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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hosts "Mini Law School for Small Business" Series

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship kicked off its “Mini Law School for Small Business” series on October 2. The event featured Michelle Feinstein, Esq. of Schatz, Schwards, and Fentin, along with Eric Gouvin, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Their lecture, titled "Legal Aspects of Risk Management and Choice of Legal Entity," was part of a series designed to share information on basic business law on a monthly basis.


The series was created to help small business owners to become better informed of the legal issues that can arise as an entrepreneur. “Small business owners naturally tend to focus on running their businesses and do not always have time to think about legal issues,” said Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eric Gouvin. ‘We’ve designed this series to give business owners the ‘heads up’ about legal problems that businesses tend to trip over. The goal is not to turn the business owners into legal experts but rather to help them avoid making common mistakes and to know when to bring in a lawyer.”

The next session is scheduled for October 23 and will feature Paul Mancinone of Paul L. Mancinone Company, P.C. and Michael Matusczak of the Internal Revenue Service. Mancinone and Matusczak will discuss "Current Tax Issues Facing Small Businesses and How to Handle and Audit." This event will take place at the Blake Law Center from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m and is free and open to the public.

Future topics will include Employment Law Basics; Contracts, Sales, Collections, and Dispute Resolution; Legal Issues in Finance; IP Basics; and Bankruptcy. For more information, visit

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