Legal Basics for Small Business

Forming Your Company and Choosing Business Partners

*If you do not wish to complete the online registration you are welcome to attend and pay by cash or check in person!

This workshop and Q&A session will address common issues entrepreneurs face when starting a business. You will discuss questions such as:

  • When is it time to incorporate, rather than do business under my own name?
  • Should I form an LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, or a corporation?
  • If I do business in multiple states (or hope to later), should I incorporate in Maine or elsewhere?
  • How do my early decisions about company formation affect my ability to attract investors later?
  • Does my tech company really need to incorporate in Delaware, or is Maine ok?
  • How should business partners divide up duties and rights?
  • What should I know about choosing a partner or co-founder?
  • If I don’t have cash flow yet, is it okay to staff my business by using contractors/freelancers rather than employees?

This workshop and Q &A session will be presented by Zeke Callanan, Esq. of Opticliff Law.


This workshop will be held in the Marine Trade Center in the 2nd floor conference room. Three-hour visitor parking is available in the drive-up circle, as well as two-hour and thirty-minute parking in the lot located directly next to the building. Please do not park elsewhere on the pier as you risk being ticketed.

Our offices remain closed to the public, but we are hard at work!