For-Profit or Nonprofit or Hybrid Business?

Traditionally, the divide between a for-profit or nonprofit organization was clear: for-profit businesses would engage in revenue generation and nonprofits would engage in charitable work to solve social issues and would largely stay away from revenue generation. The rise of social enterprises in recent years, however, has made that distinction less and less clear. Social entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to challenge the […]

Startups: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Good news… your business or organization has more work than you can handle on your own! Now it’s time to hire some help. But before you dive in, there are important issues to consider in terms of the laws that will apply to employees vs independent contractors.
Why does it matter if workers are classified as employees vs. independent contractors?
Simply put, […]

Raising Startup Funds from Friends and Family

Raising funds from friends and family often seems like the logical first step for a new business to raise money. After all, you will be hard pressed to find an investor who is willing to shell out funds when your whole business is simply a couple motivated people with a great idea. However, accepting money from friends and family is not as straight […]

Factors to Consider When Choosing A Business Entity

Elevate Law and Strategy is a San Francisco Bay firm that was formed with the belief that business should be a powerful tool for social impact.

We assist social entrepreneurs by providing them with legal and strategic consulting services, taking the time to get to know the innovators we serve, their ideas, and what they hope to accomplish. We understand that every […]