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- TechStars Starting A Business Toolkit
- Business Model Canvas
- Value Propisition Design Canvas
- Equity Calculation Simulator
- Researching Traffic statistics on Websites
- Getting web development Proposals
- Generating Name Ideas
- Protecting Your Ideas
- Choosing corporate structures
- Survey Design
- Graphic Design Crowd Sourcing
- Step by Step Business Plan
- Overview of Insurance Information
- Business Plan Samples, Writing a business plan
- Business Owners Toolkit
- Business Plan Center with a library of Real Business plans
- SBA Business Plan Guide
- Market Segmentation by Zip Code
- Online Workshop
- Census Bureau
- USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office
- WSJ Business Plan Guide
- European Patent Office
- Writing a Business Plan
- Sample Plans from Bplans.com
- Business plan software and guide
- Inc. Magazine Business Plan Guide
Basic information regarding U.S. patents. This guide is a brief introduction to the law and considerations surrounding the decision to file a U.S. patent. It may not address your particular situation. We urge any inventor, or employer of an inventor, making such a decision to consult with a patent attorney for specific advice.
- Small business plan resources
- Useful business templates
- Business Strategy guide
- Business Strategy
- Overview of Insurance Courtesy of Willis
- Crowdfunding Powerpoint Courtesy of Dorsey and Whitney, Missoula
The following Crowdfunding PowerPoint discusses Federal Crowdfunding as well as Montana Crowdfunding. In addition, it contains information related to Potential Business Implications of Crowdfunding and alternatives to Crowdfunding.
Some materials that may help startup businesses think about LLC entity formation.
A checklist to reference for starting LLC's of different types and to keep you on track.
For tech or growth companies planning to follow the traditional path of regular and ongoing equity grants to employees, multiple rounds of financing, and reinvestment of as much capital into the business as possible, with the goal of an ultimate sale to a big, maybe public, company in exchange for cash and/or stock, LLCs are typically not the way to go. There are a number of reasons.
The following are documents generated by Founder’s Workbench for a plain vanilla multi-member LLC that also includes vesting and contribution of IP from at least one member. Feel free to downlaod and use these as guidelines.
*Please note that there are lots of situation-specific legal issues to think about when forming a business and when choosing and forming a business entity. The Founder’s Workbench forms are generally tailored to companies that intend to bring on outside investors in order to facilitate rapid growth. This is not the case with many/most Montana startups. But these forms can be a good starting point for discussion.
- Answers By Questionnaire
- Attorney Selection
- Attorney Question and Answers
- Blank 83 Election
- Certificate of Formation
- Confidentiality and IP Assignment Agreement
- Contribution and Assignment Agreement
- Founders Restricted Unit Agreement
- Instruction Sheet Following Document Generation
- Limited Liability Company Agreement
- Subscription Letter
- Patent Search
- The Global Legal Information Network
- Protect Your Intellectual Property