 5


Health care can be a daunting topic for small business owners.  This session will address your questions about whether you need to provide health benefits for your employees, how you can manage your health care expenses affordably, and how regulations will change under health care reform.

Presenter: John Garven, Founder and President of Benico Ltd.


For questions, email clinic@ij.org.

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