LECTURE: A Social Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Formation

A Social Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Formation

Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Classroom | Washington, DC


Learn the basics of forming and running a new business or nonprofit.

Today’s most pressing social needs require the assistance of all types of businesses and nonprofits, not just charitable organizations. In this program, we will examine the range of options available to individuals with innovative solutions to today’s major social issues, from Benefit Corporations and L3Cs, to 501(c)(3) organizations and for-profit corporations and LLCs. You will learn the basics of forming and running a new business or nonprofit, and choosing the type of entity that is the best match for your idea.

Audience: This session is geared to those who are interested in starting a new business or nonprofit that addresses a social need.

About the speakers:

Heather Batzel, Batzel Law PLLC:

Heather Batzel

After a decade of corporate legal practice in Washington, DC, Heather Batzel opened Batzel Law PLLC in 2013. Heather’s goal in opening the doors of her own firm was to provide entrepreneurs with top corporate representation and general counsel at affordable rates.

Heather has worked with organizations at all developmental stages and of all sizes, with posts at the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Andrews Kurth LLP and as General Counsel to a start-up company, and now focuses on providing entrepreneurs with legal counsel during the full life cycle of their companies.

As a seasoned corporate attorney, she has a broad perspective and down-to-earth understanding of day-to-day business needs, with a strong command of contracts, transactions and negotiation.

Benjamin Takis, Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC:

Ben Takis

Benjamin Takis is the founding attorney of Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC, a law firm specializing in tax, corporate governance, and employment issues for non-profits. Since beginning his practice in 2006, Ben has devoted his career to representing non-profit organizations and tax-exempt entities.

Prior to starting his own firm, Ben worked as an associate at the premier Washington, DC labor firm Bredhoff & Kaiser and the leading employee benefits boutique Groom Law Group. Throughout his career, Ben has represented some of the largest pension funds, welfare trusts and labor organizations in the country, along with public charities, lobbying groups, trade associations, and other nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes.

Ben earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006, where he graduated magna cum laude, with a concentration in taxation. Prior to law school, Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in 2001, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Space is limited. Register online with the form below, in person, or by calling 202-331-1400. Registrants requiring disability-related services are asked to contact the Foundation Center at least two weeks in advance.

Please arrive on time or your seat may be given away to others who are waiting to attend. If you need further information, please call 202-331-1400.


1627 K Street NW, Third Floor

Washington, DC 20006-1708


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