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Poyner Spruill recently concluded a successful five-part Fall Business Series with dozens of executives and professional leaders benefiting from firm attorney insights.

The 2019 program focused on startups and small businesses with legal needs related to hiring best practices, benefit plans, considerations for potential mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and litigation. Starting in August, p.s. attorneys Kate Dewberry (labor and employment), Kelsey Mayo and Jesse St.Cyr (employee benefits), Dave Krosner and Mike Slipsky (M&A), Robin Pipkin and Charlie Davis (tax), and Nick Ellis (litigation) were involved in five different presentations focused on key issues.

“We wanted to provide useful guidance, best practices, and tips for navigating the legal ups and downs for small businesses,” said Slipsky, a partner and the leader in organizing the Fall Business Series. “Our attorneys did a wonderful job of providing meaningful information for organizations of varying maturity — from startups to established and growing companies. We look forward to continuing this program in the future with a focus on maintaining our commitment as a partner to our local business communities.”

The Fall Business Series sessions started in August and were held once a month, finishing up in December. Registrants could attend all or any combination of the presentations.

Dewberry led a discussion on best practices for hiring and how to find the right person for the job without violating the law. Mayo and St. Cyr looked at what small businesses and startups need to know about implementing and administrating compliant employee benefit plans.

For the third session, Slipsky and Krosner gave a detailed presentation on what needs to be considered when looking to buy or sell a business and the importance of due diligence in any potential M&A transaction. Pipkin and Davis analyzed tax obligations and the potential challenges for business owners or entrepreneurs.

Ellis finished up the series last week looking at how to prepare for and deal with unexpected litigation and claims.

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