AMBCC Legal Council


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The Legal Council is comprised of lawyers and judges representing various specializations in the field of law. The Council advises and assists the AMBCC with issues related to small business, contracts, mediation, procurement, civil, criminal, and others matters affecting AMBCC members and its targeted population.

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AMBCC Legal Council

  1. 1. Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce’s Legal Council
  2. 2. AMBCC Legal Council The Legal Council is comprised of lawyers and judges representing various specializations in the field of law. The Council advises and assists the AMBCC with issues related to small business, contracts, mediation, procurement, civil, criminal, and others matters affecting AMBCC members and its targeted population.
  3. 3. Stakeholders of Legal Practitioners The AMBCC Legal Counsel utilize attorneys representing various specializations and organizations. Their expertise Private cover a broad range of categories and practice types: Practice (7) Private Practice: Attorneys that work alone or with Legal Aid Judges partners in a firm to provide legal services to clients (individuals or corporations); some specialize in one or more practice areas while others engage in general practice. GATE CityTax Attorneys Bar Public Interest Law: Attorneys that work with AMBCC Association economically challenged populations, non-profits and Legal Counsel social causes; practitioners support the work of advocacy groups, legal aid clinics and other organizations with the goal of advancing an interest of Georgia Association of the public. Worker Black Women Compensation Attorneys Government Counsel: Attorney/Lobbyist sought for legal advice and representation; directly employed by the Gwinnett government and may work for ministries, government Lobbyist Minority Bar agencies and major corporations. Association Corporate Counsel: In-house attorneys/counsel that advises on legal matters related to business activities.
  4. 4. Legal Services PROJECTS
  5. 5. Power Start- Small Business Start UpProgram Legally in Business Your business/organization needs to meet all the laws for operating a business legally in your state, county, city and/or country. The AMBCC Legal Counsel helps ensure members are compliant in every state in which you do business. Start Up Check List 1. Choose & Register a Business Name 2. Decide on the Legal Form for the Business 3. Write a Business Plan 4. Set Up a Relationship with a Banker 5. Set Up Other Professional Relationships 6. Set Up a Relationship with an Attorney 7. Meet Legal Requirements for Operating a Business 8. Get Licenses and Permits 9. Set the Price for Your Product or Service 10. Determine the Financing You Will Need and How You Will Get It 11. Obtain Office Space, Equipment and Suppliers 12. Plan for Risk & Insurance 13. Set up Recordkeeping Systems 14. Set up a Financial Management System 15. Develop a Marketing Plan 16. Hire Employees 17. Develop a Day-to-Day Managerial Plan
  6. 6. Protecting Your Assets- Human Resources Legally Employed The AMBCC Legal Council of Human Resource attorneys help the human resource department of small businesses deal with personnel matters such as hiring, training, discipline, and firing. Some HR legal issues involve labor relations, privacy in the workplace, employee leave and benefits and discrimination. Each are often governed by federal and state statutes. Important Labor Acts Labor Management Relations Act Fair Labor Standards Act Family and Medical Leave Act Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Pregnancy Discrimination Act Americans with Disabilities Act Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  7. 7. Collaborative Power- Joint Venture Networks Take your business to new heights! The AMBCC Legal Counsel assists members in forming Joint Ventures (JV). Joint ventures are forged for different purposes. Small companies band together to take on the large corporations in their industry. Big companies form alliances with smaller companies. The parties involve agree to form a separate entity for the stated purpose of forming a said entity. It is determined between the parties the share of equity, expenses, and profits, and a determination is also made as to the control of said entity. The venture can be for one specific project only, or a continuing business relationship. Why Enter into a Joint Venture? •Develop new products •Expand into new markets •Improve productivity •Share expenses •Gain lead time •Improve your credibility •Share or gain expertise •Expand sales forces •Expand your distribution channel •Forge a strategic alliance
  8. 8. Protect Your Ideas-Licensing Agreements The AMBCC Legal Counsel assists members in protecting their Intellectual property. Intellectual property (IP) is intangible property that is created in someones mind. Categories include art, literary works, music, inventions, designs, processes and trademarks. A license allows an intellectual property rights holder (the licensor) to make money from an invention or creative work by charging a user (the licensee) for product use. Licenses protect proprietary rights in things such as software and other computer products, for example. Use a license to give someone permission to do a certain activity or to use your property. Types of Property Rights Be familiar with the different types of property rights before you create a licensing agreement. Its also key to know the scope of your rights, such as exclusive property rights. While the law often changes in this area, the best protection is to register for any or all rights that apply to your situation: •Copyrights - original works of authorship fixed in any tangible expression form •Patents – inventions •Trademarks - words, names or symbols identifying goods made or sold, distinguishing them from others Source
  9. 9. Corporate Partnerships- Franchise Agreements Duplicate your Success Once our members have established a successful business, expanding operations is the next logical step. We strongly encourage our members to consider franchising their operation. The AMBCC Legal Council assists members with the licensing and franchise their business model. Franchising allows you to grow your business quickly, as several units can be opened simultaneously. When you franchise your business you, the franchisor, sell the rights to open a new location to another entrepreneur, the franchisee. The franchisee agrees to follow your business model and pay you an initial fee as well as royalties on an ongoing basis, typically a percentage of gross sales.
  10. 10. Acquisitions- Commercial Investments It’s time to acquire a business In the small business realm, mergers and acquisitions have become a popular way for a business to gain entry into a new market. Rather than go through the trouble of creating and financing a new business, its sometimes better to buy an existing one. The terms "mergers" and "acquisitions" are usually used interchangeably to describe how one business takes over or buys out another, they arent the same things. If youre thinking of taking over an existing enterprise, you need to know some of the business basics of mergers and acquisitions. The AMBCC Legal Council’s experienced business law attorneys help members navigate through complex matters, federal requirements ,particularly of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  11. 11. Practitioners Areas of Specialization (15) The law impacts our lives in numerous ways. The AMBCC is seeking legal professionals who provide services in the various fields and specializations listed below.Administrative: public lawyers to deal with the relationships Immigration: mitigates federal laws that control the entry of non-citizens into thebetween individuals and the government; regulates the power of country; assist clients in applying for entry, residing in the country and becominggovernmental administrative agencies and ensures fair citizens.implementation and administration of laws. Intellectual Property: deals with the intellectual property (IP) ownership rights toCivil Litigation: civil attorneys to deal with lawsuit resulting from certain kinds of creative endeavors; protects member ideas/concepts througha dispute between private parties (individuals or corporations); civil copyrights, patents, trademarks and industrial design registrations.litigation concerns with matters such as breach of contract, debtcollection, malpractice and personal injury. International: governs the interactions and relationships between nations; negotiate with national governments and international organizations, or work in the private sectorConstitutional: public attorneys to dealing with federal focusing on the interpretation of treaties and related laws.government matters and the division of powers between the federaland provincial governments; handle issues such as equality rights, Labor and Employment: defines the rights and obligations of employers, workersfreedom of expression, security and democratic governance. and union members; advise management, labor or government on issues such as employment standards, workplace health and safety, and industrial relations.Corporate and Commercial: deals with the formation andmaintenance of businesses; corporate and commercial contracts, Real Estate: deals with the purchase, sale, financing and development of land andliability, mergers, structured financings and other business matters. buildings; assist developers, tenants, investors, banks or corporations on matters relating to residential or commercial real estate.Criminal: mitigate crimes against the public and members of thepublic and civil litigation dealing with private disputes. Securities: regulates the purchase and sale of securities (financial instruments such as stocks and bonds); securities lawyers typically work in law firms providing servicesEnvironmental: mitigate legislation and regulations relating to the to corporations and financial institutions or for governmental commissions focusing oninteraction of humans with the environment; deal with matters such regulatory air pollution, wilderness preservation and waste disposal. Tax: deals with the taxes levied by different levels of government; tax lawyers mayFamily: mitigate relationships between family members; including advise corporations on tax strategies and implications of business transactions, ormarriage contracts, divorce, child custody, adoption, wills and estate counsel individuals on matters such as legal wills and estate planning.planning. Other Areas: in addition to the practice areas list above, there are many other fields of specialization offer by our legal profession (antitrust, entertainment, health, municipal, sports, etc.).
  12. 12. 90 Day Planner-Activities JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Day 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter/Theme 9:30am Legal Briefing Legal Briefing Legal Briefing Legal Briefing with… with… with… with AM Accelerated Growth Legally Starting Up Taxation with Strategies through Protecting Your Assets Activity11:30am (Non & For Profits) Representation Joints Ventures and Acquisitions Accelerated Growth Taxation with Strategies through 1:30am Legally Starting Up Protecting Your Assets Representation Activity Activity Joints Ventures and Acquisitions PM Open Open Open Open 6:30am
  13. 13. ChairpersonAtlanta Metropolitan BlackChamber of CommerceAMBCC Legal Council PROJECTS(770) 374-6226legal@ambcc.orgJoin us on Facebook