Grow Your Business with Foster Swift's SEED Group
The decisions an entrepreneur makes at the earliest stages of a business startup are critically important to the business's success. From entity formation to fundraising to intellectual property strategies, the legal foundation that is laid from the outset can accelerate growth and increase options down the road.
Out of our desire to efficiently provide the practical legal advice needed at early, start up stages, Foster Swift formed the Start Up Entrepreneurial Emerging Development (SEED) group. SEED is a group of attorneys with legal and business expertise in a wide variety of industries including technology, fashion, manufacturing and more. The attorneys that formed SEED have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs select the proper entity structure, raise financing, and navigate the other stages of the business life cycle. We begin by understanding our clients’ short and long-term business goals, and empower them to make smart, strategic decisions that further their objectives.
Although SEED is ready to embrace any challenge that you might bring our way, here is a list of services that we frequently provide:
- Entity Selection. The importance of selecting the correct entity structure is vital and will have an influence on taxes, potential personal liability, and the ability (ease) to raise outside funding. We offer flat-fee entity formation packages – from LLCs (both single and multiple member) to corporations. Our packages include initial consultations, entity formation documents, and a subsequent "checkup" meeting. Our flat-fee packages are unmatched in the combination of quality services offered and low fees.
- Financing (Private Placements). Entrepreneurs need money to grow. Many offer a stake in their company to raise needed funds. We have the business and legal experience to successfully guide our clients through the financing process. From compliance with securities laws to the structuring of an attractive offering, we have the experience to help our clients meet their needs in a cost-effective manner.
- Intellectual Property. Intellectual property (IP) is the life blood of many entrepreneurs and start-ups. We regularly assist our clients in obtaining and protecting patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, and copyrights. Click here for additional information on Foster Swift's IP services.
- Employee Incentives. Successful start-ups are driven by strong employees. Incentive compensation is often used as a means to attract and retain those key employees. Foster Swift's SEED group has attorneys with significant experience in structuring and implementing incentive programs – including incentive stock option plans (ISOs), phantom stock plans, LLC profits interest plans, and more.