Local Attorney Speaks to Young Entrepreneurs about Legal Issues for Small Businesses
Students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in Lubbock were introduced to Jerry Kolander from McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, LLP, who spoke to the class about what legal issues to consider when starting a small business on Tues, Jan. 10, during the last class session. Students listened as he explored the legal implications on everything from business names to structure and even operations. The goal of the visit was to discuss the legal concerns an entrepreneur should address before starting a business.
As part of YEA!, students are introduced to all facets of the business world such as advertising, insurance, graphic design and web development. Over the course of this year’s YEA! program, 17 students will launch 13 businesses.
Also, during the last class session, the students were paired with their mentors. There are 16 local business leaders mentoring and guiding the students through their business plans.
As a non-profit organization, YEA! relies on the generosity of the community and of sponsors; people who identify with entrepreneurship and want to help pave the way for the future business leaders of tomorrow. “YEA! strengthens the community, and the community strengthens YEA!,” said Gayle Jagel, Founder and CEO of YEA!. “Our program managers and instructors seek out people in every facet of the business community in order to help facilitate the creation of our students’ dreams into a reality.”
During the course of the 30 week program, more than 50 local businesses become involved with YEA! at various levels. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value.