FREE Workshop on 5/4/16, Starting and Running a Home Based Small Business

Are you a small business owner, or interested in starting a home based small business, but not sure where to begin?  Do you have questions about your existing small business?  Join The Law Project, Women’s Business Development Center and the Knapp Entrepreneurship Center for a “free” 2 hour workshop on Corporate Structures and Zoning Considerations for Your Home Based Small Business.  Register here.

Legal Structures for Social Enterprises – May 11

TLP offering a free Legal Structures for Social Enterprises Workshop/Webinar on May 11th, 12noon-1:30pm 

When creating a new social enterprise, one of the most critical decisions is choosing its legal structure.  Where you obtain capital/funding, whether you will be able to control the strategic direction of the organization, the type of tax treatment your social enterprise will receive, and protection against liabilities of the business are all important considerations when determining the best legal structure for a social enterprise.  This workshop introduces common legal structures for social enterprises, including both for-profit and non-profit arrangements, to help you determine the legal entity that best suits your needs. This seminar is designed for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit board members, nonprofit executive directors, and program managers. The workshop is free to participants and generously sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis. Two formats are offered (in person and webinar). Registration is now closed!


Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training – 6/2/16, 6/9/16 and 6/16/16

Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training Bootcamp for nonprofit startups offered on 6/2/16, 6/9/16 and 6/16/16 TLP is seeking nonprofit founders who are interested in or are in the process of forming a new nonprofit organization for its new Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training program. Program participants will earn a “Certificate of Training” after completing a […]


**NEW** Employer Hotline with Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    If you manage any employees at a small business or a nonprofit, employment law questions are inevitable. What kind of benefits should you offer? How do you hire an independent contractor? What about unemployment insurance? Instead of spending your valuable time searching the internet and asking your friends for the answers, you can […]


TLP’s Nonprofit Compliance Institute (NCI) will take place in March 2016

TLP’s Nonprofit Compliance Institute (NCI) will take place in March 2016. NCI is designed to inform staff and board members at existing 501c3 organizations about everyday activities that may risk the organization’s tax exemption. In 5 late afternoon webinars learn about board director and officer responsibilities, lobbying and political activity restrictions, the problems with creating […]


Video: How to Get Legal Services for your Small Business

Looking for legal services for your small business but don’t know where to begin? Staff Attorney Angie Hall explains how to get legal services for your small business from The Law Project: VIDEO: How to Get Legal Services for Your Small Business


*Hot off the Press!** A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations: Bankruptcy Issues

  The Law Project recently published its Bankruptcy Guide for Illinois nonprofits. The guide helps board members and executive directors understand what is needed to prepare for bankruptcy and explains key bankruptcy concepts. For a full color copy of the guide, CLICK HERE or on the image to the left. The Law Project extends its deep appreciation […]


Every Little Bit Counts: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits

What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a means of generating capital over the Internet, in which individuals pool their money for a common project or business venture. It became popular after President Obama signed the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act into law. After its enactment, social media could be used as a capital-raising tool. […]


CHIdeas: Digital Engagement with the City of Chicago

Did you attend a City of Chicago Small Business Expo with us this year and have some ideas for improvement? Or do you have ideas for improvement in the City of Chicago generally? Share them on! is an online platform where government and citizens work together to address civic challenges. Visit the site to […]


The Role of Effective Board Committees in Nonprofit Governance: 11/24/2014

Come to the Chicago offices of DLA Piper on November 24, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to learn how to best utilize board committees in your nonprofit. This webinar, presented by the New York office of DLA Piper, attracts viewers nation-wide. DLA will project the webinar on a large screen and provide lunch. […]


Estate Planning Workshop: 12/1/2014

Do you need will? What’s a living trust? What about life insurance?! Come out to an Estate Planning workshop on December 1, 2014, from 12-2pm to hear Tom Wendt, Legal Director of The Center for Elder and Disability Law, answer these questions and more. Space is limited, so please contact or call (773) 995-3839 […]


Nonprofit Executive Compensation and Excess Benefit Transactions – Legal Alert

Prominent nonprofits have recently come under attack and have even garnered Congressional scrutiny for the alleged over compensation of their executive directors and top management personnel. While a strong leadership team can be vital to an organization’s success, and providing adequate compensation may be required to attract top talent, nonprofit boards should be careful when […]

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