Re: [npEnterprise Forum] Legal guidance in creating small businesses as incubators
Martindale Hubble is the leading directory of lawyers in the U.S., and you
can search online for lawyers by specialty and location at their web site
http://www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/home.xml. I suggest searching for
lawyers whose specialty is "business law" and searching by county rather
than state, at least at first. Martindale "rated" lawyers are ones who have
established reputations and bona fide expertise in their fields, so you may
want to use that as a search criteria, too.
Your local bar association probably has a lawyer referral service, too,
although those are often less reliable; you can end up with whoever is next
on the list.
Your project sounds impressive and compelling. I hope you find the help you
need. If I can be of additional help, just send me a private email.
Power of Attorney, Inc.
330 Seventh Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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> From: "Brett KenCairn" <bkencairn@...>
> Reply-To: npEnterprise@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 15:41:49 -0600
> To: <npEnterprise@yahoogroups.com>
> Subject: [npEnterprise Forum] Legal guidance in creating small businesses as
> Dear Colleagues
> This is my first post to the network after tagging along for nearly a year.
> I would appreciate any feedback you folks have on our situation.
> We are working with Native communities in New Mexico and Arizona, primarily
> Navajo, Zuni, and Jemez Pueblo--to support the development of
> community-based forestry and forest products enterprises. Some of these
> communities have very little existing infrastructure, experience, or
> capacity. Launching enterprises in these settings requires building most of
> this capacity from the ground up.
> Recognizing from the bruises of previous experience that trying to push
> folks into the entrepreneurial role too soon is frequently a receipe for
> disaster, we are trying to create a for-profit entity that can be both
> incubator and eventually vehicle for locally owned enterprise.
> Part of our objectives include utilizing tribal groups with higher capacity
> and experience as mentors for emerging groups. Another set of objectives,
> related to the first, is to create economies of scale in both production and
> marketing that enable these very small enterprises to successfully compete
> and perform in the contracts and markets available to them.
> We are trying to identify corporate structures that would be flexible and
> effective to facilitate this sort of capacity building/business conducting
> setting in which we are trying to facilitate multiple parties/tribes. Some
> of the specific objectives we are attempting to accomplish within this
> structure include:
> * Mentoring/peer training between groups
> * Joint equipment purchasing and sharing
> * Joint marketing and production
> Knowing that there is no formula for this that covers all these
> contingencies, we're looking for someone(s) who have the sort of
> legal/business experience to guide us in finding a legal structure that will
> be able to encompass this set of goals and objectives.
> Brett KenCairn
> Indigenous Community Enteprises