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Small Business with Big Ideas: Understanding Intellectual Property

Even if you are operating a small business, you have big ideas that are valuable to your business and set you apart from your competition. It could be your secret recipe, your methods or even your name that adds value and sets you apart. This is your small business intellectual property. There are different methods of protecting that intellectual property as well as ensuring that your small business does not violate the intellectual property rights of another business or person.

This two hour workshop will consist of an overview of the different types of intellectual property typically created by small businesses and the various methods of protecting it. Participants will be given examples of real life scenarios. Participants will also be introduced to federal and state trademark registration processes. A question and answer session will follow.

About Erin R. Bonahoom

Erin Bonahoom is the founding member of Canvas Legal, PLC, a practice based in Detroit that is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services to established businesses, startups, and nonprofits in Southeast Michigan. Erin advises nonprofit organizations and businesses from across a wide range of industries on formation, governance, employment, general operations, commercial real estate, construction, and compliance issues. She spends most of her time working with business leaders on the challenges and opportunities they encounter, which she understands first hand as a business owner.

Erin is also a facilitator at the Build Institute in Detroit, where she gets to work with amazing entrepreneurs on how to start their own business, how to create a business plan and plan for the future. Erin was previously an attorney at one of Detroit’s largest corporate law firms for almost a decade where she represented and counseled national corporations, government entities, and small businesses.

Earlier Event: February 2
Office Hours: Finance & Accounting
Later Event: February 6
Startup Grind with David Tarver