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The Legal Basics of Starting a Creative Business

  • Foster Atl Terrace Studio 696 Somerset Terrace NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (map)

The Bare (Legal) Basics of Starting a Creative Business

Pricing: Non-Members $25,  Members $12.50

March 10th, 2016   Workshop with Jessi Patton

9:30am-11:30am in our Terrace Studio

Jessi's practice, Patton Law, empowers creative business owners and entrepreneurs by helping them build strong businesses and lasting legacies. Jessi serves entrepreneurs because she is committed to helping everyone bring their greatest gifts into the world fearlessly and with joy. She knows mastering the foundational aspects of business building create the conditions of success and open the door to the impact and freedom we want from our life’s work.

Jessi attended American University, a top law school in Washington, DC to pursue a career in commerce after working in international development and trade. Although she enjoyed and thrived in the fast-pace DC culture, she realized her passion was talking to people about the things that matter most to them and helping them to accomplish their own life’s goals. After graduating with honors, she made the decision to forgo an offer from the head of a federal trade agency and presidential appointee in order to create a law practice around helping people build their best life and business.


Member, State Bar of Georgia

Member, Atlanta Bar Association

Leadership Committee, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

  • About this workshop:

How do I protect my company name? Do I need a license? What kind of business structure should I have? Do I even want to start a business?  So many questions run through our head when deciding to start a small business.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed and just ignore them but we know that’s not a good idea, so enter Jessi Patton of Patton Law, an Atlanta lawyer with a passion for serving artists and creatives.  Foster is partnering with Jessi to host a Bare Basics Workshop for creatives, artists, freelancers, and designers who have started or are thinking about starting their own business.

In the Bare Basics Workshop, you will receive straightforward clarity about:

  • Whether starting a business is right for you at all, based on your current situation;
  • An overview of legal structures, how much it costs to set up, and what records you are required to keep;
  • The most common legal structure that works for most creative micro-business owners and freelancers;
  • How to protect your brand and products through trademarks and copyrights;
  • Required licenses and zoning issues;
  • An overview of contracts and when you need them.

This workshop will be geared toward those who know little or nothing about business law.  Our goal is to provide a comfortable discussion space that will help you take empowered steps toward making your dream business a reality.  No question is too basic.  

  • What to bring: Nothing. Bring a pad/pencil or laptop if you'd like to jot note
Later Event: March 30
Foster Member Yoga