Johnetta Paye Esq., the lead attorney of J. Paye & Associates, was a featured speaker at Chicago’s own The Bloom Experience on Wed., Nov. 2, for the “Know Your Law” one-hour fall session.
About “Know Your Law”:
Learn how to set up your business properly so you can focus on the money. This session teaches entrepreneurs to properly register in the State of Illinois; create solid contracts and releases for clients and contractors; protect your money and rights; copyright and trademark basics.”
The goal of The Bloom Experience’s five interactive meetups is to help women entrepreneurs:
- Build a stronger network
- Gain the knowledge needed to run a successful business
- Improve camaraderie, networking and collaboration among professionals
- Receive feedback and advice on their business ventures
- Share new ideas with their peers
Paye was chosen as a Creative Leader among four for The Bloom Sessions, which will work with a total of 25 women for 15 hours of training and collaboration. In addition to the one-hour training, Paye will attend the networking and collaboration portion of the Nov. 2 event to speak with attendees, along with participating in a private chat group.
At the event:
During the Bloom Session, attendees participated in a group session where they created a business. Collectively the participants decided to start a nonprofit community center called Windy’s House. The group exercise helped participants learn the minimum number of board members required to start a nonprofit in Illinois. The group also created a logo for each nonprofit, and Paye taught the creative entrepreneurs how to trademark a logo. While discussing trademarks, participants learned the importance of consulting an attorney and doing research before designing and investing money into a trademark that ultimately cannot be registered or protected. Paye explained the difference between copyrights and trademarks. She also provided an overview of the different business entities that creative entrepreneurs can form.
There were several quotable moments from the session, best of all: “I do not want my momma to do my taxes.” This comment highlighted the need to hire professionals to provide services for a start-up business. Another participant learned a valuable lesson about researching trademarks beforehand, speculating “that’s a whole city” after realizing the trademark she wanted was already taken.
For information on more upcoming sessions, visit TheBloomExperience.org.