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Free SBDC workshop to cover basics of business law

By Victoria Advocate
July 19, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.

Hal Brown, executive vice president of SCORE,  a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground

Small-business leaders in the Crossroads can receive two hours of business law training during a workshop Thursday at the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center.

"Business Law Basics" will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the SBDC office, 3402 N. Ben Wilson St. The workshop is free and open to area business owners, managers, staff and board members.

Hal Brown, executive vice president of SCORE, will lead the workshop. A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground.

Brown is the co-founder, executive director and chief financial officer of Universal Nursing Services, a San Antonio home health care company. The company employs about 50 health care professionals and provides home health services to about 350 clients annually.

"As a successful small business owner and in his role as a business mentor, Mr. Brown has gained a great deal of knowledge and insight into business law," SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. "This will be a worthwhile workshop that will address some of the most frequent concerns and questions of smal-business owners."

Topics covered during the workshop will include intellectual property, employee issues and real estate issues. Brown also will discuss different types of legal entities for businesses, such as corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

"Business law can sometimes be a frustrating hurdle for small business owners who don't have legal training or background," said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. "This workshop will cover a lot of ground, from estate planning and asset accumulation to contracts and leases."

The workshop was arranged by Annie Hudspeth, a lender relations specialist with the San Antonio Small Business Administration District Office and a frequent presenter at SBDC workshops.

The UHV SBDC offers assistance on starting, growing and financing a business; contracting opportunities; and recovering from disaster. Most of its services are free to area small business owners in Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties. It is part of a nationwide small-business assistance program serving the small business community and federal, state and local governments.

To register for the workshop, call 361-485-4485 or 877-895-7232 or email sbdc@uhv.edu.

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