Board Governance

October 14, 2015
Closely Held Business Conference

2015 Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference

Ellie Vilendrer participated as a planning committee member of the 2015 Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference. The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. The all-day conference will feature a complete update including how to advise your current LLC clients and draft an operating agreement under the new LLC statute, new fundraising opportunities under MNvest, cybersecurity planning and preparedness, addressing issues and risks that arise when conducting business online, and more. Attendees will be able to choose from among 19 small-group choices on topics every lawyer should know:
October 12, 2015

Making Ethical Decisions: Why Businesses Should Avoid Taking Short Cuts

As self-interested, wealth maximizers, the impact of our actions on others is not the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating a decision. And for for-profit businesses whose primary concern is a maximized bottom-line, such considerations may be given even less weight if at all. Because people are self-interested and don’t naturally choose the good of the people over their own best interest, we have a complex judicial system that relies on laws to promote justice, fairness, and compensate those who have been treated unfairly. Regardless of the threat of an adverse legal or financial consequence, both businesses and individuals should hold their decisions to high ethical standards—because people matter more than profits.
July 29, 2015
Business, Corporate

Board Governance Best Practices

As we all well know, leadership trickles down. If you want the rank-and-file workers in your company to be transparent and accountable, the leadership must model it. Even the most inconsequential practice in the boardroom, if carried out long enough, will naturally trickle down to the rest of the company and to the front end to the customer base. Here are a few board governance best practices to help keep your business legally and financially sound: