WALA Creative Entrepreneurs Series - Business Entities Formation

September 22, 2020  • 

Event Summary


WALA’s Creative Entrepreneurs Series is a series for creatives of all kinds who want to take the next step in their professional career by creating their own business. Explore the basics of forming a business for your creative endeavors, from deciding whether to incorporate as a non-profit or for-profit entity, to understanding copyrights and trademarks, to contract and negotiation skills, and finally to taxes and understanding the grants process.

The series comprises of six sessions to be held on *consecutive Tuesdays, starting Tuesday, September 15, 2020 and continuing through Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 11am – 12:30pm.

Session #2

Business Entities Formation


Presentation and Q & A with:
Cynthia Gayton

This Session Covers:

• Overview of Business Entities
• Types and Organization
• Management and Control
• Liability Protection
• Tax-Related Issues
• Business Agreements
• Shareholder and Membership Agreements
• Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
• Non-Disclosure Agreements
• Non-Profit Entities
• Types
• IRS Form 1023 for Tax-Exempt Status
• Common Mistakes for Entrepreneurs

Cynthia M. Gayton, Esq. holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University in Arlington.

Cynthia is a member of both the State Bar of Virginia and the District of Columbia Bar. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of engineering law at The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She has been a volunteer attorney for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts since 1996. She worked as an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, concentrating in complex antitrust litigation. At the American Institute of Architects, she was associate counsel.

Cynthia is the author of Legal Aspects of Engineering, 8th Edition published by Kendall/Hunt. Finally, she is the author of several articles published by VINE: The Journal of
Information Knowledge Management Systems, including: “Commercial satellite imagery: CI, KM, and trade secret law,” Vol. 37, no.2, 2007; “Beyond Terrorism: Data Collection and Responsibility for Privacy,” Vol. 36, no. 4, 2006; “Alexandria Burned – Securing Knowledge Access in the Age of Google,” Vol. 36, no. 2, 2006; and “Legal issues for the knowledge conomy in the 21st Century,”Vol. 36, no. 1, 06.

Event Details


  • Date

    September 22, 2020

  • Time

    11:00am - 12:30pm

  • Partner

    Alexandria Office of the Arts, Torpedo Factory Arts Center, Arlington Arts, and ArtsFairfax

  • Venue

    Online

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