The Grady Firm Joins the Roster for LA Innovation Week as Presenter on Startup Legal Issues & Solutions #LAIW2015

Los Angeles Innovation Week 2015 Launches With More Than 100 Events, Exhibiting LA’s Global Leadership in Innovation

LAIW#The Grady Firm, PC has been selected as a presenter at Los Angeles Innovation Week, a countywide celebration of the breadth of innovation and creativity within Los Angeles sponsored by LA Metro, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and the Los Angeles Times. From clean tech, to gaming, to aerospace, digital media, and beyond, Los Angeles is a leading global center for innovation and entrepreneurship rooted in boundless creativity and diversity.  Other hosts of Innovation Week events include Cross Campus, Microsoft, WeWork, Apple, ExpertDojo, and YouTube Space LA.

On Tuesday, October 20, Jennifer Grady will be addressing entrepreneurs with ways to protect their innovative small businesses thorough The Top 10 Tools Business Owners Need to Know From a Business and Employment Law Attorney.”  The presentation will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at The Grady Firm headquarters in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. Continue reading

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SEC Rules Everyday Citizens (Non-Accredited Investors) Can Now Participate in Equity Crowdfunding & Invest in Startups

by Jennifer Grady, Esq.

CrowfundingFinally, after three years the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ruled that investments in businesses with less than $50 million no longer require that an investor be an “accredited investor.”  This means that everyday citizens can now invest in Startups and small businesses as an investor on Crowdfunding platforms.  The long-awaited decision to democratize small business and Startup funding comes from Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, and will done initially through what are called Regulation A+ investment offerings. Continue reading

Looking for Path to a Green Card? Try the EB-5 Investor Visa

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.

For foreign investors wishing to obtain a visa to live, work, and attend university in the United States with in-state tuition rates, there are two options available through the E-2 and EB-5 investor visa programs.  The E-2 Visa requires less startup capital and is the fastest way to obtain a visa, although it is not a path to Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card).  The EB-5 Visa requires an initial investment of USD $500,000 to $1 million, and comes with Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card), and ultimately, US citizenship.  This article will discuss the EB-5 “million dollar visa” option.  What may be surprising is that an investor can be eligible for this visa with only a $500,000 investment in a rural or targeted employment area. Continue reading

The E-2 “Entrepreneur Investor” Visa Provides a Path for Small Business Owners to Live and Work in the US

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.

Dolla billFor foreign investors wishing to obtain a visa to live and work legally in the United States, there are two options available through the E-2 and EB-5 investor visa programs.  The E-2 Visa requires less startup capital (around $100,000), and is the fastest way to obtain a visa, although it is not a path to Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card).  The EB-5 Visa requires an initial investment of USD $500,000 to $1 million, and comes with Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card), and ultimately, US citizenship.  This article will discuss the details of the E-2 “Entrepreneur Investor Visa.”                     Continue reading

Jennifer Grady, Esq. to Speak at Just People and Start-up Chile in Santiago: How to Do Business and Live in the US Legally

By Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Gayane Khechoomian, Esq.

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SANTIAGO, CHILE-  Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. will be speaking to Chilean entrepreneurs on February 20th, 2015 from 11 am to 12 pm at JustPeople in Las Condes, Santiago de Chile.  She will present a seminar on the practical aspects of achieving the American Dream by living and doing business in the United States, and will provide practical examples from a business and immigration law perspective. In addition, Ms. Grady will be joined by Mariana Noli, Esq., an intellectual property attorney based out of San Diego, CA and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Fair Chance Ordinance, Creating New Requirements for Employers During the Hiring Process

San Francisco City Hall. Justin Sullivan/Getty images.

San Francisco City Hall. Justin Sullivan/Getty images.

by Gayane Khechoomian

As of August 13, 2014, San Francisco businesses with 20 or more employees are required to review an individual’s qualifications before inquiring about that person’s arrest and conviction record(s) and related information.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance (“FCO”) requiring that employers limit the use of criminal history information and follow certain procedures and restrictions when inquiring about and using conviction history information.

Specifically, the ordinance outlines (1) which criminal arrest and conviction records cannot be used during the hiring process, (2) when employers can ask about criminal arrests and convictions, and (3) what interactive process the employer must engage in with regard to the individual’s arrest and conviction record.

In addition, employers covered by the FCO must include in all job ads or solicitations a statement that the employer will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the FCO.

The ordinance covers all jobs temporary, seasonal, part-time, contract, contingent, and commission-based. It also covers those who do work through a temporary or employment agency, and educational or vocational training.

Read more here.

The Grady Firm. P.C. attorneys provide employment document drafting and legal counsel for business owners and Human Resources Managers.  To learn how we may be able to assist you, schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with our attorneys here, or call (323) 450-9010.

4 Ways to Acquire and Retain Customers In Any Industry

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How will you make more money this year?

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.

Now that January has come to an end, you know by now whether you are on your way to achieving your New Year’s resolutions, or whether they are already a thing of the past.  Life happens.  You’re busy.  We’ve all been there.  But if you want to achieve your goals, you have to keep them active in your mind and on your calendar.

If “making more money” is one of your goals for this year, determine what “more money” means to you.  Then identify how to obtain it, whether it is by earning a promotion, notoriety, or repeat customers. This post will discuss ways to acquire and retain customers to increase sales.  Other posts in this series discuss (1) earning recognition in your industry; and (2) obtaining a raise or promotion.

Acquiring and Retaining Customers

Whether you are the owner of a business, or the member of a sales team, acquiring new customers and retaining current ones is essential to the success of every company.  This means that you will need to divide your time between securing new business, and maintaining relevance with the business you already have. Continue reading

4 Ways to Reach Your Health, Wellness, and Relationship Goals in 2014

by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq.

smart goal setting concept Now that 2013 is coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the last year.  Did you achieve the goals you established for yourself?  If not, did you come close, or totally miss the mark?  The best part about the New Year is that you can leave behind the bad parts about 2013, and focus on getting it right next year.

If you notice, the gym is always crowded in January with people who resolve to achieve their fitness goals.  But how long does this last?  The key to success is to keep your goals in front of you throughout the year, and to revise them as the year progresses.

Last year was the first time I outlined my goals for the year in a more concrete way.  On January 2, 2013, I made a list of eight goals for the year, and I taped it to the wall next to my desk so they would be there to motivate me throughout the year.  If I read the goals literally (and thus generously), I achieved five out of the eight, and started on the other three.  What I learned from this exercise is that you have to be very clear and the specific in the goals you set for yourself if you expect to achieve them.  If you put an item in the last position on your list, it is likely that is going to receive the least amount of attention.  If you phrase it in a very general way, it might get lost in the shuffle.  If you only focus on the professional, your personal life may suffer, or vice versa.  In June, I revised the list by removing the goals I already achieved, adding new ones, and moving others up the list. Continue reading