Corporate Infrastructure/Business Combinations and Strategic Alliances
Choosing the correct business form from the variety of corporate and partnership entities available is an important step in creating a strong foundation for your business. Whether you are starting a new business or modifying your existing structure due to growth or other change, BauerGriffith can provide counsel regarding options, complete the required paperwork and filings, update your corporate records and establish an ongoing compliance matrix. Given that the current economic environment is putting stress to consolidate and reorganize, BauerGriffith’s experience can help clients take a proactive approach to identifying and capitalizing on strategic business alliances, such as joint ventures, partnerships and other business combinations.
A thoughtful business plan provides many key success indicators for your business, including a focused definition of your products or services, reminding you to invest your energy and assets with the greatest potential for return; identification of your most profitable client groups with a marketing strategy focused on reaching this target audience; a sales tool to help you develop your marketing pitch for new clients or customers; and perhaps most importantly, access to both private and bank financing. BauerGriffith can assist in creating an appropriate business plan for your business.
Your business is built on the relationships you create with your employees, clients, vendors and other service providers. BauerGriffith can help you document these relationships through appropriate contracts and agreements that protect your interests and simply and accurately reflect your business goals and objectives. To simplify your business, we can also create form documents to meet your needs.
Small and emerging businesses meet their financing needs through a variety of mechanisms, including private and bank financing, structured debt obligations, and equipment lease finance. BauerGriffith can help you ascertain the appropriate financing structure for your business, negotiate with current or potential lenders, both bank and private funding, and can assist with succession planning and development of an advisory board.
Ethics and Corporate Compliance
Best practices for all sizes of business require policies and planning around ethics, conflicts of interest, whistle-blowing and other compliance issues. BauerGriffith can provide policies and procedures that are “right-sized” and responsive to your business to create a practical, proactive framework to deal with such issues effectively.
BauerGriffith can help you address your real estate concerns before they become problems. Real estate expenses often comprise one of the largest line items in a small business’s budget. We can negotiate lease, purchase or sale terms for real property, and provide counsel on alternative property choices that can generate significant cost savings. Our industry relationships give us direct access to current market conditions and availability, and the tools to help you buy, sell or lease your business or personal properties.
Employment Law Issues
We provide legal consultation on all HR matters, and counsel our clients to take a proactive approach to their human resource function. We train staff and upper management on various employment topics, such as FMLA, workplace harassment, performance evaluations, calibration, diversity, collective bargaining agreements, terms, precedent and negotiations, and more. We are available to draft, standardize or update your HR manual, employer policies and procedures, and even help in the hiring and firing processes. We provide legal updates on employment laws, respond to EEOC charges, ULPs, and draft employer position statements. We conduct internal investigations, and plan management and staff retreats.